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Kin of Ettins : Tears for Lost Ages

The jotuns from the Norse sagas have gone under many other names during the years: Trolls, rimethurs, giants, and many more. The modern English word for this kin of humanoid beasts is 'ettins', which has its origin in the Proto-Germanic word 'etan', "to eat". It is thought that 'ettin' therefore is a reference to the elements of nature, which can swallow a man's life. I can believe that theory as our mythology in Northern-Norway still focus much on explaining our harsh climate and the equally harsh lives that had to be lived up here. As I see it, this all amounts to an explanation of death. The ettin is the sea who swallows the sailor, the mountain that devours the traveller, and the storm which engulfs the child which did not make it back home in time. Kin of Ettins may not have thought so deeply of this, but nonetheless their name holds an animation of doom.

And doom is what you get on 'Tears for Lost Ages', an oldschool traditional doom with the slight impurity of a Norse feeling. It's as if the influences of the band doesn't just include the regular doom bands but also bands with viking metal elements. As one can read from the bands list of influences on their MySpace page, names such as Bathory, Finntroll and Amon Amarth have snuck their way in between names such as Black Sabbath, Trouble, and Saint Vitus. This lesser influence does something unique to the music despite that it remains as oldschool as it can get. In other words, Kin of Ettins have found a way to establish their own unique path in a genre which is so well trodden that I never would have dared believe that it still had untrampled ground left to explore.

This album mourns the passing of the ages of ancient Norse mythology (hence the title), and I can understand that grief. As this album has proved, the history which we have inherited from those ages is a well of inspiration, which even in miniscule amounts can make such a great difference as it has on this album.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Forest of Sunlight and Shadow
2. Forge Fire and Bellow
3. Waking Memory (Mountains)
4. Ravens' Flight
5. Watchman and Wanderer
6. Falcon Skies
7. Folkvang (Awake but Dreaming)
8. In Loving Memory...

Duration : Approx. 39 minutes.

Visit the Kin of Ettins bandpage.

Reviewed on 10-09-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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