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Review: Ren Marabou - Valhalla Waits
Ren Marabou
Valhalla Waits

Label: Misanthropik Records
Year released: 2021
Duration: 34:07
Tracks: 10
Genre: Viking Metal


Review online: May 1, 2021
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
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Rated 2/5 (40%) (4 Votes)

Ren Marabou is a band/solo project from Ireland. According to the promo material, this is Viking Metal and if you enjoy bands such as Amon Amarth, Tyr, or Wintersun you will like this. First of all, this is definitely NOT Viking Metal. It is more of a blend of Heavy, Progressive with a few Industrial elements thrown in. If you are an Amon Amarth fan and hoping for something similar, you will be sorely disappointed.

The Good—There are some catchy moments sprinkled throughout the 34-minute runtime that show a good use of melody. Unfortunately, that is about all I have for the good.

The Bad—There are songs that feel like they would make good parts of songs, but not as a full song on their own. The vocals switch back and forth between a weak growl and a one-note clean style and neither one is very good. I think the album would be far better served by leaning into the harsh vocal style. That brings me to the one thing that took me completely out of this album. Track 5, "Put to the Sword." This song is absolutely horrendous. I normally could give two shits and a stroke about lyrics as I have always thought amazing lyrics will not save shit music, but amazing music can save shit lyrics. That being said, this song is 2:38 long and the lyric "He's been put to the sword" is repeated 33 times. That's right, I listened to the song twice and actually counted the second time even though it felt like nails on a chalkboard by that point.

Overall, like I said, there are a few ideas here that could actually be turned into pretty decent songs, but it doesn't come off on this release. Ultimately, there isn't anything here that will really stick to you outside of the thought that someone somewhere is being put to the sword put to the sword put to the sword put to the sword.........make it stop!

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