Album Review: Vintersorg – “Till Fjälls del II”

Vintersorg Till Fjälls del II

I think we’ve already established my feeling for Andreas Hedlund, aka Vintersorg, the man of 1,001 hats, all of them metal.  Even in his most, uh…let’s say esoteric outings (I’m looking at you, Waterclime) there’s a willingness and sincerity to everything he does, and a growth or expansion of sound and genre that’s truly inspiring.  So the last thing you’d expect is for the man to look backwards, but after years of fans clamoring for him to do a “sequel” (weird as the concept is to an album that is decidedly non-narrative in nature) here we are with Till Fjälls del II, a sequel in spirit as the man returns to the mix of black metal and folk that initiated his journey.   Continue reading

Nine Circles ov…Vintersorg

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Andreas Hedlund, aka Vintersorg, aka Mr. V (if you believe his Wikipedia page) was a prime component of my re-entry into extreme metal.  After falling in with Opeth’s Morningrise I wasn’t sure where to head next, so I went to the record store and maxed out my credit card randomly picking up a bunch of CDs I thought looked cool.  The first one I listened to was Empiricism by Borknagar, and while my response to the music was lukewarm (more an issue with the production than the actual songwriting) the vocals hooked me immediately.  As fate would have it one of the other CDs I picked up was Vintersorg’s Cosmic Genesis, and listening to that I began to get the sense of just how much versatility and talent this guy had.

So much versatility and talent it’s taken at least seven different bands to contain him so for this week’s Nine Circles ov… let’s dive into some of the music created by, driven buy, or enhanced by the man some (I don’t know who) know as Mr. V.   Continue reading