#1
Not sure if a Viking thread exists yet. If not, here it is.

Discuss some of the best, the newest, and the modern leaders of Viking metal.
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#2
Quorthon and Valfar are dead so there's not much going on with viking metal.
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Quorthon and Valfar are dead so there's not much going on with viking metal.


Still a great genre, though. Ensiferum are great and a new band that I have been obsessed with, King of Asgard, are also not bad.
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Quorthon and Valfar are dead so there's not much going on with viking metal.

This and a half.
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#7
there's a difference between melodic death metal with viking themed lyrics and viking metal.
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#8
what bands do you consider viking metal besides Windir and Bathory?

Besides, Valfar considered the band "SognaMetal" ...unless that means viking

But I'd just consider those bands mixes of black and folk.

edit: oh you were talking to the guy below me, nvm.
#9
Viking Metal: Bathory, Windir, among a select few.
Amon Amarth arent viking metal, theyre MDM with viking lyrics.
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#10
besides Windir and Bathory, I would say some earlier Enslaved albums come close to being viking metal. I'm sure there's others out there, can't think of any off the top of my head.
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#11
I have a friend who likes to throw around moonsorrow and stuff like that...but I'm still skeptical about it.
#12
I think Viking Metal along with Pirate metal are stupid terms. Hell, why don't we call Legend (U.S.) Viking metal, they were quite a bit before Bathory and Windir.
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#14
I suppose. I just don't see the term "Viking Metal" having the same weight as something like Death, Black, or Doom. What exactly are the tenants of it?
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Viking fact no. 1: Viking helmets did not have horn.
Viking fact no. 2: Vikings tobogganed on their shields into battle.
Viking fact no. 3: Vikings drank mead.
Viking fact no. 4: One of your ancestors are likely to have been raped by a viking.
#15
How about Scald? They're definitely a doom metal band with viking themed lyrics but they definitely give a STRONG viking feel, as much as say Bathory. I don't see how viking metal is even a subgenre, I think it's kind of ridiculous.
#17
^I concur, but.

Edit: I was referring to Born headless. I still think that's such a tenuous definition though Severed.
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Viking fact no. 1: Viking helmets did not have horn.
Viking fact no. 2: Vikings tobogganed on their shields into battle.
Viking fact no. 3: Vikings drank mead.
Viking fact no. 4: One of your ancestors are likely to have been raped by a viking.
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#18
My love for viking/folk metal begins and ends with Graveland,Bathory and Drudkh. Stuff like Moonsorrow is'nt the worst though.
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#20
I've always been of the opinion that lyrics and band image have little to do with their classification compared to their actual music. I don't think there's a Viking metal band that can't be easily classified as an existing genre.
#22
Viking metal is folk metal about Vikings. The lyrical theme really means nothing because folk metal is defined by folk themes anyways, and given that Viking mythology and such is folklore.. Well, you get the point.

The only Viking metal bands I consider Viking metal are Bathory, Falkenbach and Mithotyn, just because I'm not sure where else to throw them.
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Viking metal is folk metal about Vikings. The lyrical theme really means nothing because folk metal is defined by folk themes anyways, and given that Viking mythology and such is folklore.. Well, you get the point.


Not this argument again. There's clearly a sound you associate with Viking metal, that sound isn't the same as folk metal. So by the very nature of genres being a collective descriptive word for bands with common traits, Viking metal is, or has become, a genre.
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Not this argument again. There's clearly a sound you associate with Viking metal, that sound isn't the same as folk metal. So by the very nature of genres being a collective descriptive word for bands with common traits, Viking metal is, or has become, a genre.


That's what I feel. Even though viking metal has some overlapping qualities shared by folk metal, viking has its own qualities as well. That's why I didn't go to the folk metal thread here.
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