Company: Metal Blade Release: 2014 Genre: Death Reviewer: Greg Watson
Shows a maturation
Swedish black metal band King of Asgard return with their third offering to date with "Karg". Featuring former members of Mithotyn and Thy Primordial, this newest album once again is inspired by Norse heritage. The record is produced by Andy LaRocque (King Diamond) who also produced the band’s first two albums. The album itself is a fairly solid work from beginning to end and definitely shows a maturation in the songwriting and musical aspects of the band. The songs feature post rock styled interludes, some choral and clean chanting and some very solid and well-timed guitar solos. Tracks "The Runes of Hel", "Omma" and "The Heritage Throne" were all standouts showcasing the band at their best. The lyrical content swirling with Norse legends and folklore was very intriguing. This could certainly be for fans of Bathory to Grand Magus.
About this Writer: Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.
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