The Trollish Mirror (Metal Blade)
by Paul Lee
This Amsvartner EP was released in ’97, and has finally been licensed and released in the States. It’s already and old representation of the band as I’ve heard they’ve since released a full-length that’s much more advanced. Even so, The Trollish Mirror is a good bit of Swedish blackened death metal in the vein of Sacramentum and Dissection. The 22 minutes/four songs here are bursting with speedily picked melodic blasts and growly black metal vocals. Though I might reach for my Dissection CDs first, Amsvartner provides a welcome addition to my collection and is the methadone to my Swede-death addiction.
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