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Review: Hildr Valkyrie - Revealing the Heathen Sun
Hildr Valkyrie
Revealing the Heathen Sun

Label: Moribund Records
Year released: 2021
Originally released in: 2017
Duration: 49:05
Tracks: 11
Genre: Viking Metal


Review online: June 19, 2021
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

There are a ton of one-man bands in the Black/Viking Metal genres, but this is the only one-woman band I have run across. This album was actually released on the tiny Stygian Crypt Productions label in Russia in 2017, but this is a wider release by Moribund Records, and it's easy to see why they wanted to get this out to a bigger audience, as it is a very individual and cool recording.

Rather than the usual type of heavily Black Metal based style, this is much more atmospheric and epic, drawing in a lot of non-metal sounds to fill in a rich soundscape. The riffs are more laid-back, like Bathory's Twilight of the Gods, and there are a lot of acoustic/ritualistic elements. Hildr herself does all the vocals, from clean to harsh, and her clean singing is a real highlight here, as it is not styled like modern singing, but meant more to evoke the vocalizations of primitive music. If you want something more traditionally harsh and heavy, or more like standard Viking Metal, then you might not dig this, but I will give Hildr points not just for doing something distinctive, but doing it well.

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