Gremnir - Sandr Ok Snjár (feat. Naheli and Suvi)
Released off label 2023
This review was commissioned. However, it bears no weight on the score or decision. All reviews are written from an unbiased standpoint.
I shan’t lie when I say that the cover art for Gremnir’s latest single Sandr Ok Snjár immediately thought that he took inspiration from Dune. Which, I admit, I did find quite odd considering that he focuses around neopagan folk music. And how wrong I was when I read that ‘Sandr Ok Snjár’ takes influence from the Old Norse poem ‘Hávamál’, as well as “scales from classical Persia / Iran, singing styles from Mongolia, and western traditional instruments including Irish bodhrán drum and cello.” Regardless of where he gets his influences from, Gremnir fastens them into a modern epic for all audiences.
The opening track focuses on what sounds like a cello playing over ambiance as Gremnir sings above it. Around the two-minute mark things quiet down for a little plucking serenade before Gremnir returns with his signature gruff vocals. Opening up into a tribal like beat with his two guest vocalists, Naheli and Suvi, providing an ethereal element to the production. From there it’s a non-stop bout of chanting, tribal percussion, and ancient instruments playing out until around the five-minute and thirty second mark where things take a more ritualistic turn. A gorgeous send out as if the heavens above broke lead us out of the song.
Gremnir does it again, moving ancient traditions and instruments into the modern age, in a gorgeous fashion. There’s not much more to be said here.
Sep 03 2023
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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