A look at Viking Metal

A look at Viking Metal

For those of you who do not 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. However, music-wise, my first love will always be rock, in all of its various forms. From classic bands like Kiss and Metallica to more recent ones like Nirvana and The Offspring, I am now, and always will be, a rocknrolla.

Which is why I am saddened by the fact with rock today, I feel like I’m watching the death of my beloved genre. Much of the new members of the rock scene today are little more than punk-infussed pop groups or hipsterish indie groups. Much of the older groups have either faded away or followed the fad groups.

A good example of what has happened to Rock can be had in Linkin Park. The band was known for their edgy, fast paced, rap laced fresh sound on the scene, giving us a gem of an album in ‘Hybrid Theory’. Today, they are doing singles for the Transformers soundtracks that sound bland enough to have been put out by a Fallout Boy cover band and their last album sounded like something I’d hear in a coffeshop. It really is a tragedy considering how fall they’ve fallen.

So, like many other metal heads and rock fans I know, I began looking elsewhere for my music fix. After wandering in the wilderness, I finally struck gold when I came upon the Viking rock scene. Thanks to some Danish cousins of mine, I was already familiar with Scandinavia’s fine melodic metal bands, and the recent Viking-infused twist to the genre has taken the region by storm. For those familiar with melodic metal bands like Hammerfall and Dragonforce, the genre is musically similar, but the lyrics call upon the rich mythology of the Norse, with songs of gods and heroes, battle and adventure, and the result is unlike anything I’ve ever heard.

I’ve always been of the opinion that the Norse where a culture that would have been perfect to the metal scene. Having heard the works of genre titans like Tyr, Turisas and Amon Amarth, it’s a glorious sound indeed. For those of you who would like to give the genre a try, I’ve put together a playlist of some of the genres best. Hope you like it as much as I do!

Natural High by Hammerfall

Rasputin by Turisas

Trollhammeren by Finntroll

Mindtraveller by Falconer

Hold the Heathen Hammer High by Tyr

Battle Metal by Turisas

Guardians of Asgard by Amon Amarth

Hard Rock Hallelujah by Lordi

  • Matt

    Awesome. I’ve got three songs by Iron Fire (two Viking-themed, one Arthurian) and one song by Manowar. Plus Manowar has some good stuff posted on YouTube even if isn’t available on iTunes.

    If you’re looking for more in this genre, here’re some good ones:

    *”Hail to Odin” by Iron Fire

    *”Blade of Triumph” by Iron Fire

    *”Sons of Odin” by Manowar (on iTunes)

    *”Hymn to the Immortal Warrior” by Manowar (not on iTunes)

    I’ll check those other songs out. Thanks for the list.

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  • colin

    You should really listen to Bathory as this was the beginning of the whole genre.

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