Fenriz guitar, bass, vocals,
drums & keys
Isengard is a one-man-band
by Fenriz, formed because he had some ideas that didn't fit into Darkthrone.
He wanted Darkthrone to be Darkthrone, and not become progressive. Isengard
can be described as Folk Black Metal. Most of the material is inspired
by Norwegian culture and old superstition. Fenriz goes out from the heathen
Norway, before the Christianity was forced into the country. If you like
Storm, this is the music for you. Vinterskugge and Høstmørket
also includes some really Black Metal songs, like Darkthrone. But it is
the Norse-inspired songs that really make Isengard so fantastic. Another
thing that makes Isengard, is the demo-sound. It is real crappy production.
That's because Fenriz loves lousy production. I don't know if there is
going to be released more albums from Isengard, but the two that is already
released is very good.
Vinterskugge: It's the opening track,
and it has a superb riff. The lyrics are marvellous, and the singing is
great. (...riva deg sund, lem for lem). In English: Wintershadow. (...tear
you apart, limb for limb).
Gjennom skogen til blaafjella: (Through
the forest to the mountains blue), is an instrumental based on a guitar-riff.
Ut i vannets dyp der mørket hviler:
(In the abyss where the darkness rests), a bit more faster, and it's more
Black Metal vocals on this one. It is very dark and itchy.
Dommedagssalme: (Doomsdaypsalm), has a
touchy feeling, and laid back vocals with an enormous lyric.
In the halls and chambers of stardust the
crystallic heavens open: Played on an instrument that I can't remember
the name off, looks like a piano. Great melody, and the mood is very very
Fanden lokker til stupet: (The devil allures
to the cliff), based on guitar-riff again. Cool title.
Naglfar: This is the masterpiece. The
lyrics is about old Norwegian superstition, and the ship that is coming
when the world is going under. With sails of the dead-peoples skin, and
the hull built with the dead-peoples nails. Superb. This is a situation
from the twilight-of-the -gods.
II: Spectres Over Gorgoroth (Isengard -demo)
Thy Gruesome death: Real Black-Metal with
real Black-Metal vocals. This is not so Isengard, it's more like Darkthrone.
Dark Lord Of Gorgoroth:
Rise from Below: Die!
The Fog: Noisy. Great sound tough. Imagine
yourself, and the Norwegian fog. It's foggy, and it's dark.
Storm of Evil: This one has got a rocky
feel, with cool vocals and a fine keyboard riff. "Only true believers,
will survive the storm of Evil".
Bergtrollets Gravferd: (The Mountain-Trolls
Funeral)This is an instrumental, and it's real funeral music. Dark, mystic
Our Lord Will Come: Funny vocals, but
with a clear message: OUR LORD WILL COME .
Neslepaks: Spelled backwards Neslepaks is
Skapelsen, that in Norwegian means Creation (Genesis). Fenriz is telling
us about day 7 to day 13. Great lyrics. And the songs on this album are
more Norse-inspired. A Folky riff, with Fenriz deep clear Nordic voice.
Landet og Havet: (The land and the sea),
Here Fenriz is singing over himself melodically. A hymn to Norway (Noriigs
I Kampf med Kvitekrist: (In battle with
Christ): Great song, triumphant. The singing on this one is great, so are
the lyrics. But beware.....
I ei gran borti nordre åsen: A simple
synth-riff, and Fenriz using Norwegian folk music, and he is going all
over the place with his great voice. No real lyrics, except: Fuck You !!
Over de syngende øde moer: Maybe
the best track Fenriz has ever written. Totally great singing, and very
good guitars on this one. It is very spellbinding. It feels like a journey
into the great Norway.
Thornspawn Chalice: Black-Metal song.
It sounds a bit like the first track on Darkthrone's Panzerfaust, but heavier.
Splendid lyrics, and amazing vocals.
Total Death: More Black-Metal. It's an
old unreleased Darkthrone song, re-recorded.