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Ensiferum - Two Paths (Metal Blade)

Ensiferum – Two Paths (Metal Blade)

It’s often said that Ensiferum need no introduction, and it’s true. If you were having a small soiree or bijou shindig one evening, you’d just know they’d arrived. The long-boat dragged onto the front lawn is an obvious clue, as are the discarded shields, swords.. Read More
King of Asgard - :TAUDR: (Trollmusic)

King of Asgard – :TAUDR: (Trollmusic)

Mjolby’s (Sweden) very own “King of Asgard” finally return, following their last album, 2014’s “Karg”. I was an admirer of their first couple of albums, but with “Karg”, I found that somehow the music wasn’t “clicking” with me as much as they had in the.. Read More
Wardruna – Runaljod - Ragnarok (By Norse)

Wardruna – Runaljod – Ragnarok (By Norse)

What better way to introduce Ragnarok, the third and final part of Wardruna’s 8-year trilogy, with a towering battle hymn to Tyr. One of the less readily recognised Norse gods these days (at least for non-metal fans I should perhaps add), but he was undoubtedly.. Read More
Midgardsblot Metalfestival - Borre, Vestfold, Norway 18-20/8/16

Midgardsblot Metalfestival – Borre, Vestfold, Norway 18-20/8/16

Day Three The music was scheduled to begin at 14:00 on day 3, so I took the opportunity to have a look at some of the Viking artifacts in the Midgard Center, and to have a walk around Borrepark amongst the Burial mounds, overlooking the.. Read More
Midgardsblot Metalfestival - Borre, Vestfold, Norway 18-20/8/16

Midgardsblot Metalfestival – Borre, Vestfold, Norway 18-20/8/16

Background Set amongst the Viking burial mounds of Borre in Norway, Midgardsblot is held on one of Norway’s most important national heritage sites and a place that was clearly of great importance to the Vikings who once resided here. The festival gives attendees the opportunity.. Read More
Grand Magus – Sword Songs (Nuclear Blast)

Grand Magus – Sword Songs (Nuclear Blast)

It’s 2016, and it’s time for pure metal warriors Grand Magus to sweep down from the frozen Northlands and lay waste to all before them with their latest offering, the appropriately named ‘Sword Songs’, an album of nine tracks dedicated to the mighty mythology of.. Read More
Grimner - Frost Mot Eld (Despotz)

Grimner – Frost Mot Eld (Despotz)

We find ourselves basking happily in Viking/Folk Metal territory with Grimner’s third full-length offering “Frost Mot Eld”…and I’m a sucker for a bit of well executed Folk Metal! These mighty Metal marauders mix harsh and clean vocals, over heavy guitars, bass and drums, but also.. Read More
Amon Amarth – Jomsviking (Sony)

Amon Amarth – Jomsviking (Sony)

For me, the band Amon Amarth immediately conjures up memories of rousing nights of Viking Metal in the 00s. They are one of those bands who have a template sound yet never fail to inspire with their pumping, steaming melodies. “Jomsviking”, the band’s tenth album,.. Read More
Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik’s Skuggsjá – Skuggsjá (Season Of Mist)

Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik’s Skuggsjá – Skuggsjá (Season Of Mist)

When you get Ivar Bjørnson of Viking metal progressive icons Enslaved and Einar Selvik of atmospheric folk mavericks Wardruna you expect a lesson in sheer class. You also expect intelligence and thought. If you’ll excuse the quoting, the birth and subject is best explained in.. Read More
Ereb Altor – Blut Ilt Traut (Cyclone Empire)

Ereb Altor – Blut Ilt Traut (Cyclone Empire)

I’ve been a fan of Ereb Altor ever since I reviewed their first album, “By Honour” all the way back in 2008 (Christ, am I that  old?). Mats and Ragnar of Ereb Altor are also in the supremely excellent band Isole, and it’s never been.. Read More
Manegarm – S/T (Napalm)

Manegarm – S/T (Napalm)

I’m not quite sure why eight albums into their career a band would simply self-title their album. It strikes as a statement that they are completely re-inventing themselves or are just plain lazy really and there’s no real hint of the former here. It would.. Read More
Mammoth Storm – Fornjot  (Napalm)

Mammoth Storm – Fornjot (Napalm)

Yet again, I am left shaking my head in simple amazement; how the hell does Sweden keep on pumping out so many bands of such ability? As much as I love the UK doom scene, in terms of crushing riffs per capita, this nation does.. Read More