Mörk Gryning – Hinsides Vrede


The fact that the Swedish melodic black metal band Mörk Gryning has a new album on the way, “Hinsides Vrede” has probably not passed anyone at this point.

The album, “Hinsides Vrede” will be released through Season of Mist on October 23rd, and most of the fans of the “typical” Swedish black metal, based on melodies will probably be happy.

There have been fifteen years since the band released their last full-length album, “Mörk Gryning”, and another ten years since their full-length album debut, “Tusen År Har Gått”.

I am old enough to have been listening to the bands debut album when it was released, actually a few years before I was more and more getting into black metal and many of its sub-genres. I remember that I bought the “Tusen År Har Gått” CD as a chance, as I often did at the time (when there were decent record stores still, even in Norrköping).

I would not call myself a fan of Mörk Gryning, but I have their albums and I do like them more now than I did when they first released their debut. I enjoy “Tusen År Har Gått” more now, compared to back in 1995 for some reason.

When a band has been around more or less active for such a long time and there is a big gap between the new release and that last one there, one is a bit unsure about what to expect when diving into the new outcome.

Anyway, enough about the past (I hope, can’t promise), “Hinsides Vrede” is a great album, all through. The old fans of the band will get what they can expect when listening to Mörk Gryning and “Hinsides Vrede“.

The album is very melodic, sometimes almost tend to be a little too melodic and polished for my personal taste, could have been a little more aggressive and a little less melodic, but I do get more and more used to the sound and the melodies, so I guess the error is on my side. In other words, this may not be for fans of fast, aggressive, and brutal black metal, this is for fans of melodic black metal that has catchy refrains, and riffs, good variation, combined with nice hooks and twists.

The album is varying and interesting and there are plenty of excellent songs on this record. The third single, “Infernal” is definitely one of the best songs on this album, the song has a nice drive forward and the twists and turns and variation in the song make you want to hear more.

The good thing is that you will get similar types of songs just when passing the song, “A Glimpse of the Sky”, that song is my least favorite song on this record, maybe it’s the folk-music feeling to the song that does not apply to me.

I would say that the album starts to peak when entering the seventh song, “The Night” and then over to the excellent “Sleeping in the Embers”.

There are some instrumental songs on “Hinsides Vrede”, and that is actually quite nice when you, as for me, listen to full albums. For around a minute you just get to listen to the music. It’s not like the instrumental songs are needed for the listener to get some rest, you will probably be able to sing-along on all the other songs.


Track-list:

1. The Depths of Chinnereth (01:00)
2. Fältherren (03:37)
3. Existence in a Dream (03:12)
4. Infernal (03:41)
5. A Glimpse of the Sky (02:56)
6. Hinsides (01:25)
7. The Night (03:13)
8. Sleeping in the Embers (04:25)
9. For Those Departed (01:09)
10. Without Crown (04:29)
11. Black Spirit (04:36)
12. On the Elysian Fields (01:41)


Recording line-up:

Draakh Kimera: Lead & Backing Vocals, Guitars, Drums, Keyboards
Goth Gorgon: Bass, Lead Guitar, Backing vocals, Lead vocals on “Black Spirit”, Keyboards
Avathar: Lead Guitar      
Additional musicians:
CG: Drums on “Fältherren” & “Black Spirit”
Aeon: Backing Vocals, Piano on “For Those Departed” & “On The Elysian Fields”

Live line-up:

Draakh Kimera: Vocals, Guitar
Goth Gorgon: Bass, Backing Vocals
Avathar: Lead Guitar
Aeon: Keyboards
CG: Drums



Artist: Mörk Gryning
Album title: Hinsides Vrede
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Country/Location: Sweden, Stockholm
Record label: Season of Mist
Release date: October 23, 2020


Format Reviewed: Digital promotion album, 320 kbp/s mp3

Mörk Gryning - Hinsides Vrede
  • 90%
    Artist - Album - 90%
  • 90%
    Sound - 90%
90%

Summary

The question is, does Mörk Gryning deliver again on their sixth full-length album, “Hinsides Vrede“?

I would definitely say that they are successful this time, I kind of get the same feeling when listening to this album as when listening to the three first albums.

Mörk Gryning is not lost here, even if they have been away for a long time. The band has done a great record, everyone who is into melodic black metal, especially from Sweden, from a time that once was, 20-25 years ago will most certainly like this album.

Thre are many excellent songs that stand out on this record, actually, all songs, the two first singles released from this album, “Fältherren” and “A Glimpse of the Sky” are the songs that I enjoy the least listening to, besides those, the rest of the songs with vocals is equal to my ears, not equal as sounding alike, but equal when it comes to songs that are great.

Would I buy this album?
Yes, the red vinyl is already pre-ordered and I will try not listening to the digital promo too much, save it a little for when the vinyl arrives.


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