When: Mon., June 24, 8 p.m. 2013
The guys in Colorado-based blackened folk-metal band the Flight of Sleipnir, named after the great eight-legged steed of Odin that was birthed by Loki (long story, don’t ask), want to be Scandinavian so badly that they probably eat lutefisk willingly. But their pretty melodicism retains an American hippie quality. On their fourth full-length, Saga (Eyes Like Snow), romantic instrumentals share space with heavy, doomy riffs but never fully integrate. Still, the Flight of Sleipnir aren’t pulling the old bait-and-switch—they’re good at both. They rely on that timeless Norse atmosphere of wild wind and howling wolves and sword-swinging warrior angst, which is so old that it can never get old, and their clever, nimble guitar arrangements always come to the rescue—albeit, like the Valkyries, generally postmortem. —Monica Kendrick Atrum Inritus and Crusader open.