Einherjer – Av Oss, For Oss


Very few albums are truly horrible in the sense of doing something every moment that repels the senses. Instead, they are just bad, meaning inept at achieving an effect, often to the point where you wonder why no one questioned the attempt somewhere in the process.

Av Oss, For Oss could well be the missing Alestorm album. Its songs always revert to bouncy faux-Nordic style that might fit a Disney ride or guest musicians on a motorized Viking longboat tour of the marshes of Louisiana. Musically, nothing here is incompetent, but it also lacks any inspiration and plods along with nothing to offer and then loses track of itself, and falls back on the same shorthand. There really is no point discussing the album beyond saying that because no album can redeem itself from that point.

I remember acquiring an early Einherjer album which people swore was just the bee’s knees. Hipsters really talked that way in the past but thankfully they’ve moved on to newer phrases like sui generis and “off the chain.” Back then it seemed unfocused but short. Av Oss, For Oss just seems like people sketching out a rough guideline and then writing to fill, and when they get something that qualifies, never looking back. Hit record, then print, and hope some money wanders in the door.

What is really missing here is a sense of proportion and of the parts relating to one another. Instead we get a random flow of boring riffs put together in nonsense order with heavy repetition and when the song goes nowhere, as said above, it falls back on a few patterns these guys really like. Individual parts are well-executed but without energy or flair, which makes me think this band should just break up and donate members to better bands who need competent people to fill basic roles. They are far from alone, since post-1994 black metal generally sucks, but this album just double-underlines the point and then writes it, Bart Simpson style, in endless repetitions down the chalkboard.

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8 thoughts on “Einherjer – Av Oss, For Oss

  1. Nomen Nescio says:

    Here in Europe folk metal like this is to European black metal as this whole Cascadian post-black metal gimmick is to US black metal. Difference is that the music is performed by drunk LARPers with plastic horned helmets and MjĂžlners in the former and by upper-middle class college age androgynous latte-sipping twits in the latter case.

    1. BB says:

      Not sure if that analogy is 100% correct. Einherjer has been around since 1993, 10 years prior to WITTR. Anyhow, I’d rather listen to WITTR than Einherjer any day, including their early output.

      1. Nomen Nescio says:

        I thought that BM was seen more as this “normal” thing in Europe far before than in the US. Someone from the US can correct me on that.

  2. Celtic Frosted Flakes says:

    I can’t say that I understand why these last three reviews didn’t end up in a Sadistic Metal Reviews article.

  3. Phil says:

    The opening riff of that Youtube song rips off Burzum’s Stemmen Fra Tarnet. And listening on, the whole song does.

    1. Anacron says:

      Spot on with that observation.

  4. Simulacron says:

    If I could choose only one of their releases, then it would be the Aurora Borealis demo.

  5. Shit 666 says:

    The Bart Simpson analogy is apt for metal in general now.

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