Title: “Viking Funeral”
Label: Iron Orchestra Works
Release Date: 9/10/2007
Genre: Sludge Metal, Doom Metal
While I am not sure that a single track quantifies bearing the label of EP solely based on its length, I can say that fans of waves of crushing Doom riffs with a dose of Sludge tossed in for good measure will enjoy Hull’s “Viking Funeral” EP from beginning to end. The track runs about sixteen minutes or so and takes you on a number of different musical avenues in terms of the songs structure. There are some Thrash moments along with those which are Atmospheric in nature and it is all tied together by intensely heavy Doom vibes. It was certainly interesting to find as much going on with this as I did but the Brooklyn based group definitely pulled it all off seemingly without a hitch. The song is based upon the Viking culture but it is not Folk Metal in terms of how the song flows or has been composed. This is purely the lyrical theme but don’t worry folks as it works out rather well. The tune while lengthy seems to move quickly and will not bore you at all.
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Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Amazon Metal Sampler 2010”
Label: The End Records
Release Date: 2/28/2010
Genre: Hard Rock/Metal/Experimental
As the cold weather makes way for the warmer months of the year, the thoughts of concerts and good times with friends are clearly on the minds of the Metal and Hard Rock masses. With this in mind those awesome folks over at The End Records have partnered up with Amazon.com to give you a healthy sampling of what they are dishing out for your audio sensors and it’s surely something of supreme interest because its all free for the taking. I’ve been a fan of much of what has been going on over at The End for a couple of years now and have been luckier still to see a number of their most interesting acts do their thing onstage. That being said, I am a decent judge of what is being presented on this sampler and if you disagree with me, well, remember that the whole blasted thing is free so you are in a win – win situation anyway that you look at it. For me the highlights begin with The 69 Eyes who are a new signing to the label and we get the tune from their first video for the “Back In Blood” CD. It’s a cute tune, but not my own favorite from the release – I admit my longtime fanship of the band makes me a tough critic on that one. Another highlight comes via Emilie Autumn who is an artist whose show must be seen to be believed as she crosses the line from musician to Gothic performance artist with ease. Emilie is simply amazing but you really need to be open minded to enjoy her show the best. Since I am a pretty solid fan of the crushing Metal side, I loved hearing Nile’s Karl Sanders do his solo stuff and those guys in November’s Doom really show you how to succeed in this genre without question. The Punk fans will enjoy Suicide City’s contribution but sadly by the time of this release the band had decided to break up and they shall be missed by their fans without question. If there are considerable levels of bleak darkness in your Metal veins then there is a chance that the offerings by Vreid & Borknagar might do the trick and sate those inhuman hungers for that which is Metal with grit. Other favorites of mine were from both Sigh and Hull and when you listen to this release in full you will quickly realize how one band does not sound much like the others that are on the release and that is fantastic since it shows you just how much is really out there.
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