Toroidh ‎– For The Fallen Ones

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For The Fallen Ones 3:44
Hail Wermland 3:52

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ES04 Toroidh For The Fallen Ones(7", Ltd, Bro) Eternal Soul Records ES04 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
ES 04 Toroidh For The Fallen Ones(7", EP, Ltd, TP) Eternal Soul Records ES 04 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
ES04 Toroidh For The Fallen Ones(7", Ltd, Bro + Box) Eternal Soul Records ES04 Germany 2003 Sell This Version

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April 24, 2006
edited over 14 years ago
referencing For The Fallen Ones, 7", Ltd, Bro, ES04
This is a very solid single, and contains 2 of the best Toroidh tracks I've heard. "For The Fallen Ones" is a calm and dark martial ambient piece very much in the style of early Der Blutharsch, with its use of brooding melodies and sparse drumming. Henrik adds a nice touch with reflective and subdued vocals, speaking in a resigned voice: "when your time has come, and your time is up...". The mood (and title) of this song suggests to me a post-battle ode or hymn to, yes, the fallen ones. I really like this song as it has alot of atmosphere. "Hail Wermland" on the other hand is a pure neo-classical tear-jerker in the best tradition of Laibach's "Vojna Poema". A nostalgic trip to a time of conflict, yet so far away from anything resembling a battle, unless it's the battle with your heart at having to say farewell to your loved-one or homeland, before setting off to the front never to return again. This song is based around simple untreated samples of romantic strings and a nameless tenor's voice. These elements combine to strong effect, and it's hard not to be a little moved (even if all Henrik did was paste it all together). The cover artwork surprisingly depicts not WWII era battle, but pre-1918 combat as the pickelhaube makes its prominent appearance. The thick facial hair of the soldiers, and fact that their rifles have bayonets would probably suggest even a pre-WWI era scene; a fascinating aesthetic, and captivating songs...this is martial music done right.