Draugadróttinn ♆ He Himself Inspired the Terror of the Ships
~Marching forward into the mist~
Draugadróttinn is a solo black metal project from Montana. The man who writes, records, performs and produces the music goes by the name Scott Byrnes.
With the album Where the Sea Gives Up Its Dead Byrnes carves a majestically bleak landscape into the cold hard stone walls of the past. Conjuring lots of norse/viking imagery as well as modern seclusion and desolation. The atmosphere is so strong because Byrnes uses clean guitar tone for his melodies which are then carefully draped over fuzzy droning distorted guitar chords. His screams are so thin and pale in the mix they could easily be misconstrued as whispers. The album is 4 tracks and none of them are shorter than 6 and a half minutes. Although this does have some definite viking connotations, sonically it most closely borders Depressive black metal but I consider that as a positive thing judging that outside of silly ass incessant howling vocals from some Depressive acts, I utterly adore the vibe and style of DSBM. Draugadróttinn might remain on the softer side but it’s still easy as hell to bang your head, pump your fist and immerse yourself in the descending black cloud that is this music.