Valfreya – Promised Land (2017) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Valfreya - Promised Land - Album CoverI am unsure where this somewhat morbid fascination with the past history of marauding Norsemen going Viking comes from. After all they invaded the homesteads of foreign populations, looted, killed, raped and enslaved until there was no one left. And then settled the lands for whatever it was worth.

But here we are, and Viking Metal bands are legion these days, thriving in an ever increasing genre. And let’s face it: Metal with all its dark facets is just perfect to describe yonder sea adventures and battles alike.

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Moonsorrow – Jumalten Aika (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Moonsorrow - Jumalten Aika - Album CoverThe things we missed in 2016. And it is 67 minutes of raw and corny metal issued by one of the most prodigious metal bands out there. The Finnish outfit Moonsorrow released their 7th full length album Jumalten Aika (The Age of Gods) last year. This after five years of wait, when many thought that nothing would be forthcoming anymore. And boy is this a peppered dish.

And it is funny. I am hearing their sound described as Folk Metal a lot.

Yet, I hear the mighty ogres marching towards the King’s castle, making their sounds of war. Nothing of [...] Click to raid more!

SIG:AR:TYR – Northen (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - SIG:AR:TYR - Northen - Album CoverSee, it is indeed possible. You can write a complex metal tune without building brick walls so high that you won’t hear yourself anymore. And it can be done with a hike to the epic mountain top without firing up the mighty cheese machine too. 

Speaking of which: Here is a contender to metal fame that renders Amon Amarth and their Viking friends awfully cheesy.

We are speaking about SIG:AR:TYR and their newest metal contribution Northen. I never quite knew that Viking Metal adepts brandished their tune in good ‘ol Canada. Until I came across the bands last record [...] Click to raid more!