Another black metal band from Scandinavia, Amsvartner (a mythological lake) obtain a deal in their teens and record an EP for Metal Blade called The Trollish Mirror. A Demo I and Underneath The Thousand Years Gate had preceded the deal. Albin and Alfred are twins, Marcus is their older brother and the band is from Umea in the north.
AMSVARTNER - DREAMS - BLACKEND
Formed in 1993 in Sweden, the Umea boys have already one EP to their name, 97's The Trollish Mirror. Issuing label makes a lot out of the fact that the band is original and for once I am bound to agree with the bio. supplied with the music. Amsvartner, you see, while certainly using ideas from many fields do demonstrate a knack for following original patterns and arrangements unique to the quintet. But what do they sound like? For one, for the most part, this is death metal. Songs like The Predator, Ada (with its drawn Morbid Angel-ish riff) and Dreams (a fantastic mix of heaviness and feeling) certainly prove that. But the band go on to mix some funky bass into their metal (the oddly-titled Funkyman) or go as far as do a softer jazz mix on Sleep. It might sound confused, but the band's convincing musicianship is such that one gets the feeling that both straightforward metallers and the more adventurous fans can get into this. If you like Morbid Angel, At The Gates, Anacrusis or older Sentenced then this is one to look into. - Ali "The Metallian"