Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Smell Of Burning Urine Is Totally Metal.

Skálmöld.

I first heard about this band while following the exploits of this year's European Heidenfest, which boasted a stellar lineup of such pagan gods as FinntrollArkonaTurisasAlestormTrollfesT, and Wintersun.  Epic company indeed.

 Here's what I know:
Skálmöld is a 6-piece Icelandic horde of Viking bastards who released their debut album 'Baldur' in July of 2010.  They blend folk influences with...okay I'm gonna say it...EPIC metal. I know there's a lot of hate for that word but there's really no other way to describe it.  Their sound makes you think of fjords.  At least it should.  Icy fjords, and maybe a little hákarl, and Vikings pissing on stuff.  (Warning: this epic video has some epic epicness at the start before it     epically gets to the epic song.)

It's the only way to be sure that it's out.

Anyway, I finally got around to checking out a couple of their songs and I have to say "Baldur" nets a quality rating of four drinking horns out of  a possible score of five.  Personally I think their songs could be a wee bit tighter and more focused, but this is a solid album for all fans of the Viking.  Here's another track to check out.

Watch out! He's got an axe!

It's a studio track with kind of a crappy "we don't have a video for this yet so here's a pic of the album cover flying right out at you!" visual but so far I like this song the best.  Grab a pint and throw some horns; Skálmöld is going to pillage the crap out of your face.

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