Genre: Epic Death Metal Melodic Black Metal Viking Metal
Label: Self Released
Heidra is a Danish epic black death metal band that was formed in 2006 in Copenhagen. Since their first steps they had a melodic, almost symphonic, approach in their music and it was 2008 when they self-released their first demo “The Saga“. In 2009 they recorded their second demo “Northern Tales“, but it was released in 2011. In the beginning of 2012 they started recording their debut EP, first time in a professional studio and in the end of October “Sworn to Vengeance” was out. The band also got a stable line-up with a new drummer in its ranks.
This album is actually the first official release of the band and the improvement from their demos is vast! The EP contains only 3 songs and it lasts for a little more than 18 minutes. In my opinion their overall atmosphere is closer to epic death Viking metal with many melodic and symphonic elements. Of course keyboards have the basic role in their melodies, but their guitars are of a very melodic nature too (they don’t just use them to keep the rhythm like many other bands). Heidra use synths to carry some lead epic melodies and to give a symphonic depth in the background, when guitars take the lead. Their songs are moving between mid and fast tempo and they have a quite technical sound for the genre, so they don’t hesitate to add some nice guitar solos in their album. Acoustic guitars and few folk instruments help the band to build a more fantasy atmosphere, especially in the third song “Where Darkness Dwells“. Their vocals range from death metal grunts and grim black metal screams, to clean epic vocals. Morten Bryld is equally good in all these styles and I really hope the band continues this wonderful “dialogue” in the future. They sing only in English and their lyrics deal of course with epic / Viking themes.
“Sworn to Vengeance” is a very promising debut EP, with an excellent production and a very solid sound. Their 3 songs manage to be different and at the same time have the “personal stigma” of the band. I am looking forward to see them in a full-length album, wondering if they can keep the same diversity and quality in their music! The more I listen to this album, the more I will raise its rating (haha). Heidra released this album in a neat digipak with the wonderful artwork by Dragan Paunovic and you can find more info for them in the links below.