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Review: Wotan - The Song of the Nibelungs
The Song of the Nibelungs

Label: Independent
Year released: 2019
Duration: 1:49:15
Tracks: 18
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: February 21, 2020
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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The Song of the Nibelungs

Rated 4.17/5 (83.33%) (6 Votes)

I have been a fan of this band ever since their epic debut, Carmina Barbarica, way back in 2004, and they have only been getting more epic since then. Their second album was actually entitled Epos, and was over an hour of pounding heavy metal goodness. Now, six years after the almost-unnoticed Return to Asgard, Wotan are back with the most epic album they have ever attempted.

This is a massive album, almost two full hours of music all in one place. It's a lot, and overall I think it's too long, but the very size of it kind of adds to the epic, excessive atmosphere of the thing. The whole album comes across almost as if Virgin Steele's House of Atreus albums had been recorded by Manowar. You have a lot of mid-paced, pounding riffs and Vanni Ceni's almost trademark vibrato-intensive vocals. This is just like a huge feast, and even if not everything is great, there's so much good stuff piled all over it that you can't help but have a good time.

Other related information on the site
Review: Carmina Barbarica (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Epos (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Interview with Vanni (vocals) on October 30, 2005 (Interviewed by Cluedo)
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