THYRFING, the second. Still Swedish, this time with Viking feast on the cover. What can we conclude? Exactly, still Viking Metal. And great one! Compared to their self-titled debut they have developed a lot and more than make you just listen up.
Already the opener "Storms Of Asgard", together with its intro "Heading For The Golden Hall", is Viking at its best, pompous keyboards, strong, epic melodies, good song-structure, plus Thomas Väänänen's gruff vocals, which sound better than on the debut and also are better decipherable, just take everything that already had been good on the debut and imagine it two classes better.
But they have not yet used up their creative gun-powder, because also following this THYRFING present us with gripping compositions, catchy and melodious, but never sounding flat or sappy, quite the contrary, they combing Heavy Metal, Death and Black with Folk and bombastic keyboards, which might be a little far in the fore here and there, but in my opinion still fit in there, almost like fanfares…
Besides the excellent opener you should take on "Askans Rike", the title-track (with the "Phantom Of The Opera" in the guitar) and "A Moment In Valhalla" to hear for yourself that THYRFING are in the spearhead of Viking Metal.