Emyn Muil - Turin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga
Label: Nartum Music Projects
Reviewer: Azmo Lozmodial - 2013-07-23
Highlights: Dark Riots From Angband, Death Of Glaurung
Tolkien's Middle-earth has inspired a lot of metal bands around the world, and it's changed the life of many extreme metal musicians throughout the years. Bands like Summoning, Rivendell, Kinstrife & Blood and many others have helped the black metal realm to sink inside the ocean of epicness and fantasy, creating a whole new sub-genre for those who adore the world of fantasy. The Italian Emyn Muil is one of those epic black metal bands that sounds drenched in Summoning's influences, giving the fans of this style more enjoyable Middle-earth journeys through the black metal sound.
Turin Turambar Dagnir Glaurunga is the title of the debut album that has been released this year by Nartum Music Projects, and its a solid piece of folk\pagan black metal release with epic atmosphere, summing the influences of Summoning, Windir and Arathorn in one plate. The album depended on the sound of the windy instruments to create an epic atmosphere behind the wall of distorted guitars, and some strings sections appear from time to time to fill the whole structure with more entertaining atmosphere. The programmed drums sound cheesy somehow, but the lines are arranged really good, giving the whole sound more realism and solidity. The percussions and the bells are heavily influenced by Summoning, and cloning it sometimes, but the sound fits the musical structure very well.
The album starts with the tracks "Turin Son Of Hurin" and "Aure Entuluva", as these tracks start flowing from the speakers, the fans of Summoning and Kinstrife & Blood will get surprised by the heavy influences of this music. The tracks "Arise In Gondolin" and "Mim's Betrayal" continue flowing in the same pattern, with more variations from time to time, building a solid sound through the record with the strength of the harsh vocals. The tracks "Dark Riots From Angband" and "Death Of Glaurung" are my favorite tracks in this record, because there are more original touches than the other tracks, especially the keyboards efforts and the final atmosphere. Every single track in this record can be a soundtrack for the stories of Tolkien's Middle-earth, because the atmosphere that Saverio Giove has managed to create in this album is deeply inspired.
"He then wrenched out the sword,
But his flesh was set a flame
by the black blood hoard.
The venom burned so that he yelled in pain."
[Death of Glaurung]
Many people will enjoy the sound of this album specially the fans of Summoning, and though the album lacks the originality, the sound is very promising. The fans of pure black metal or the folk metal may not enjoy this record because it doesn't follow the standards, which makes this project more desirable and needed in the realm of black metal. Get this record now and get into Tolkien's fantasies, and enjoy the sound of the raw distorted guitar mixed with the epic sound of the windy instruments.