|Review: Bloodshed Walhalla - Second Chapter|
Label: Hellbones Records
Year released: 2021
Genre: Viking Metal
Review online: May 17, 2021
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 2.67/5 (53.33%) (3 Votes)
Despite the title, this is actually the sixth full-length from this Italian one-man band who largely exist to mimic classic Bathory sounds. That's not meant as a strike against them, because there are plenty of bands who do just that, and we just have to judge by how well they do it. I have heard several previous albums by this act, and this album improves in some ways, but not in all ways.
The guitar sound is much stronger here, and in general the recording is vastly improved over previous works. The riffs are pretty good, and the keys add a lot of atmosphere, even if I do think they are overused, and could be scaled back. Once again, these compositions are just too long, and not for any reason you can point to, just to be long for the sake of it. Every song here wears out its welcome and gets mired in trying to be epic, losing the thread of what else it was trying to do. Sole band member Drakhen does well on the instrumentation, but his vocals are just not very good. He has a thin, screechy sound, like his voice is about to give out, and he spends too much time screaming over instrumental pieces that would be far better without any vocals at all. When he tries to do the Quorthon-styled singing he actually sounds better, as he is a better singer than Quorthon was. Overall, this is an album that is fine while it is on, but just does not hold up to repeated listens.
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