Viking metal has always been a double edged sword for me. Honestly I am a big fan of the trope, but of course a lot of bands tie it in with a more extreme or blackened edge to it that as far as I am concerned causes it to lose a bit of steam. Interestingly enough though as much as I enjoy power metal, if it toes that line too closely I am similar put off by its cheesiness. Russia’s Nomans Land have done a great job of shooting the gab in between, bringing a true folksy feel to the Vikingdom. The vocals are fairly clean for the most part and the songs are very well written with some excellent production overlaid on top of it which really helps as well. A few of the tracks don’t really leap out as well as others do however, but for the majority of the album it keeps the listener engaged, which is a very good thing. These guys have been around the block a few times and they really show it with the songwriting aspects. Overall a pretty good album, maybe not their best effort but nothing too shabby either. Now where did I put my axe???
Choice Tracks – Dragons, Right To Luck, Last Crusade, Strain At The Oars