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Vedergällningen

Garmarna

1999

Vedergällningen
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Garmarna is a Swedish folk rock band. Their songs are mainly old Scandinavian ballads. Vedergällningen (The Retribution) is Garmarna's third full-length album. All the songs are sung in Swedish. "Euchari" also contains some Latin. Garmarna was founded in 1990. Stefan Brisland-Ferner, Gotte Ringqvist and Rickard Westman were inspired by old Swedish music, which they had heard in a theatre. They began searching for old tunes and instruments. After two years of playing together, Jens Höglin joined the band on drums. In 1992 the band recorded their first EP. They thought that female vocals would provide a contrast to the dark mood of their music and invited Emma Härdelin, a long-time friend of the band, as the guest vocalist on the EP. She officially joined the band in 1993. The debut EP sold well in Sweden, and helped the band tour in Scandinavia.

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Rating

2.8

Votes

74

Genres

  • Folk
  • World

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Mon Mar 04 2024
3

The back half of the album was definitely my favorite, but the first few songs cleared up some burning questions I've had since childhood: I still may not know where he came from, but I can finally answer "Where did he go?" Sweden!

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Mon Mar 04 2024
5

Hell yeah, this list needs an entry like this. Dark broody folk with a real pagan edge to it that still has heart.

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Mon Mar 18 2024
5

Fantastic! Dark, but entrancing. I just loved this music!

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Wed Jan 17 2024
4

Listened to this driving to a funeral yesterday. Not sure why, but it seemed to match my mood. Thanks for suggesting

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Sat Jan 27 2024
4

J'ai aimé ça ça grandit l'intérêt plus on écoute. Il y a quelque chose qui a jusye pas de sens là dedans et j'aime ça !4.75

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Wed Jan 31 2024
4

Feels somewhere between like the Midsommar soundtrack and the Witcher soundtrack. I'm 100% here for it and would like a wench to bring me some ale. A little long and samey by the end. Shave off maybe 2 tracks and this is a 5 star slice of Scandi gold

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Tue Feb 20 2024
4

The deepest green fading to black is meaningfully different than the night. Trees keep the world in them, are kept by the string instruments on display here. A great and alien sound swells into quiet, even quotidian. A high measure of cozy yet dangerous folk music.

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Sat Mar 09 2024
4

7/10. Good listen, how come the wikipedia article shows Penny Arcade in the related articles section?

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Wed Jan 10 2024
3

Huh, Swedish folk. It’s alright, I guess there’s other folk I’d rather listen to but then again I don’t understand Swedish.

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Wed Jan 10 2024
3

Can't say I have listened to much Swedish folk rock or Scandinavian ballads. Took me a few tracks to warm up, but I got into it.

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Wed Jan 31 2024
3

Swedish folk outside of Eurovision..nice

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Sat Feb 10 2024
3

Interesting, I think I was expecting something more traditionally folky sounding, this had a definite modern framing. I enjoyed it but I kind of all sounded the same?

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Sat Feb 10 2024
3

Solid sound. Definitely should have been in the list instead of not-so-talented artists with 6-8 albums in it. Good one

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Mon Feb 19 2024
3

The description said Swedish Folk so I wasn't expecting much, but this was much better than expected. Nice driving rhythms and strong vocals. Thank you to the person that suggested this one!

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Fri Apr 12 2024
3

An interesting set of Swedish takes on a whole gamut of genres. Not exactly what I was expecting, but an eye-opener to some new musical styles. Even if the LP wasn't my thing musically, its addition to the list here embodies the exploratory spirit of what the 1001 project should be so I'm giving it extra props.

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Sun Apr 14 2024
3

Great first half, like less fairytale-y and more straightforward Bjørk. Second half unfortunately too folksy...

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Sun Sep 10 2023
2

Electronic-infused folk music? Was a bit of a hard pill to swallow tbh. Really started to drag. 2/5.

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Wed Jan 10 2024
2

I like some folk music, I like some electronica, but not necessarily together. This is like combining milk and orange juice.

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Thu Mar 07 2024
2

I'm sure that listening to this album surrounded by the natural beauty of Skrylle on a winter day has to be magical. Unfortunately, I had to do it on a gray rainy day in the middle of a big city

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Wed Apr 10 2024
2

Although folk is not really my cup of (herbal) tea, I do like the sound this band manages to create. It however doesn't really appeal to me, but that's just personal taste.

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Wed Apr 10 2024
2

This is really a niche kinda thing. Folk in a native language. I can understand that it can be appealing for some people. But I am nit one of them.

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Fri Apr 26 2024
3

This was pretty interesting. Not sure I would listen again, but glad to have the opportunity to hear it. Definitely not the same old same old. 3 stars.

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