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Thorr Axe : Wall Of Spears

Thorr-Axe should soon make a name for themselves in the Trad. Doom realm.

Thorr-Axe is a relatively new band from the US and this is their first self-financed release. The guys offer us a hybrid blend of classic American sounding doom metal and Viking doom, as it was defined by Bathory in their Viking trilogy (’Blood, Fire, Death’, Hammerheart, Twilight Of The Gods).

The album begins with the instrumental 'Raise Your Horns', that sets the album’s overall direction with its war-like, heavy, ultra epic sound. 'Wall of Spears' that comes next is a more up-tempo song that is dominated by the death/black, but still understandable, vocals of their singer. The album continues with 'Hung for Nine Days', a slow, crushing opus that marks one the albums finest moments. We get a change in mood with the instrumental 'March of the Wizards', as it holds some rockier elements that bands like Pentagram and Saint Vitus are better known for, but without straying too much from their epic path. Next is the 'Dragon King', probably the faster song of the album; aesthetically it reminds me more of old American power/epic bands like Cirith Ungol and Manilla Road. If someone ever wondered how a jam between Korpiklaani and The Gates of Slumber would sound like, then 'Brewmaster', one of my favorite songs, can answer that question. 'Hall under the Moon' that comes next is musically the most interesting moment of the album, with great guitar work, especially in the last part of the song (which reminds me of old Cathedral), although the chorus doesn’t work well. The album ends with what I consider its highlight: 'Sundering of the Frost Giant'; slow, heavy, epic with a majestic atmosphere, almost a classic.

I was surprised by the album and I think that if they take the right steps and correct some minor details here and there they will make a name for themselves. I recommend the album to everybody into epic doom bands like While Heaven Wept, Ereb Altor, Doomsword, The Gates Of Slumber and if you don’t mind the brutal vocals then you are going to enjoy 'Wall Of Spears' quite a lot.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Raise Your Horns
2. Wall Of Spears
3. The Island
4. Hung For Nine Days
5. March Of The Wizards
6. Dragon King
7. Brewmaster
8. Hall Under The Mountain
9. Sundering Of The Frost Giant

Duration : Approx. 43 minutes

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Reviewed on 2011-06-11 by Dimitris Plastiras
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