First, this has nothing to do with the godly British band
that BNR readers should be well familiar with by now.
With that out of the way ... Fröm The Fjörds
is one of those albums
that embodies the term "lost gem".
This was truly ahead of its time in more ways that one, as no one
was doing Viking-inspired metal in 1979.
And this came from Connecticut no less!
The style here is a kind of loose, jam-sessiony, dark epic metal, sort of
like what bands like
attempted several years later.
Also, for some reason, an album that comes to mind when listening to this
is none other than
Caress Of Steel
-- it's not a soundalike, but there's a similar out-there
mood that pervades several songs here.
Musicianship-wise, you've got clear vocals, excellent riffing from both
guitars and bass, and a completely over-the-top drum performance from one
Raymond Frigon (there's even a full-on drum solo here showcasing his talents).
Apparently only 500 vinyl copies of the album were made, and the band
disappeared without a trace (the guitarist/vocalist passed away just four
Truly one of those hidden gems that is quite worthwhile seeking out.
Fröm The Fjörds
- The Destroyer
- The Wizard's Vengeance
- The Golden Bell
- The Confrontation
- Against the Gods
- The Iron Horse
- From the Fjords
- Kevin Nugent
- Fred Melillo
- Raymond Frigon