Year : 2015 /2016
Style : Folk Viking Metal
Country : Latvia
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 126 mb
Varang Nord was founded in 2014 by guitarist and bassist Wolf Khur. Shortly thereafter, he completed the composition and released their debut album - Fire of the North / Flame north. Continuing to serve on the local scene, they recorded their next album - Master of the Forest / forest owner - which was released in 2015.Thereafter Varang Nord turned their sails to other countries were also made in Estonia and Lithuania. During his career, the group said at the same stage with such influential members of the folk-metal as the Nine Treasures (China) and Kalevala (Russia), and August 14, 2016 plans to speak with a group of Tyr in Riga club Melnā Piektdiena.Group Creation tells of peoples of northern and central Europe, basically inspired by the cultures of the Baltic States and Scandinavia. Their songs tell us about the beliefs, dowry, legends and traditions of these people are not deprived of attention and the age-old folk to metal threads - battle and strong ale.
Viking metal fans should be in Valhalla with all of the great releases of the recent past (Månegarm, Hammer Horde, Wolfehorde, Immorgon, Valkenrag, etc) and now the official debut album from Varang Nord of Latvia has arrived. Their debut EP “Fire Of The North” (which I reviewed) showed some promise of more challenging material to come and distancing themselves from their previous existence as Балагуры. “Master Of The Forest” is not a huge step forward in terms of being vastly different than “Fire….” but it certainly has progression in regards to overall songwriting and band synergy. If you haven’t heard their music yet, I would compare them favourably to the Amon Amarth or Vanir style with a touch of the folkier Viking style like Grimner with the addition of accordion prominently throughout the tracks. They have issued forth 10 tracks here, all new ones presumably meaning none from the EP and totalling just over 33 minutes or so. While I thought initially that maybe longer tracks from them would be more in tune with their style, I am definitely changing my mind and thinking the 3-4 minute track length suits them just fine……when each song is this punishing in a short amount of time why write longer songs then? Tempo wise the songs for the most part are mid paced, chugging along but there are some blast beats mixed in to drive the point home in tracks like “Eagle’s Blood”,“Warchant Of Forests”and “Wild Freedom”. Vocals are of the melodic death variety with some choral/layered vocals used nicely as well. “Beer and Vodka” is probably the closest to a true folk metal track you will get here and definitely shows the light hearted and fun side of Varang Nord. I could have probably done without 2 instrumentals (album opener and closer “Warrior’s Song” and “Song Of The Forest” respectively) but that is personal preference. Production is tight and has a nice texture to it although the accordion sounds distinctly separate from everything……not the self-production’s fault as it always seems to just stand out on every recording. All in all this is a solid debut album and for Viking metal fans a debut to check out for sure. With Skyforger being the main folk metal band from Latvia and keeping the home fires burning there, Varang Nord can set sail from their shores to plunder and pillage, solid debut album.
Wolf - Guitar, Vocals
Khurr - Bass
Alyona - Accordion
Sokol - Guitar
Aig - Drums
01. Warriors' Song (Песня воинов) 02:22 instrumental
02. Berserker (Берсеркер) 04:08
03. Eagle's Blood (Кровь орла) 04:35
04. Warchant of Forests (Боевой гимн лесов) 03:21
05. In Halls of the Fallen (В залах павших) 04:11
06. Glory Found in Battle (Слава, добытая в сече) 03:30
07. Beer and Vodka (Пиво с водкой) 01:32
08. Blood Surf (Кровавый прибой) 02:54
09. Wild Freedom (Дикая воля) 04:20
10. Song of the Forest (Песня леса) 02:17
+ Video "Warchant of the Forests" (Official Video)
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