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Review: Nidhoeggr - Ragnarok'n'Roll

Label: Independent
Year released: 2013
Duration: 35:01
Tracks: 6
Genre: Folk Metal


Review online: April 11, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 5/5 (100%) (5 Votes)

Norse mythology has furnished countless bands with all kinds of inspiration. This Death/Folk outfit from Switzerland has tapped Nidhoeggr, the dragon that gnaws the roots of Yggdrasil, for their name. I must say that hearing Folk Metal with Death vocals was a bit unique since this genre typically employs Black rasps. Other than being somewhat different, the vocals don't make much of an impact on the music. As Nidhoeggr is unsigned their EP, Ragnarök'n'Roll, has a D.I.Y. feel to it. The EP's sound is thin and sterile, so nothing really jumps out of the speakers. The riffs are decent and the flutes and keyboards aren't overused but the backing vocals are a concern, especially on "In Ewig Frei" where they are horribly flat. The Viking/Folk genre is as oversaturated as any and Nidhoeggr haven't done anything on Ragnarök'n'Roll to separate themselves from the crowd.

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