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Einherjer's Best - 98%

Zyklon_B, October 10th, 2004

Einherjer's first full length release was and is one of the better viking metal releases to date. The album is filled with mid paced folky guitar riffs, subtle keyboards (for the most part) and a good vocal offering from Nidhogg, who in retrospect was their best vocalist. You will not find the power metal influenced Einherjer of later years in this album. This album sticks strong to its viking roots. The use of acoustic guitar is very prevelant in this release as heard in Dreamstorm, Conquerer , Storms of the Elder, and Ballad of the Swords. Conquerer and Storms of the Elder are the most epic songs on the album, and contain all the elements one would expect to find on a viking metal release. I would almost go as far to say this is one of the best viking metal albums ever, but the song Slaget Ved Harfsfjord and its use of christmas style keyboards totally through off the whole feel of the album. The song in itself is not bad but the keyboard use is all wrong. Dreamstorm has the quickest pace on the album, yet retains a very catch melody. This was the song that made me buy the album, and still remains one of my favorite's in the genre.

All in all this is a great release, and for fans of Einherjer who have never listened to anything prior to "Odin Owns Ye All" this is a definite must, as the McD Aurora Borealis. Einherjer should have broken up after this record if they considered Blot their best effort.