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I stumbled upon Viking Metal whilst listening to my Pandora station not too long ago. Obviously, as the name implies, it's Scandinavian metal. Generally, it has a Norse/Scandinavian mythology/Viking Age theme. Shining examples of this genre are Bathory, Amon Amarth and Unleashed (all from Sweden). They tend to mix black metal with acoustic instruments, creating an interesting sound. Definitely worth the time if you're not into it already.

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Re: Viking Metal Viking metal is a subgenre of folk, as are Celtic metal and Oriental metal. It's not really a metal genre in its own right. Each of these bands play a certain style of music - Bathory combines folk and black metal, while Amon Amarth combines melodeath and folk.

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This field is getting over populated.
Very true. Everyone thinks the Vikings are so very beast because of it...why isn't there more Mongol metal? They conquered much more land. Maybe we need some Spartan metal too since everyone is going nuts about them since 300. Should we have Hun metal because they defeated the Romans? Slavs? Goths? Persians? Turks? Rajputs? Point is, why do the Vikings get so much credit? Methinks Heidevolk did well in making Saxon metal. :mrgreen:

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Very true. Everyone thinks the Vikings are so very beast because of it...why isn't there more Mongol metal? They conquered much more land. Maybe we need some Spartan metal too since everyone is going nuts about them since 300. Should we have Hun metal because they defeated the Romans? Slavs? Goths? Persians? Turks? Rajputs? Point is, why do the Vikings get so much credit? Methinks Heidevolk did well in making Saxon metal. :mrgreen:
Spartan Metal would be scary. I'm assuming you know their lifestyle, lol. :geek:

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Spartan Metal would be scary. I'm assuming you know their lifestyle, lol. :geek:
TEE HEE HEE. How about the other seven cultures? For that matter, why leave out the Ming Chinese or any of the samurai in Japan?

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Re: Viking Metal Speaking of which, why is it that no one ever gives Athens any love? They were much more prosperous and by most accounts pretty much level with Sparta. And they were smarter too.

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One could argue that Manowar is/was in that vein. Check out the first track on Triumph of Steel.
:| *snrk* :lol: AAAAHAHAHAHAHAAA... No way. Simply singing about it does not make it proper Greek folk metal at all. Zandelle and Metalium both sang about Greek mythology but they're not what I'm talking about. THIS is closer. ECOjFK6-MU8

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Metallica's album "Load" Sounds like Hard Rock. Is it hard rock? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enslaved_(band) I know Wikipedia isn't that reliable, but http://www.facebook.com/enslaved?sk=info
Bluesy hard rock, yes. There's nothing metallic about it, nor anything that's come since. There's no argument that Metallica sold out and went Rock/Alternative/w/e. That album is the one that really sent them over the edge.

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Bluesy hard rock, yes. There's nothing metallic about it, nor anything that's come since. There's no argument that Metallica sold out and went Rock/Alternative/w/e. That album is the one that really sent them over the edge.
That was to prove that the lyrics play a more important role of deciding genre. On wikipedia and their facebook site it said that they're "Extreme Metal", which means the lyrics are inspired by adventurous themes like movies, books or stories.

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Re: Viking Metal In all fairness, "Viking" Metal is more or less Black/Folk. Enslaved had a somewhat Progressive edge (from perhaps their mid-period forward) that separated them from the pack. Imagery and obviously lyrics caused the shift style change but there are also a few musical differences. I stopped listening to them after Mardraum - Beyond The Within because what I heard afterwards wasn't my cup of tea. However, I will regard this band as Prog/Viking because that's what they sound like to me. Also, screw Metallica. They are the sound of suck anymore. I'd also ignore ANYTHING wikipedia has to say because it's really unreliable. I'm sure there are some factual things spread throughout its pages, but too many people have the ability to mess with what's there.

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In all fairness' date=' "Viking" Metal is more or less Black/Folk.[/quote'] Thus I wonder why this thread exists... Viking can be anything from Amon Amarth to Manegarm to Svartsot to Otyg to Tyr and arguably Bathory. It is, in my opinion, nothing more than a subgenre of folk. Do we have Celtic metal or Middle Eastern metal? No, because these are just subgenres of folk. Myrath is not Arab metal; they are a prog metal group with folk influences.

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