Askrinn – Hjørleifsljóð

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Hjørleifsljóð,” the self-released debut of the one-man black metal project Askrinn, begins so suddenly that I was taken quite aback – I wasn’t sure if the disc might have skipped, so abruptly does it plunge into its pagan metal, double-kicking and tremolo-picking groove. The brusqueness of this beginning is indicative of the album’s mindset – comprised of five tracks with a running time just a shade over half an hour (including the cover of “Hymn to the Forgotten Pagan Gods” by Hungarian black metallers Bornholm that closes the record), this is strictly a lean, no frills affair. The manner of “Hjørleifsljóð” is very much that of a self-released debut – robust in its execution despite being modest in its ambitions, playing more like a means to get in and establish a foothold in Askrinn’s chosen genre than an attempt to reinvent the wheel…

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