Release: 23 March 2011
Label: Spinefarm Records
Where the previous album ended (“Novembre”), this album continues. The new Crimfall open with “Dicembre”. A cinematic opening, later supported by a massive orchestration. Next, a thin violin and then… metal. Wow, what an opening for this album, I was immediately in love. Where the previous album was already beautiful, here it is even more robust and all I can say about that, I love it.
Where the previous album was more of a mix between folk-metal and Gothic, “The writ of Sword” significantly moved up in the metal direction. The folk influences are still significant, for example the female vocals in the opening of “Storm Before the Calm”. The female vocals are perhaps the only downside to this album. In the folk tunes, I consider it very nice, but when she starts to sing pieces is all somewhat to Gothic to me. I’d rather listen to the female voices of Battlelore and Kivimetsän Druidi, two bands that Crimfall can absolutely be compared with.
But that is the only downside to this album.
The album ends with “Son of North” somewhat like it started, a cinematic ending. Conclusion: a strong album and I’ve already worn it out.
- Storm Before the Calm
- Frost upon Their Graves
- Shackles of the Moirai
- The Writ of Sword
- Silver and Bones
- Son of North