If you gave a Viking an electric guitar, it may sound like this
I am getting ready for another trip to Washington DC this weekend. For me this means several things will be done in preparation. Pack my clothing and hygienics kit, charge my laptop and cell phone, nothing too out of the ordinary when you travel. At the moment, I am syncing my iPod.
The reason I bring this up is I had a lot of things to upload apparently. Now if you know me, you know my tastes in music are, to be kind, unique to say the least. For those of you who don’t know me personally, my favorite song is ‘Dragostea Din Tei’ by O-Zone. Go ahead and look it up, I’ll wait on you.
Recently I have gained a taste for Scandinavian and European metal bands. Now while I am a huge fan of rock music in general, I am disappointed at how similar it all sounds in recent times. A good example is the band Linkin Park. Once known for their edgy, fast paced, rap laced fresh sound on the scene, giving us a gem of an album in ‘Hybrid Theory’. A decade later, they are doing singles for the Transformers soundtrack that sound bland enough to have been put out by a Fallout Boy cover band.
So, I started looking elsewhere for my music. Like a lot of people, I did listen to indie stuff, as well as some lesser known groups as well. However, I struck heavy metal gold when I started looking at the European rock scene. While several bands from mainland Europe are somewhat famous in the USA, my recent interest pertains to what has been dubbed ‘Viking Metal’.
Earning this title for the fact most are of Scandinavian origin, as well as the fact a lot of the bands incorporate Norse themes and mythology into their music. Sharing elements with power metal and folk metal, I have become hooked to the stuff. The majority is face paced, acid laced, lyrical tunes that are very catchy and hard hitting. And just as the way you can almost picture the old Germanic peoples listening to Rammstein as they sacked Rome, I can almost picture the Norse raiding a village with Amon Amarth playing in the background. Most remain somewhat below the mainstream, especially in the states. Seeing what that mainstream has done to many of my favorite American bands, I am very much okay with that.
My recommended play lists for all of you interested in something different. here is some songs to give you an introduction:
-‘Guardians of Asgard’ by Amon Amarth
-‘Rasputin’ by Turisas
-‘Trollhammeren’ by Finntroll
-‘Hail to the Hammer’ by Tyr
-‘Twilight of the Thunder God’ by Amon Amarth
-‘Battle Metal’ by Turisas
-‘Entering Eternity’ by Falconer
-‘Swedish Pagans’ by Sabaton
-‘By the Light of the Northern Star’ by Tyr
-‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ by Lordi
-‘Hold the Heathen Hammer High’ by Tyr
-‘To Holmgard and Beyond’ by Turisas
-‘Natural High’ by HammerFall
-‘Hail and Kill’ by Manowar
While there is plenty of good to listen to stuff on the airwaves on the American side of the Ocean, I for one wouldn’t object to seeing some of the power and potency of this underrated sub-genre scene infused into our own.