Release: 25 September 2020
Label: Northern Silence productions
I guess at this point I am the resident Dwarrowdelf reviewer here and gladly so. The debut album (“The Sons Of Feanor”) and follow up (“Of Dying Lights”) were both reviewed by me and so now is this 3rd album. “Evenstar” will be released on Northern Silence on September 25th with 7 tracks totaling 44 minutes. I know there is another album in there which we did not review (“From Beneath The Fells” which I would say would be considered a semi-cover/dungeon synth inspired album…EPIC) but we are now back on board. Dwarrowdelf’s main member Tom O’Dell has been super busy as of late, contributing to the latest Sojourner album and he has another full blown project of epic power metal in Battle Born (not reviewed here but this is super killer…check it out), For those unfamiliar, Dwarrowdelf is a Tolkien inspired project along the lines of Summoning and Emyn Muil but definitely takes some much different approaches to exploring Middle Earth. Most notably from the first few seconds is the use of a real drummer in Joe Bollettiero (aka Vulcan from the stellar Beorn’s Hall). The “mechanized” sound from previous works now gives way to a wider and more spontaneous percussion sound which totally makes for new paths. It also allows for the blast beats to not sound so robotic when used. While the drums have made for a more natural sound, the guitar work and keys are still on the same level as the previous works with each trading as the main riff instrument throughout. Tom has also blended both of his styles of clean and heavy vocals with equal usage, balancing and using them where necessary and most fitting. The tracks range from 5 to 8 minutes in length and one thing that struck me more on this release is even though it is Tolkien based it definitely feels like it’s not as confined or painted into a corner with it….sure, if you really delve into the lyrics you know what it is but the style is so much different than others in the genre, it really feels unique. On “The Eagle Of The Star” for example, the riff and tempo/percussion style has a much more just metal feel. “The Three Hunters” might be the most “progressive” track to date…..I’m using progressive loosely here since it still has all of the hallmarks of Dwarrowdelf. I was actually reminded a lot of Sojourner here and sure enough our friend Mike Lamb adds piano to some tracks here. Other guests include Jeremy Reinhold from Beorn’s Hall on guitar for the solo in “For The Kingdom I Shall Claim” and Kristoffer Graemesen on Tin Whistle. The overall sound really has a more expansive and fuller sound making for a strong release. Anyone looking for another Summoning clone should be prepared to find something far more reaching and adventurous with “Evenstar”.
- For the Kingdom I Shall Claim
- The Eagle of the Star
- In Pursuit of Ghosts
- The Three Hunters