|Review: Valtyr - Verinen Saagat|
Year released: 2011
Genre: Viking Metal
Review online: August 14, 2015
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 0/5 (0%) (0 Votes)
This is the debut album for Italian one-man band Valtyr. It was originally self-released in 2011, then re-released in 2013. I’m not sure why I have this promo now, but maybe it’s getting a re-release again. No idea. Anyway, this is a competent and highly listenable album of old-fashioned Viking Metal. I say "old fashioned" because the influences on this are pretty strongly Falkenbach, with a bit of later-period Graveland and earlier-period Summoning mixed in. The vocals are mixed really low, so the general raspiness almost sounds like an accident. There’s a good bit of genuine folk instrumentation in here as well, in addition to rather good clean-sung passages. If there’s a con to this, it’s that it is good but not amazing, and what it does has all been done before. Solid.
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