This pagan band was founded in 2009. The band had a girl cook and play keyboards during this period. Morgenrot was the immediate demo. Black Tower Productions of Switzerland issued the band’s debut album in May 2011.
Belleum Aeternum Est was a 2014 demo. Art Gates Records has issued Frijgard’s Chapter Zero. Maxi had already left.
FRIJGARD – CHAPTER ZERO – ART GATES
Frijgard could easily be termed Switzerland’s answer to Immortal, but there is more to it than that. The band had a keyboardist in its early days, but has clearly grown up, became serious and is now delivering metal the true way. Immortal was always directly inspired by Bathory and one can hear some Bathory in Frijgard, but opening tracks Blazing Ark and Blurry Horizon are Immortal ditties vocally and musically. The Swiss guys take a more simplistic approach in their music something which makes the songs effective and catchy – if that term can be used for such extreme music – but it comes at a cost. Crimson Skies and Haven are too simple and repetitious and the band has almost run out of song here. As mentioned, there is more to Frijgard than Immortal and that element is the melancholy always just below the surface of the album. It comes more to the fore on Tilia the six and a half-minute closer, which like all tracks appears to bear simple lyrics. Aftermath is a weak song partly because it begins with a rocketellica riff, but the quality of the aforementioned Blazing Ark, Blurry Horizon, Tilia and Falling Stars cannot be denied.
Elsewhere this album is sanctified with a clear and punchy production and special mention goes to the warm and loud sound of Sandro’s bass, which adds a lot to the tracks. It is a joy to listen to as is the album as a whole. Finally, the promotional CD names the band 'Frijard.’ Either way, it sounds suspiciously close to a household appliance, doesn’t it? – Ali “The Metallian”