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Incineration Astern
(Stygian Crypt Productions)

Folk / Viking Metal normally is not really my cup of tea, apart from a few bands I like, but when I did some researches about MIELLNIR from the Ukraine, I found out that the band is already active now for ten years and only now, they present their first full-length release. Lazyness can be the cause for this, missing skills and ideas or simply writing and rehearsing, until proper material can be released. I must admit, that the last reason fits for these warriors from the Ukraine. THYRFING and MANEGARM quickly come into my mind while listening to the first tracks, even though they do not simply copy these bands. What I like about the material is, that the fundament is pure Viking Metal, complemented with Folk influences and melodies. Also some influences of Scandinavian Black- / Death Metal can be found as well as classic Death Metal. The vocals are mostly caws, complemented with some grunts, what fits the material good, as it gives it a harder note. The guitars are well used, especially the lead guitar is perfect, as the listener can discover some really nice melodies from spin to spin, sometimes well-hidden and not to discover at first hear. Keyboards are of course used as common in this genre, to create the folky atmosphere, but on this release the balance is fine and not annoying or wimpy. The drumming is precise and well dosed, the production powerful and clear and combined with the strong songwriting and the really well-chosen and nice cover artwork, "Incineration Astern" is a fine release apart from the mainstream path of the well-known bands. For fans of this genre, recommended to pay some attention to these warriors and if possible, try to check the killer track 'Journey Through The Nine Worlds'. More information at or

Michael Kujawska

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