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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.
The 2. link shows that they are self-claimed Extreme Metal. Enough of that, my ancestors were vikings and they only listened to the "skald", singing stereotypical things to keep the job- I like Viking Metal, because it makes me fantasize about the people who lived where I am for ca. 1100 years ago.

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Re: Viking Metal VikingBerserkr wrote: "Enslaved" don't like being called Viking Metal, they're actually Black Metal. No, Enslaved are actually the band that coined the term Viking Metal. The inside cover of the album Frost says "Viking Metal" at the bottom of the page, and while they invented the term, they claim that they're not the first band to play in the style (Bathory). The best Viking bands are the early ones IMO, Bathory, Enslaved, Hades, Moonsorrow, Manegarm, Thyrfing, etc...

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Re: Viking Metal iceni The vikings get so much credit because we live in a western culture. In western culture typically western influences are dominant. If you go to China, Japan, India, i'm sure you will find eastern dominated metal such as you are proposing. Also viking's are associated with much of what western metal is all about (Drinking, Fighting, Fucking, and exploring)

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I'd rather have Viking Metal overpopulated —okei, everything has a limit— than forgotten. Still, it'd be awesome to have another bands dedicated to other cultures, but still everything would be Folk Metal... Also, you may be forgetting than in China there aren't so many metal bands. I have friends there that say they can't have even long hair, 'cause they could be fired from their works...

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I'd rather have Viking Metal overpopulated —okei, everything has a limit— than forgotten. Still, it'd be awesome to have another bands dedicated to other cultures, but still everything would be Folk Metal... Also, you may be forgetting than in China there aren't so many metal bands. I have friends there that say they can't have even long hair, 'cause they could be fired from their works...
Viking metal is more about a big, epic atmosphere invoking images of battles, nature, and viking related topics. Some use native folk instrumentation, some don't, but folk metal is metal that does focus on using native instrumentation, songwriting, and/or chord and vocal progressions. Some bands can be both, but there are differences.

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I've never understood those that don't believe that Viking metal is an actual subgenre. Sure it has elements of black and folk but there are stylistic differences that emerged from Bathory's legacy and the earlier Norwegian bands like Enslaved and Storm that make it a separate entity from black metal, and indeed even smaller subgenres such as Pagan metal which is a fusion of black/Viking prove that its distinct enough to be identified as a subgenre. Enslaved are of course are a massive influence on the genre, I can hear a huge influence of their stuff in early Graveland even which I never believed until I started to listen to Blodhemm and Eld.

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Re: Viking Metal The other old school Norwegian Viking metal bands round out my favorites in the style along with Enslaved, those being Hades and Helheim. Not there aren't other great bands from other countries, Hellveto, Graveland, Manegarm, Moonsorrow, Thyrfing, etc..., but those are the ones that do it the best in my book. Sent from my HTC PH39100 using Tapatalk 2

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I went through a huge viking metal phase about twelve years ago. I usually keep all my viking metal CDs in the same section as the Folk Metal, and Pagan Metal. I tend not to make too close a distinction between these three so called genres. 

My favourite viking metal bands are: Thyrfing, Einherjer, old Enslaved, Falkenbach, and the first two Tyr albums and Moonsorrow. I do include Moonsorrow as a viking metal band as their first few albums in particular were very much on those themes. 

Just amazing stuff. I was pretty obsessed back in 2001-2007, walking around listening to these bands and thinking I was olde school Odin. Good times. 

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On 4/2/2017 at 12:52 PM, Requiem said:

My favourite viking metal bands are: Thyrfing

Finally! I was beginning to think I was their only fan. 🤣 There's just no other band like them, especially this song is one of a kind!

 

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On 7/27/2020 at 1:41 AM, Valso said:

Finally! I was beginning to think I was their only fan. 🤣 There's just no other band like them, especially this song is one of a kind!

 

Fantastic band, and that's their best album in my opinion. Such a great album. The booklet also contains some of the best 'band-in-forest' shots I've ever seen. 

Nice choice! 

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