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A Melodic Storm - 90%

BloodIronBeer, October 15th, 2007

Finding new Viking metal is always fun. Because it's one of the few genre's that hasn't been flooded with clones and posers yet.

Yep, Wolfchant kicks your teeth in, Viking style.

This'll definitely be right up your alley if you like Manegarm, Ensiferum or any melody-driven Viking band that kicks teeth in. And if you don't, well ... you're a fucking cunt.

Black metal vocals accompany a barrage of melodic riffs. Select moments include folky moments, guitar melodies seem to mimmick fiddle parts. Frequently songs have drunken gang vocals which tend to sound a little daft, but it's got enough charm to make up for it. It's all topped off with nice "reclaiming the olden Pagan ways and subverting the Christian scheme" lyrics.

You'll be tapping your foot and nodding your head the whole while. I'm often reminded of Ensiferum, Manegarm or Equilibrium. The melodies never stop; verse, chorus, intro, bridge, it seems like one of the guitars is always weaving a catchy melody. And in all honestly, it's better than the newest Ensiferum anyway.

Standout tracks include the title track and Winter Hymn. There's no filler here though, they all kick good amounts of teeth

The only negative I see is that drummer is relatively weak. The "switch" beat is overused a bit, and it's sad that he can't just do a blastbeat at least on a couple tracks where it would fit better.

In any case, this is a killer album. Viking metal of the highest caliber. Any fan of Viking metal should pick this up ... or get their teeth kicked in.