Genre: Cinematic Progressive Metal
Label: By Norse Music
Release date: 19/05/2023
Norse mythology is the goose that lay the golden egg. Countless bands, regardless of origin, have dealt with this topic in every possible way, to the point where it can become tiresome.
Drott, a nice Norwegian group consisting of Arve Isdal (Enslaved), Ivar Thormodsæter (Ulver) and Matias Monsen, decided that the world needed an album, dedicated to Trolls and the magical forests of their country.
At first glance, the unsuspecting listener will be lured in by the collaboration of Ulver and Enslaved, expecting a beautiful journey that will balance the psychedelic moments of our Viking metal heroes and the urban electronic gaze of the ever fearsome wolves.
Unfortunately, at no point “Troll” does anything more than an attempt to compose a movie soundtrack. The feeling that “Troll” exudes is reminiscent of horror movies and could ideally accompany an RPG session, as it provides tension in its strong moments, while when it takes a breath, it gives the necessary space to create atmospheric images.
Nevertheless, the listening does not leave its marks and does not offer emotions; it works like an exercise in creating soundscapes. The melodies don’t stand out, the guitar parts are typical Black Sabbath-y in a more overblown version, the effects seem contrived and the whole thing didn’t convince me at any point.
I’ll pass without guilt.