Album Review: Fellwarden – Oathbearer (Eisenwald Tonschmiede)


If you like your black metal feeling & sounding like a post-metal epic then look no further then Oathbearer, the new album from Fellwarden. Released earlier this year via Eisenwald Tonschmiede, come with us on this journey laid out by Fellwarden.

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As much about creating an atmosphere as it is delivering hard hitting blackened metal, Oathbearer gets things started strongly with the exciting & huge sounding Guardian Unbound. Traditional sounding riffs, beats & vocals wrapped up in effects similar to a post-metal sound.

The middle of the song stops things dead, utilising a thumping drum beat & evolving into a much slower & hauntingly beautiful song. It’s really well done, so much so that as it picks up in pace it sounds really natural. A fantastic opening song that raises the question…what next!?

Sun of Ending & In Death, Valiant continue the impressive work. The former a catchy melody driven number that elicits all kinds of emotion from the listener. While the latter has a real folksy vibe to it. Both still try to tear your face off with hot spurting jets of black metal but it’s these melodic elements that really make the difference. A contender for the best song on the album.

The 10 minute wonder that is Wayfarer Eternal flows like a stream through the mountainous riffs, deep melody & jagged vocals before A Carin-Keeper’s Lament lightens things up. A soft strumming guitar melody that increases in energy & volume as it goes on. A prelude, almost, to the final track.

Coming in at nearly 13 minutes, Sorrowborn is an epic in every sense of the word. Extremely heavy but with get use of atmospheric elements & melody to keep its head above water. A stunning culmination of everything Fellwarden have achieved with this wondrous piece of work.

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Fellwarden – Oathbearer Full Track Listing:

1. Guardian Unbound
2. Sun of Ending
3. In Death, Valiant
4. Wayfarer Eternal
5. A Carin-Keeper’s Lament
6. Sorrowborn

Oathbearer is out now & can be bought or listened to on most major streaming services. You can pick the physical version over on Bandcamp & make sure you check out the band over on Facebook too.

Fellwarden - Oathbearer (Eisenwald Tonschmiede)
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