|Review: Allegiance - Hymns of Blood|
|Hymns of Blood|
Label: WWIII Music
Year released: 2002
Genre: Viking Metal
Review online: April 25, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
for:Hymns of Blood
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
This is the first album I have heard from this band even though they have actually been around since all the way back in 1989. I have no idea how many other albums they have released but this one is a "best of" type of compilation from the band’s history. The promo material included cited one of the main selling points of the band being that Fredrick Anderson of Marduk fame is the drummer. I will admit that the drumming is excellent but that is a small part of what makes this album interesting…well to me anyway…heh.
Allegiance play Viking Black Metal and they actually do it extremely well. The blast beats are kept to a minimum which really adds more depth to the music allowing for more variation. I have to admit the more I listen to this album the more I like it. The thing I seem to be most impressed with is the excellent guitar work since this album is just loaded with some very good riffs and melody lines going over the top of it all. The addition of mixing the acoustic guitar in with the electric is also very well done and adds another extra dimension to the sound. The album contains 14 tracks and I cant say every one of them is excellent since there are a few that make me think they are filler but overall the album is actually very good.
Overall I would say if you are a fan of this genre you should by all means check this one out. This album being a compilation it may not be completely indicative of what they are doing right now but from what I have heard thus far it is certainly a band that I will have to keep an eye out for when their new full-length album is released. Recommended.
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