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Odalheim

Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2012
Genre: Death
Reviewer: ChaosLord

  • One of their heaviest releases yet



  • Sweden's Viking Death Metal masters return with one of their heaviest releases yet! Odalheim is the quartet's 11th album and these Swedes show no sign of slowing down whatsoever. From the opening track, "Fimbulwinter", to the closing track "The Great Battle of Odalheim" the band proves why they have been a death metal force for years now.

    Johnny Hedlund proves that you only get better with age as his bass playing and vocals are second to none. He growls and screams his way into your brain and then busts through it with no regard for your well being.

    The music on Odalheim is nothing short of aggressively brutal with some melody thrown in for good measure. Frederik Folkare and Tomas Masgard compliment each other so well that sometimes you forget there are two guitars in this band. Drummer Anders Schultz rounds out the group and handles the skins with solid ability.

    Conceptually, Odalheim is a fantastic story rich in Norse mythology and lore. It takes place after Ragnarok and continues the story that 2010's "As Yggdrasil Trembles" told. The songs pull you in as you feel a part of the story and then the music comes in and cuts you off at the knees leaving you pondering how in the hell you got blindsided.

    This is the best Death Metal release for me so far in 2012. Unleashed will be hard pressed to be overthrown. These boys have been dealing death for 21 years and clearly know what works for them. So go out and pick up your copy of Odalheim and find yourself hopefully in the grace of Odin.


    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.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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