King Of Asgard - ...To North review
|Band:||King Of Asgard|
|Release date:||July 2012|
02. The Nine Worlds Burn
03. The Dispossessed
04. Gap Of Ginnungs
05. Bound To Reunite
07. Up On The Mountain
08. Plague-ridden Rebirth
09. Harvest (The End)
10. ...to North
11. Vinterskugge [digi-CD bonus]
When a band does something that feels kind of overdone, yet does it slightly better than many - is that good or bad? King Of Asgard play basically what you would expect from a band with that name; viking-themed melodeath a la Amon Amarth or Unleashed.
Actually, it's sort of an ambiguous blend between melo-death and melo-black. It seems the further you get into the album, the more separated these aspects appear. There's the chunky, mid-paced riff work alluding to Amon Amarth mixed in with some more dynamic fuzzed-out black metal tones that certainly must be a healthy dose of some Bathory and Enslaved love. The wonderful part of this whole thing is that they do frequently add other varying elements like clean vocals, synths, acoustic bits, female opera type singing and what have you, but these awesome riffs always come first. Why? Because there's plenty of them! Making ...To North a keen display of solidity meets variety.
On the other hand, ...To North has a distinct "standing on the shoulders of giants" feel to it. Yes, the album is solid through and through, but it really feels like King Of Asgard are just improving on other people's work. This will probably come as a nice treat to those who love this particular corner of melodeath, but have just listened to With Oden On Our Side a dozen too many times. To those who are only casually into the genre, it might have an over powering stink of "been there, heard that".
||Written on 19.07.2012 by Former EIC. Now just a reviewer guy.|
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