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1. Grimner ‘Vanadrottning‘
Amazing just like with their album ‘Frost mot Eld’ in 2016, Grimner won the battle for the first place with their album ‘Vanadrottning’ this year again. Remarkable fact: their label Despotz Records delivered the Best Album or Best Debut-Album for the 3rd year in a row.
With 36 out of 50 points Grimner was the obvious winner this year. Two times voted for as best album of the year and one time 2nd best, made them outstanding winners.
“I would say that “Vanadrottning is as good if not better than “Frost Mot Eld”……and I reviewed “Frost” and it was a 10 so another 10 without question.” “What I appreciate is that they are not trying to be something they are not…..like writing a 20 minute song for an example. Tracks range in the 3 to 6 minute range and they understand that is more than enough time to get everything accomplished. The flute/pipes parts are there as always and probably the most identifiable part of their sound thanks to Johan but I would say that everyone gets a chance to shine on this album.”
Sweden’s Grimner have once again put together another epic album for label Despotz with their latest opus “Vanadrottning” With their 3rd full length under their collective belts, Grimner is now poised to vault into the stratosphere with a string of European tour dates to promote the album. Flute specialist Johan Rydberg answered some questions for us regarding the latest album, the lineup change, the tour and a few other things… check it out…
Once again another epic album from Grimner… what have you been hearing as far as how it has been received so far?
“Thank you very much! The reception has been really good so far. Some seem to like the heavier sound of this album although some seems prefer the more melodic/epic previous album. Anyhow not much bad critique so far.”
By: JeffRating: 10/10Release: 9 February 2018Label: Despotz Records Sweden’s Grimner has had quite a successful run as of late…..top EP in 2015 for me with their acoustic “De Kom Från Nor” and our top album “Frost Mot Eld” in 2016 here at folk-metal.nl. So now 2018 ushers in a new … Continue reading →
2016 has given us the gift of a new Grimner album entitled “Frost Mot Eld” due to be released later this month. With one of my top albums of 2014 (“Blodshymner”) and my top EP of 2015 (“De Kom Från Norr”) Grimner had set a very high standard and they delivered big time with this new album. Featuring all of the things we love about them… killer riffs, folky instruments, layered vocals and heavy catchy tunes, “Frost Mot Eld” is in the running for album of the year. Both Ted Sjulmark and Marcus Asplund Brattberg (both vocalists and guitarists) dropped in to answer questions regarding the new album, touring and a few other things… check it out.
By: Jeff Rating: 10/10 Release: 26-3-2016 Label: Despotz When I said last month I may have been hasty in proclaiming the new Borknagar album of the year, along comes the new Grimner album and helps me prove my point….. Being hasty that is. Right on the heels of being a … Continue reading →
The North brings us…
After ascending to my top 10 releases from 2014, Sweden’s Grimner have returned with an EP entitled “De Kom Från Norr”. Featuring 5 tracks, the EP is all acoustic and traditional based which shows Grimner’s musical ability and ties to the music of their ancestors. Ted Sjulmark (guitarist/vocalist) was able to answer a few questions regarding the EP…check it out…..Continue reading →
By: Jeff Rating: 9/10 Release: 18-9-2015 Label: Indie If you listen religiously to the podcast that I do for the site then you should already know that Sweden’s Grimner were in my top 10 albums from 2014 with their epic “Blodshymner”. What a surprise when I heard the news that … Continue reading →
Grimner, Encorion & Druantia ToDo Best, The Netherlands 19-4-2014 On Saturday evening the 19th of April I travel to Best to see the performance of Druantia, Encorion and Grimner. For a meagre five euros these bands can be seen live in the youth centre Todo. Plenty of reasons to get … Continue reading →
By: Astrid Score: 8/10 Release: 21-3-2014 Label: Independent Grimner’s first full CD blodshymner fits the vikings perfectly. Powerful dark music with strong lyrics and a joyful undertone. The first song gives one the feeling as though you are there at the field of battle, fighting for your clan’s survival. The … Continue reading →