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Review: Alphayn - Heimkehr

Label: Independent
Year released: 2014
Duration: 38:39
Tracks: 10
Genre: Viking Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: December 29, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (5 Votes)

Personally, I don't much like German-sung Metal. For example, I despise Rammstein. Gladly, this Austrian act Alphayn isn't any godforsaken Rammstein, far from it.

Alphayn is a very young Pagan/Viking/Black/Folk Metal band from Vienna, Austria, formed in 2013, and yes, they sing in German. Their themes are strongly related to heathenism and the times when women got burned at the stake as evil witches. Religious faiths kill people, not man.

Musically, they are actually pretty entertaining, churning out nothing that we haven't heard before but, man, they do sound enthusiastic and devoted to the kind of stuff they perform on their independently released debut album, Heimkehr. There's a tiny Finntroll flavor to their sound but they do not sound anywhere as dangerous as those aforementioned trolls in crime. Alphayn have a great sense for folky melodies and their songs are well-crafted overall. The main problem is nothing really sets them apart from so many other similar sounding acts these days. If you don't find this a disturbing element you may enjoy Alphayn quite a bit. A good production should also help, so by all means give this a try.

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