As art, it is highly admirable. Heilung's dedication and attention to their craft is both expert and done with the great love and care such an undertaking deserves. Where it could so easily look like cosplay and sound like a cheap film score, there's a coldness and realness in Drif that gives it a sense of dignity. The landscapes are not of Tolkien, but the true wilds of nature, harsh and unforgiving. Where there is vast, glassy calm, there are also moments of animal intensity. If one delves into individual tracks, there is character and nuance to be found, but really Drif is the sort of thing best consumed whole, where you can feel the fullness of its atmospheres.
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For fans of: Myrkur, Wardruna, Ulver
Drif is released on August 19 via Season Of Mist