VANIR - THE GLORIOUS DEAD (Target/Mighty Music Records)


Roskilde is not only a famous place for the visitors of the legendary festival, but it’s also the city of Vanir who were found in 2009. After the release of a demo, a few singles and two albums, the band encountered a lineup change, but they survived this hectic period and are ready to claim the field of battle and earn their place amongst the Glorious Dead!

48 minutes divided in 9 tracks about deadly and bloody stories that originated from Norse Mythology. These Vikings like to consume their metal with blood, create war scenes wherever they dwell and worship the dead. Vanir are the members of a family of Gods that originally seemed to be adored and glorified by the inhabitants of Norway and mid-Sweden. This sextet wants to revive those moments and they give praise to the ‘Glorious Dead’ throughout the ages of man. This release is the third album of Vanir, and the successor of ‘Onwards Into Battle’, released in 2012 by their present label Mighty Music. Their musical style is best defined as brutal Viking Metal with a lot of Folk Metal influences. Sara Oddershede is responsible for the bagpipes in the band and this instrument ads a lot of atmosphere to the songs. The brutality becomes lesser brutal, the aggression turns into a soft anointing and the threat becomes an alliance of friends. Vanir has a perfect mix between forcible and violent behavior and exuberant revelry, which causes a positive vibe throughout the album.

All songs on this third album have an own identity but with a few things in common: heaviness is constantly present, terrifying vocals by Martin and a layer of bagpipes to add a perfect dose of melody. Fans of Amon Amarth should listen to rolling thunder ‘Overlord’, while ‘Written In Blood’ will appeal to those hooked on Equilibrium and Eluveitie. There is an album teaser available at this location but because it’s rather summary, perhaps it’s better to listen to the track ‘Overlord’ and decide if Vanir is going to be your next purchase!

My rating:  81 / 100


95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish