Fortid are a band from Iceland that plays a viking form of black metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "9" which will be released on March 27th by Schwarzdom Productions.
A very heavy and melodic sound starts off the album along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and the solos and leads also use a great amount of melody throughout the recording and you can also hear some clean singing vocals being added into certain sections of the recording.
When aggressive vocals are added onto the recording they are very grim sounding high pitched black metal screams and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and when clean playing is utilized it gives the music more of a progressive feeling while the fast parts and blast beats gives the album more of a raw black metal feeling.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and you can also hear elements of thrash in the bands musical sound at times and as the album progresses some of the songs bring in synths which also gives the recording more of an atmospheric feeling and some of the songs also add in an influence of Norwegian black metal.
Fortid plays a style of viking/black metal that can be very raw and atmospheric at times while focusing more on mid paced structures, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Norse mythology.
In my opinion Fortid are a very great sounding viking/black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Hrafnar" "Viska" "Galdur" and "Hof". 8 out of 10.