astonishing act hailing from the wonderful town of Trøndheim
sent us this promising 4-track CD based on an old folk tale from the
region of Telemark, whose comprehensive text comprises of 40 stanzas
including elements of a traditional Norwegian fairy-tale: an abducted
princess, bold men, trolls galore, a happy end with gold and love.
Tha fact that Lumsk are formed by 7 members from 21 to 35, also including,
besides the common instruments, a synth, violin, 2 guitars and a session
female singer (by the way I'm looking for a wife or girlfriend; if she's
as beautiful as her voice, she must be mine forever!!! Give her my data,
we were born to live together...), and lyrics rigorously sung in Norse,
naturally makes you understand how right they are when stating they're
proud of their unique and manifold style, gathering songs from sad folk
moments to larger parts of dark Scandinavian metal.
"Ormin lange" starts with an epic true Viking prologue
by actor Stian Hovland Pedersen at the Trøndelag Theatre and
is at the same time the composition endowed with the best riffs, whilst
"Kampen mot bergetrolli" might be described by somebody
as a mix between the latest Enslaved and the most bewitching and pining
My Dying Bride, but I'll say the band as well has a more elegant and
cinemascopic sound to offer.
An incredibly crushing, every-instrument-balanced and very clear 3-D
sound renders this promo still more appealing, fresh and involves you
to listen to it back from the beginning again and again. At this point,
we have to stress out the importance of Frifond Musikk, whose initiative
helped the financing of the recording (such a thing has NEVER happened
in this big shit I can't leave called Italy, death to Italy as we know
Ladies & gentlemen, "Asmund Fregdegjævar"
is nothing but a masterpiece of gloom, melancholy, Viking atmosphere
and lots of originality; I'm sure this just signed band won't disappoint
us when they'll have to record more songs for a full length CD. In the
meantime contact'em before Lumsk run out of promos.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 15/12/02
7414 Trondheim - Norway