Described as 'blackened death viking metal', I must agree, though I'd have
to say they lean a little closer to being an almost stereotypical Swedish
death metal band. Nothing wrong with that though, as one listen to this
amazingly well done & brutal disc had me begging for more!
The opening track, 'Bleed For Ancient Gods' is a welcome kick in the head
for anyone disturbed by the rather 'mellow' sounds released from some of
our 'favorite' bands over the last year!
'The Last With Pagan Blood' is another kick-ass Viking anthem, and this band
proliferates them in an unyielding onslaught worthy of praise from Thor
Many of the songs are similar to
the previous release, 'Once Sent From Golden Hall', a 'mini-saga', if you will,
an epic Viking tale for modern times. While, IMHO nothing the band does will
ever overshadow the anthem 'Friends of the Sun Cross', this new CD is much
better musically, the guitars less choppy & the drumming a little tighter,
which was my only complaint with the earlier release.
A lot of mid-tempo songs here, the
title track may even 'drag' a little, but nonetheless, I'm giving this CD &
the band a mighty HAIL!
The sound is obviously Swedish,
perhaps a tad too melodic in points for some, but with the powerful double bass
blasting throughout & typical growling death-style vocals, mellow this
material is not. Makes you want to inflict some pain! The title fits,
'Metalwrath' will be an instant
favorite with fans of Usurper (now Usurper II ?), trust
The final track, 'Legend of a
Banished Man' is perhaps the only track that loses my interest about halfway
through. I must say though, I'm presently playing the first two tracks over
& over & over.....
Comparisons? Call it Dissection
Music to sharpen one's sword too,indeed!
Buy this CD.
See you in Valhalla...
© 2000 lorjef