King of Asgard – :taudr: (Viking/Death Metal)

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This is one of those albums I’ve had to wait with before reviewing. Why you ask? Because I had to cool down before giving :taudr: my first listen. King of Asgard is a band I really like and hold in a high regard when it comes to viking metal (together with Thyrfing, Månegarm and Amon Amarth for example). That being said I’ve listened to this album several times and I still find this a good experience each freaking time. Before you even listen to this album you should grab yourself both some meed and beer, maybe even some snacks for the sake of it and get ready for a great time of raiding.

For those of you who doesn’t know about King of Asgard they are a creation of one of the members from Mithotyn Karl Beckmann. Keeping the viking spirit alive they have since then been making albums of high quality and their fourth conquest :tuadr: is of course no different. The memory of Mithotyn lives on in many ways with their releases as the songwriting and folk inspired melodies hits me with the same force as they once did. Having listened to a few tracks on :taudr: I know already that this is another great album to add to their already top notch discography. As a viking lover and a metal lover you just can’t get enough of King of Asgard that’s one thing that’s certain. Out of the five tracks on :taudr: there isn’t a single one I doesn’t like, however there are two tracks I find taking my breath away. Those two are Taudr and Upon Raging Waves, whereas the last one is a homage to everything Mithotyn has ever done. Basically if you want a viking experience this is the album, and the band to go for. Are you a fan of Mithotyn? This is the closest you can get! Love King of Asgard’s old albums? This is just as good if not better (have to say that …to North is hard to beat). Either way every fan of viking music will love this album! The atmosphere and music screams viking music!

King of Asgard’s fourth full-length album :taudr: is out now through Trollmusic.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kingofasgard
Label: Trollmusic
For fans of: Mithotyn and Thyrfing
Favorite song: Upon Raging Waves

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Fimbultyr – Niddikter (Black Metal)

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The name might sound weird to many but ‘Fimbultyr’ is one of Odin’s many by-names and translates to “Mighty God”. As a Swede and one who loves Norse mythology I find that intriguing. The band is, as you might guess, from Sweden and their lyrics is solely in Swedish. They play black metal with a lot of focus on viking lore. Think Thyrfing, Mithotyn and old Månegarm and you’re on the right track but they do have their own unique sound.

One thing I noticed quickly is that their songs isn’t the same type of sound through the whole album. In a good way that is, as I think the sound changes just enough to make it sound like their own but not too much to make it sound like they just tried too much for them to stand out as it still has a flow. Fimbultyr got some very talented musicians within their ranks that’s for sure. Almost like the jomsvikings went and created a metal band.

Every song tells their own story and seeing how good the music is that goes with the story this album is something you do not want to miss out on! Behold Hel’s army that is Fimbultyr!

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fimbultyrswe
For fans of: Thyrfing and Månegarm
Favorite song: Lindisfarne