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Review: Crom - When Northmen Die
When Northmen Die

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2017
Duration: 63:04
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: January 5, 2018
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
When Northmen Die

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (12 Votes)

6 years removed from Of Love and Death, Crom is back with When Northmen Die, the "band's" third album. By band I mean Walter Grosse, who handles all the instruments and the majority of the vocals (Dark Fortress keyboardist Paymon chips in with some harsh singing on a couple of tracks). When Northmen Die finds Grosse going back to the Viking-themed lyrics of Crom's debut, roughly following the life of one individual coming of age in the time of Scandinavia's maritime supremacy. Where I found Of Love and Death a fine album but missing something to bring it all together, When Northmen Die does not suffer from that problem. Grosse has come up with a musically varied effort ranging from Power Metal ("Behold the Lights") to introspective anthems ("All Alone"), ballads ("Gods of Glory") to take-no-prisoners epic Metal ("One Step to the Lake Below" "Shields of Gold") tied together by the underlying storyline of the lyrics. The sound is big and bold and Grosse's vocals clear and powerful. I can't find anything to not like about When Northmen Die. As Sargon pointed out in his review of the band's debut, Crom do later period Bathory about as well as anyone, so if bold, epic music is your thing, When Northmen Die demands your attention.

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