Hammer Horde - Vinlander
Label: Storm Surge Records
Reviewer: Azmo Lozmodial - 2012-08-09
Highlights: Every track in this record is a highlight
The American melodic folk\death metal band "Hammer Horde" is hitting the soil of the metal scene with a mighty new release, "Vinlander" is the second full-length album after the amazing debut "Under the Mighty Oath", and here are the guys are taking another step to their extreme musical journey.
Its easy to notice that "Vinlander" combines all the interesting side about metal music to mix them all down on one plate, If you are a fan of Swedish folk musicians (Mithotyn) or the Russian "Nomans Land" then I'm sure you'll enjoy every moment of this record, especially the delicious lead guitar lines that cross the whole environment with cheerful and harmonized melodic flavor.
To be clear, this album wont disappoint you with a single track, each one of the tracks completes each other with a streamlined and flexible way, its even more interesting to listen to a whole album at once than listening to a single track, because all of the eleven tracks have the same dynamic folkish atmoshpere that's smudged with the color of melodic death metal. The drumming efforts are just majestic and rhythmic and full of magical touches that can catch your attention immediately, he "Jayson Cessna" also did some keyboards touches inside this record alongside with "Ryan Mininger", some fast beats here are the source of all energy and fatal based heavy riffs. The bass-line is united with the rhythm guitars in a vital and adorable way, creating a unique harmonized sound, especially in the tracks "Hero's Heart" and "Riders of Annihilation", Rayan and Derik have managed to blend their talent to create a huge sculpture of mighty folk\death atmosphere. The wide vocal's styles in this record makes every moment of this journey exciting as hell and full of mythological-Viking nature.
The songwriting here speaks for itself, its so deeply inspiring to a point you can lose yourself inside these myths and tales and find yourself in a haze of highly memorable riffs, the production also is the final charming touch in this record which it holds all these inspiring melodies between its arm, forming a never-ending journey of beauty and inspiration.
If you are not into the world of folk death metal then its a great idea to get your copy now ! because the combinations of great cheerful harmonized tracks will be a great start for you, and if you are into the epic battles of folk\death metal genre then this journey has been created for you, enjoy the ride !