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Sunday Slaylist: Let’s listen to some Viking Metal now that we’ve survived Ragnarok

February 23rd, 2014

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Didn’t you hear? We all just survived Ragnarok. The latest instalment in the long line of ancient-cultures-predicting-the-end-of-the-world trend passed everyone by on Saturday night, and at no point did Fenrir eat the world, or Odin get into an almighty ruck with the Midgard Serpent. Ho hum.

And what better way to celebrate this ridiculous non-event than by listening to a load of Viking Metal? EXACTLY.

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Album: Black Messiah – Heimweh

December 16th, 2013

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Black Messiah
Heimweh
AFM Records
29 November 2013

by Pete Long

It mightn’t be quite as popular as the current wave of atmospheric black metal, but there’s no shortage of bands playing various black and folk metal tributes to Odin and chums. Germany’s Black Messiah have been at that game for two decades now, without ever really placing themselves in the league of heavyweights like Falkenbach and Moonsorrow.

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Photos: Amon Amarth + Carcass @ Manchester O2 Academy – 13 November 2013

November 18th, 2013

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Metal Hammer’s annual Defenders of the Faith tour is usually a bloody good excuse to catch a whole crop of excellent bands all in one place – this year’s line-up was particularly impressive, with headliners Amon Amarth being backed up by the likes of Carcass, Hell, and Bleed From Within. We got our principal photographer, Mr Gary Wolstenholme, to head on down to Manchester to catch one of the last big metal tours of 2013 do its dirty business all over the O2 Academy.

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Album: Amon Amarth – Deceiver of the Gods

June 26th, 2013

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Amon Amarth
Deceiver of the Gods
Metal Blade
25 June 2013

by David Keevill

Viking Metal – a scourge of Christendom or just a global ballache to genre purists everywhere? Amon Amarth are foisted with this most divisive tag; for anybody who’s spent five seconds with the music of these Swedish bruisers, it’s apparent that they’re about as likely to fit into a Hammerheart-era Bathory-shaped mould as Falling In Reverse are.

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Album: Borknagar – Urd

April 5th, 2012

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Borknagar
Urd
Century Media
26 March 2012

by Tom Dare

If you read my pieces on the evolution of black metal here on Thrash Hits recently, you could be forgiven for missing the mention of Borknagar. They’ve been slightly overshadowed by some of their more celebrated compatriots – the price of being Norwegian is the instant mental comparisons to Emperor, Enslaved and the like, which is deeply unfair – and they’ve never quite got their dues. But with the black metal big guns rather quiet on the album front just now, does Urd represent their opportunity to finally be recognised for their considerable merits?

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Viking Metal and Christianity: A Most Misunderstood Relationship

March 8th, 2012

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David Keevill studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge. That means he knows his stuff when it comes to actual, really-real Vikings. Since both we and he are pedantic sorts, we browbeat him into writing an explanation as to on why anti-Christian imagery in Viking Metal is a horrible anachronism. Yeah, serious intellectual stuff! Bet you weren’t expecting that on Thrash Hits, right?

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Album: Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising

March 16th, 2011

Amon Amarth
Surtur Rising
Metal Blade Records
29 March 2011

by Tom Dare

You imagine Amon Amarth must have approached album number eight in something of a quandary. Eclipsing Twilight Of The Thunder God seemed an unlikely prospect, given that record was as catchy and riff-laden as was it. Maybe that’s why Surtur Rising at first seems a little disappointing – this is a slightly different Amon Amarth to what we’re used to.

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Album: Enslaved – Axioma Ethica Odini

October 7th, 2010

Enslaved
Axioma Ethica Odini
Indie Recordings
27 September 2010

by Tom Dare

What do you do when you’re one of the most consistently brilliant bands of your generation, and have managed to stay fresh, renewing your style successfully several times over the course of ten albums? Well, if you’re Enslaved you refresh yourself yet again on album number eleven and turn in one of the finest records of a glittering career.

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