|Review: Heorot - Ragnarok|
Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year released: 2008
Review online: October 20, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
Heorot was born in 2002, brainchild of a Finnish composer by the name of Modsogrir. Through many personnel changes, the band endures hardship. To make matters worst, the founder passed away in 2006 (R.I.P.). The musicians decided to keep Heorot alive, because that would have been Modsogrir's wish.
We have to be thankful the musicians decided to go on and release their very debut album, since Ragnarök is an excellent album! Ragnarök is not only the name of an outstanding Metal event taking place each year in Germany, it is also synonymous of a certain pagan and folk/Viking pride. Well guys, the same kind of pride is felt on this epic Folk/Viking Metal opus, from the first note to the last! Timo "Tipi" Nokelainen (vocals, guitars, keyboards and flute) is pointed out as the one who took over the Viking torch and lead the ship to new shores. His work is just great, and so is the entire band's. Great musicianship ready to conquer many a Pagan soul abroad! Only very good music on this release, and really nothing bad to be heard. No filler or anything out of place, not even a slightly boring moment! Ragnarök remains interesting, melodic and even catchy, in a good way of course, while keeping the folksy/Viking flame high to soothe our Pagan soul. As always, all of the acoustic guitar work is a sweet delicacy to my folkloric ears, as well as the cool flute and keyboard parts.
My favorite compositions are the instrumental "Juhla Nuotiolla", "Ristiretki" and "Kansaansa Vastaan".
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