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Review: Bolero - Voyage From Vinland
Voyage From Vinland

Label: Independent
Year released: 2011
Duration: 45:18
Tracks: 10
Genre: Folk Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: July 1, 2011
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating
Voyage From Vinland

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (9 Votes)

I've stuck this under the Folk Metal banner, but really it could fit into any number of categories. What we have here from Canadian warriors Bolero is an icy blast through Ensiferum country with hints of Norther, Dissection, Emperor, Stormlord, and Equilibrium to name a few; in essence, it's catchy, speedy, melodic Power Metal with a load of Black Metal wailing over the top and some Viking Metal choruses that would send Turisas running for the hills.

From the artwork to the production, Voyage From Vinland is like running through a snow-covered forest on Christmas Day, the sounds of the church bells ringing in the distance, the patter of timber wolves at your back; it's nothing you haven't heard before, but it's performed with a lot of heart and conviction, and at times (during "When The Legends Die" or "Throne Of Storms" for instance), they can get the head banging in glorious fashion. Fans of this sort of thing will miss a treat by ignoring Bolero; the rest of us will be suitably impressed and move on.

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