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Review: Thrudvangar - Ahnenthron

Label: Einheit Produktionen
Year released: 2006
Originally released in: 2004
Duration: 46:47
Tracks: 11
Genre: Folk/Viking

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: April 25, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)

Ahnenthron is Thrudvangar's first release, which was actually re-mastered, and back by popular demand, following their successful second output Walhall, another album I'm strongly interested in.

Here again, we have a German band crafting a great opus of what these people are best at: being world leader of my overall favorite genres - Viking/Pagan/Folk metal. Germans are really true masters of that sort of music. If you add to this Black Metal, then you have, by far, the best type of metal that have ever come out that country.

Ahnenthron is blessed by a very good production, with symphonic/epic keyboard arrangements, crushing guitars, bestial grunts, raspy vocals, pounding percussions and upbeat paces, paired with melodies, clean guitars, acoustic once and a while, folksy passages galore, and some excellent epic/Viking clean vocals. One of the best, if not the best, recording I've ever received from underground label Einheit Produktionen (via my Canadian distro). Too bad they seem to have stopped promoting overseas, and won't even reply to e-mails. Very gratifying, satisfying and enjoyable from the moment you start playing this disc to the end, filled with fine Viking hymns such as the instrumentals "Intro" and "Thrudvangar", "Jul", "Kampf des Lebens", "Einherjer" and so on.

Ahnenthron is a very safe investment for the fans of the best of what Germany has to offer.

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