Album Title: Atavismus des Glaubens
This is the second full-length album from Bilskirnir, a German band playing pagan NSBM.
The guitar sound here is somewhat thin and high. The drumming is fine, if a bit sloppy here and there. That's forgivable enough, since Bilskirnir is a one-man band. The vocals are screamed.
"Feuer und Schwert" is a guitar intro that makes use of a rousing guitar line. Excellent, especially for an intro track.
"Atavismus des Glaubens" mixes folky guitar strumming with distorted backing guitar. Widar's snarls bring an almost inevitable atmosphere to this song. This is a highlight of the album.
The main guitar theme from "By Fire, Midgard Shall be Cleansed" is quite reminiscent of mid-period Burzum, as are the vocals. There's a guitar lead near the end that breaks things up a bit.
"Restitution" is slow, deliberate, and atmospheric. Layered guitars and mournful screams establish a mournful mood. This is my least favorite song from this album - the Burzum influence is just too obvious here, and the song doesn't offer much other than that.
"The Cosmic Source" has a cyclic, shifting guitar line, broken up with some neat drum fills. I especially like the ending, with its triumphant lead guitar and distorted fade-out.
"Einsamkeit" is another slow, layered song. The intensity of the vocals and the eerie, shifting guitar make this a much better song than "Restitution".
"Abschied" has some extremely memorable guitar work, along with more of the intense vocals. The echoing nature of this one makes it the best of the Burzum-worshipping tracks on this album.
I much prefer "In Flames of Purification" to this one. "Atavismus des Glaubens" has a lot of atmosphere, but hardly anything in terms of aggression, and most of the riffs aren't as memorable as in Bilskirnir's early work. It's still a good album, but not remarkable. If you're looking for something of theirs from this period, get the Bilskirnir/Finsterwald split CD instead. Not recommended.
Standout Tracks: "Feuer und Schwert", "Atavismus des Glaubens", "Abschied"