Posts Tagged ‘Vikings’

Grand Magus are heavy metal. Sorry, I didn’t punctuate that correctly. Grand Magus ARE heavy metal. They are the spiritual successors to Manowar, a band so metal it was ridiculous. But, Grand Magus are much more subtle about it. They’re not over the top, there are no leather loincloths to distract you.

What Grand Magus bring are riffs. Huge riffs. Old school, heavy metal with metric fucktons of melody and heaviness. Their newest record, ‘Triumph and Power’ is a perfect example. They carve riffs from stone, melodies from the howling wind in the frozen trees. If I’m ever feeling even reasonably viking, which I generally am, I need Grand Magus on. They inspire such feelings of power, such force of will, that it is impossible not to clench fists and raise them to the sky.

They are my band of the day, and might be forcing their way into my favourite bands of all time now. For Glory or Death, HAIL VICTORY!!


This is YET another UK black metal band who have recently released some new music. Torver (named after the Lake District village that was founded by Vikings in the 10th century) have put up a new track on their Bandcamp as a sample for their upcoming split with Funeral Path. ‘Thy Masters of Old’ is a straightforward four minutes of razor sharp black metal done the old fashioned way (i.e. second wave Norwegian style). I look forward to hearing more from these guys, because I like their relatively warm production and their relentless barrage. It’s black metal, pure and unadulterated. Fuck yeah.