Tag Archives: viking metal

Moonsorrow

MOONSORROW

MOONSORROW (1995–PRESENT). Henri Sorvali (vocals/guitar/keyboards), Mitja Harvilahti (guitar), Ville Sorvali (vocals/bass), Marko Tarvonen (drums). Moonsorrow are an inventive Finnish heavy metal band who play in the Viking metal subgenre. Their last record, Viides Luku: Havitetty, was an epic with just two long songs each about half an hour. Henry Sorvali (also of the Finnish ban Finntroll), along with his cousin Ville Sorvali, formed the band in 1995, as a duo, before recruiting others Read more [...]
ENSLAVED

ENSLAVED

ENSLAVED (1991–PRESENT). Ivar (Tvar) Bjornson (vocals/guitar), Kronheim (guitar), Grutle Kgellson (bass), Dirge Rep (drums). Enslaved are a long-running Norwegian band who gradually evolved their style from black metal to Viking metal to almost progressive. The band originally sang in Icelandic (they felt it was closer linguistically to ancient Norse) and dabbled in the usual black metal and Viking cliches before becoming more progressive but no less extreme after the landmark Monumension Read more [...]
QUORTHON

BATHORY

BATHORY (1983–2004). Quorthon (vocals/guitar/other instruments), Freddan (bass, replaced by Ktohar), Jonas Akerlund Vvorth (drums). Bathory were one of the most pagan of the black metal scene and helped to introduce the worship of the Norse gods as part of the black metal pantheon. Many also consider Bathory’s signature gloomy sound to be the foundation of the black metal sound. The band typically also dressed on album covers in traditional Viking outfits complete with copious amounts Read more [...]
AMON AMARTH

AMON AMARTH

AMON AMARTH (1992–PRESENT). Johan Hegg (vocals), Olavvi Mikkonen (guitar), Johan Söderberg (guitar), Ted Lumdstrom (bass), Martin Lopez (drums, replaced by Fredrik Andersson). Amon Amarth is a death metal/Viking metal band from Stockholm. The band started in 1992 in Tumba, a small suburb of southern Stockholm where apparently something in the water leads to majestic and killer Viking metal. The band is essentially a death metal band (with some black metal tinges) that has turned their attention Read more [...]