Galar - Galar (Demo)
1. Slagmarkens fallende sjeler
Demo, Self Released 2005
Galar is a Bergen-based viking metal band, founded late 2004 by both Smaug and Slagmark. Just recently they've recorded their first demo, recorded and mixed by Slagmark himself. On this demo Slagmark handles the guitars, bass and vocals while Smaug takes care of the lyrics. As session-member Galar used Fornjot on the keyboards, clean vocals and basson. After the recording of this demo also Fornjot joined Galar as a full-time member. Drums on this recording are done by a drum-computer but the band is currently looking for a real drummer of flesh and blood. And actually this is about all the information available on Galar yet.
On this self-titled three track demo Galar managed to completely blow me away with their fantastic catchy viking metal. The band claim to be influenced by among others Windir, Borknagar and Taake. Especially the Windir influences can be recognized but I also want to mention Glittertind and especially old Forlorn. The Taake and Borknagar influences can not be found by me unfortunately.
All three songs on this demo sound really catchy which make them an enjoyable listening and all are played mainly epic-sounding mid-paced. The main vocals are like a mixture of grunts and screams but what makes it all the more interesting are the epic choir-alike clean vocals which give the songs an extra dimension. Just remember the clean vocals on "Forlorn" and "The crystal palace", both from fellow Norwegian viking metal band Forlorn. Worth mentioning are also the really catchy guitarlines which makes these songs stick to your mind immediately.
I have to say I like this demo a lot and to be honest I haven't heard such a good viking metal demo since the "In times of the oath" demo from Cult of Catharsis. I'm not sure if this demo will be for sale but interested ones can always check http://www11.nrk.no/urort/user/?id=25523 where this demo can be downloaded for free. One thing is sure and that is that I will play this demo really a lot the next coming time because I'm totally addicted to it!