Black-folk metallers GALAR, hail from Bergen, Norway. GALAR is a two-man band that makes use of guest artists from various musical disciplines, as well as an unusual array of instruments including bassoon, grand piano, double bass, cello, viola and violin. Combining haunting melodies with blast beats and grim vocals, GALAR creates a sound that is evocative of the traditions of both black metal and folk music.
With the release of “Til alle heimsens endar” in 2010, the Bergen based band Galar received a lot of good response, which also ended up in their first live appearances.
The core duo consisting of M. Kristiansen and A. B. Lauritzen have since worked steadily with their 3rd opus, “De gjenlevende”, which they again recorded at Concleave & Earshot Studio with Bjørnar E. Nilsen. Once more, they recruited drummer Phobos (Aeternus, Gravdal) for the recording, joined by several session musicians that include both a string quintet and a horn quartet which fit in with the epic nature of the material, both musical and lyrical, that has been created for the six-track, concept album.
Jorge Blutaar, the band’s lyricist, recently briefly explained the concept behind the album, which draws its inspiration from Pan-European folklore, ontology, and elegies.
“Its five contemplative texts tell of the utter dreadfulness that haunts both the human mind and body when the season of winter holds every living thing in its grasp. Winter is the time of utter gloom, enfeeblement and inescapable death, which challenges mankind, beasts and plants equally. Yet, as long as there is life, there is hope, and eventually a new era of the Sun will bring to an end the seemingly eternal darkness of winter. With the arrival of spring hope and life will flourish once more. It is a portrayal of this cyclical process of transformation that is as old as the history of mankind itself”.
Now Dark Essence Records is set to release Galar’s epic and monumental album, which also sees the band exploring a bit more harsher and extreme sound without losing their special symphonic elements.
Release date: March 16 2015
Legacy - 12 out of 15 - "Trauer, Kälte und Hoffnung werden hier gekonnt in Musik umgewandelt! Intensiv, norwegisch, geil!"
Metal.de - 9 out of 10 - "Harsche Parts treffen auf herzerwärmende Melodien und sanfte Töne - musikalisch holen GALAR zum ganz großen Wurf aus!"
Hell Is Open - 10 out of 10 - "Ein monumentales Werk! Es fesselt, es begeistert, umgarnt und betört dich!"
Soundscape Magazine - 9/10
Metalized - 9/10 (Danish)
Crown of Viserys
Zephyrs Odem - 9 out of 10 - "Fans von Black- als auch Folk-Metal sollten definitv ein Ohr riskieren!"
Hateful Metal - "Folk Black Metal, der epische, melodische und bombastische Elemente mit der grimmigen Kälte Norwegens verbindet!"
Tombstone Webzine - 8 von 10 - "Ein abwechslungsreiches Werk, bei dem nichts fehlt!
Rock Hard - 6 out of 10 ; Soundcheck position 20 out of 45 - "Krächzender Black Metal und Blastbeat-Terror treffen auf sanften, verträumten Folk Metal!"
Voices From The Darkside - "A wide variety from grim Black Metal fury, hymnic eulogies and dramatic melodies!"
Necroweb - 6,7 out of 10 - "Nordischer Folk Black Metal, der um Abwechslung bemüht ist!"
Nordische Musik - 5 out of 6 - "Black-Folk Metal, vielfältiger Gesang und atypische Instrumentierung mit Klavier, Streichern und Hörnern - ein Werk, das mit jedem Durchlauf gewinnt!"
XXL Rock - 5 out of 7
Kronos Mortus (Hungarian - Score: 8