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Review: Manegarm - Legions of the North
Legions of the North

Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2013
Duration: 50:42
Tracks: 12
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: September 18, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Legions of the North

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)

I was first introduced to Sweden's Manegarm via Metalhit's Folk Metal compilation, so their 2013 album, Legions of the North, wasn't quite what I was expecting. The folk instrumentation is deep in the mix and only occasionally rises to the surface (i.e. the fiddle on the 16 second instrumental "Helvgar") and other than whopping great doses of melody, some of which has a definite folk vibe, and clean choruses, Legions of the North is mostly thrashy Black Metal. There is far more riffing than tremolo picking and the blast-beats are kept to a minimum. The lyrics are rife with Viking imagery. Manegarm sound great and there's no reason to think Viking/Folk Metal fans won't like Legions of the North. My only issue is that, even for someone like me who hasn't listened to a ton of this type of music, it sounds similar to stuff I've already heard. That said, if a cross between, say, Immortal and Rebellion sounds good to you, direct your attention to Legions of the North.

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