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Review: Wotan - Carmina Barbarica
Carmina Barbarica

Label: Eat Metal Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 54:11
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: August 25, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Carmina Barbarica

Rated 3.93/5 (78.67%) (15 Votes)

This is the debut for Wotan, an Italian band who join the growing number of Greek and Italian acts discarding speed-happy metal for the crunch and scope of real classic metal. This was recorded in Doomsword's own Conqueror Studio, and that should give you an idea of what kind of album this is.

What I like about this kind of metal is there are no gimmicks. It isn't about how fast you are, or how neoclassical or complex you can get. Epic Metal is all about big riffs and big crunch with songs about death, glory and war. Wotan deliver all this in spades. There is some similarity to classic acts like Warlord or Omen here. There's a bit of Wizard, a little Cirith Ungol, and actually if I had to pick one album this reminds me of it would be a toss-up between Battleroar's debut and Doomsword's first one. Those are very high comparisons, but well-deserved. Guitarist Mario is a riffmaster general, and vocalist Vanni is a great singer with grit to match his upper ranges.

Wotan may not be delivering much in the way of originality, but they kick plenty of ass anyway. I think these guys are a band to watch. Maybe not every song is as catchy as it could be, but there are killer riffs aplenty to be found here, and even when you lose track of what song is what, you will still be raising your fist and banging your head. This is the sort of album that makes me want to put on armor and furs. I can't get enough of this kind of stuff, and if you can't either, then get off your ass and get this CD. I can hardly wait for their next one, as I'm betting it will be a monster. Killer.

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