Rating: 8.5/10 Release: 22 May 2020 Label: Ván Records As if this year isn’t going to be overflowing with epic releases already, the next opus from Arstidir LIfsins has reached us nice and early. Set to be unleashed on May 22nd via their label Van Records, “Saga á tveim tungum II: …Continue reading →
By: JeffRating: 9/10Release: 26 April 2019Label: Ván Records If your mind hasn’t already been blown by what Arstidir Lifsins has put forth up to this point, then prepare yourselves for annihilation…in a good way. Formed in 2008, Arstidir Lifsins (“The Seasons Of Life”) is semi-international in origin (Germany/Iceland) and up …Continue reading →
By: JeffRating: 9.5/10Release: 27 January 2017Label: Van records I recently put together a short list of my “most looking forward to” releases of 2017 and Arstidir Lifsins was definitely on it. After the release of the monumental “Aldafǫðr Ok Munka Dróttinn” in 2015 and becoming one of my top albums …Continue reading →
Árstíðir Lífsins have recently released one of the most incredible and awe inspiring albums that I have ever heard with “Aldafǫðr ok munka dróttinn” (“Óðinn and the God of the Monks”) an 81 minute masterpiece in metal history. Combining elements of Old Norse literature/stories, ambient/folk/modern instrumentation and numerous vocal styles, Árstíðir Lífsins have created an overwhelming tribute to the past and folklore of the countries of the north. Stefán was able to answer some questions regarding the band, the album and their philosophy…… Jeff (Folk-Metal.NL): First off, Stefan, congratulations are in order regarding “Aldafǫðr ok munka dróttinn”, potentially my top album of the year. What has been the feedback regarding this amazing work been? Stefan: Hello Jeff, the reactions to “Aldafǫðr ok munka dróttinn” have been fantastic so far. In fact, I didn’t come across a single bad review at all.
By: JeffRating: 10/10Release: 6-3-2015Label: Van Records I will be the first one to admit (and rightfully so) that I am guilty of overusing the word “epic” to describe most things that are cool, interesting, or just awesome…mostly, in regards to music. Hearing the new Árstíðir lífsins album in one word …Continue reading →
By: NickScore: 7,5/10Release: 21-3-2014Label: Van Records The Icelandic band Árstíðir Lífsins doesn’t know how to stop. At the end of 2013, they already released a split with Helrunar. Right now they’re back with an own EP, called ‘Þættir úr sögu norðrs’, which can roughly be translated as ‘Elements from the …Continue reading →
By: NickScore: 7,5/10Release: 5-7-2013Label: Prophecy Records / Ván Records “Fragments – A Mythological Excavation” is a split-EP with just 2 songs on it, one from each band. While this doesn’t seem like much, both songs are of such a length (both longer than 15 minutes), to fill the whole EP. …Continue reading →
By: MichelScore: 6.5/10Release: 18-5-2012 I don’t know many Icelandic bands, in fact the only folk or pagan band from this beautiful country I know is Skálmöld. Both bands are heavenly influences by old Icelandic poetry. Skálmöld has done a great job at this. Every now and then there can be …Continue reading →