|Review: Bloodshed Walhalla - Thor|
Label: Fog Foundation
Year released: 2017
Genre: Viking Metal
Review online: April 19, 2018
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 0/5 (0%) (0 Votes)
I was sure I had heard this band before, but no. This is the third disc from Bloodshed Walhalla, a one-man Italian act that really, really wants to be Bathory. I have heard better Quorthon impersonations than this, but I have also heard far worse. The guitar sound is far weaker than I would like, but there is a genuine epic atmosphere created here, and some of the lead work is quite tasty. The vocals are neither harsh nor clean – aiming for that in-between quality Quorthon used on his late-period albums. However, imitating Quorthon's attempts to sing is always iffy, as the man himself was not a good singer, and only got away with it by dint of being a songwriting genius. The vocals here are generally better than we got on late Bathory albums, but that's a low bar. The compositions here are all pretty good, and they create a definite mood, but they do bag quite a bit, and most of them are too long by some degree. "Day by Day", in particular, is an unforgivable seventeen minutes long. I find this album to be listenable, and overall it is pretty solid, but it's not as good as it wants to be.
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