Presage Of War
How shall I describe this? Viking battle metal maybe? Well, let's just call
it "war metal" and get it over with. If anything, conceptually this is
nothing BUT war metal. Four songs that we have here are inspired by the
battle for Dublin between the Celts and the Vikings.
The first track "Presage Of War" describes the gathering of the Celts. "The
Raven Banner" recounts the stand-off between Celtic and Viking armies. Next,
"Testing Of Steel" recreates the scene of the battle, while the title of the
last track "Victory" is pretty self-explanatory.
Musically, this has nothing to do with black metal what so ever. Northcrown
perhaps have more in common with someone like Einherjer and Storm. That is,
if those two were stripped down to the lowest common denominator. The
combination of trudging, a bit doomy riffs with an additional blend of
acoustic guitars, accompanied by a drum machine and raspy recitatives is
fairly primitive yet kind of fits the whole concept. It is pretty
straightforward and simple on the one hand, but manages to exhibit some sense
of loftiness and grandeur on the other, so that a more or less adequate
atmosphere for the band's battle narratives is created.
Not that you should just drop everything that you are doing and immediately
start searching for this demo. It is not worthy enough for that. But if you
happen to come by it, do not be afraid to give it a spin.
© 2001 boris