Fejd- Eifur

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

In 2001, several members of Swedish power metal bands Pathos and Nostradameus decided to form a new group called Fejd that allowed them to write music that focused on Nordic folk music. They released their sophomore effort Eifur on Napalm Records earlier this year and while it is closer to folk rock than folk metal it feels more authentic than a lot of the other folk efforts that have come out. Admittedly this may be a bit too mellow for some metal fans and it does get a little repetitive by the end, but there is still something genuinely charming about this album.

In some ways Eifur feels similar to other folk metal albums, but as I mentioned earlier it is much lighter in tone and often seems to be more rock influenced. While a lot of the folk metal bands have the same sound, Fejd uses different instruments which gives them a bit of a unique sound. Instead of using the flute or other wind instruments of that type, the band uses moraharpa (keyed harp) and other instruments that aren’t as common in this genre. However, while this initially makes an impact by the time the twelfth song has finished the album has started to sound the same. I realize that this is likely the nature of the traditional folk genre itself, but part of the problem is that Eifur is just a bit too long. At nearly fifty minutes in length the songs do seem to drag on, and if Fejd either writes a slightly shorter album next time around or finds a way to correct this they could make an even better impression.

The Rimmerfors brothers split vocal duties throughout the album and they do a great job. Each one has a very melodic pitch that is well suited to the music and grabs your attention. I couldn’t tell you which one has which pitch as they sometimes sound very similar to one another, but both singers stand above the instrumentals and steal the spotlight. I also can’t comment on the lyrical content as all of it is in Swedish, but based on what I’ve read about the band they are telling some traditional Nordic tales as well as some other folklore and hopefully some translations will pop up on the Internet at some point.

Fejd is good but not great at this point in time as their material does become a bit too repetitive. However, this group does have a sound that is different enough from the other folk metal/rock acts out there and if they can continue to refine it I have a feeling they will become quite a few people’s favorite. But they’re not there just yet and for now are merely a competent act working their way towards the spotlight.


Full Disclosure: Review copy provided by Napalm Records

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