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B and G Podcast – 2013 Album of the Year

Posted in Badass and Grimness Podcast, Black Metal, Blackened Death Metal, Death Metal, Doom, Folk Metal, Heavy Metal, Pagan Metal, Prog, Viking Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2014 by Murderdeth

Seasons Greetings,

Here we are, twelve months down the line since our First Annual Badass & Grimness: Album of the Year with the next fine instalment The Second Annual Badass & Grimness: Album of the Year!

 

In this years goodie bag we have: Tyr, Amon Amarth, Fen, Watain, Satyricon, Carcass, Sepultura, Windhand, Orphaned Land, and a few honourable mentions.

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Cheers

Murderdeth

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Best of 2013

Posted in Badass and Grimness Podcast, Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom, Heavy Metal, Thrash, Viking Metal on December 20, 2013 by Badass and Grim

Best of 2013

Watch out assorted denizens of the internet, we’ll shortly be making our return, and first up is our Top 9 Metal Albums of 2013 show!

B and G Podcast – Viking Special

Posted in Badass and Grimness Podcast, Black Metal, Blackened Death Metal, Cake, Death Metal, Folk Metal, Heavy Metal, Pagan Metal, Prog, Viking Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2013 by Murderdeth

B and G Podcast – Viking Special

From the Havamal –
Ale
Has too often
Been praised by poets.
The longer you drink
The less sense
Your mind makes of things.

That pretty much sums up the following.

It’s been a long, long time coming but here it is in its full, glorious 90 minutes….

“The Badass and Grimness Podcast, Viking Special.”

Featuring: Bathory, Amon Amarth, History Channel’s “Vikings”, Tyr, Wardruna and three progressively drunken idiots!

Not Featuring: Unleashed, Windir, Burzum, Arkenham and many others.

Thanks to JMG for joining us on this one. You can find him on twitter @jmgcreative.

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Cheers

Murderdeth

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B and G Podcast – Episode 4

Posted in Badass and Grimness Podcast, Heavy Metal, Interview, News, Prog, Viking Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2013 by Murderdeth

B and G Podcast – Episode 4

“Howdy Dicktits!” (Rumple Judas Clungeberry, 2013).

This week features, Get Dead or Die Trying by The Rotted and I Am Anonymous by Headspace as well as the triumphant return of the unsavoury entity we call Rumple.

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Murderdeth

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Unleashed – Odalheim

Posted in Death Metal, Viking Metal with tags , , , , , on November 22, 2012 by Badass and Grim

What to expect from the 11th studio album from Sweden’s veteran Norsemen? Well thankfully Unleashed are a band who subscribe to the Lemmy school of “if it aint broke don’t fix it” and once again throw down a Christian slaying, blood spattered mace of an album which may well be their best release to date.

Everything about this album show’s Unleashed at their best, the mix is great, their is plenty of variation in tempo to allow creativity in the drumming, the bass isn’t stolid and boring but has pretty interesting variation in what is often a constraining genre for the instrument. The riffs slay and the solos! Every song has a solo and every solo is the fucking tits. Musically it’s really, really strong, everything you’d expect from these seasoned masters. So far so good.

As a cursory glance at any of my previous reviews will demonstrate, I’m always interested in digging down into the concepts behind artists’ songs and albums, for me it’s something which often sets metal apart from other genres. Rather than the lyrics being some candy floss garbage designed to snag into the listeners brain like a rusty hook (if this were literally true it would go a long way to explain the intellectual level of most music chart fans), the best metal tracks have some sort of philosophic, historical or conceptual message; which is ironic when you consider that most people find this vocal style impossible to understand. Odalheim is a brilliant synthesis of actual Scandinavian history in the general, overlaid with Unleashed’s specific mythological narrative.

That said, allow me to wax lyrical about Odalheim as I see it.

The album is a re-imagining of Ragnarok (beginning with “Fimbulwinter”) with the struggle not between the gods and the giants, but between Pagans and Christians, and is the tale of the norsemens’ struggle to build Odalheim. “Odal” is the medieval Scandinavian word for the heritable lands of kindred freeborn tribesmen, so in this usage it’d be fair to describe Odalheim as “The home of the freeborn”. Things seem to be going fine until the third track “White Christ”. During the conversion of Scandinavia to Christianity there was an overlap period during which a duel worship of White Christ and Red Thor took place, Christ taking the place of traditional fertility/farming based gods, and Thor being the god of war and combat because he’s got a fucking hammer and spends most of his time using it to smash in the faces of his enemies. It turns out that the followers of White Christ may not have been so receptive to the idea of Unleashed’s plans to create a pagan kingdom, and in a reversal of the Viking rape and pillage stereotype we see the Christians butcher our erstwhile heroes’ followers (Track 4: The Hour of Defeat).

Not to be deterred the Norsemen begin “Gathering the Battalions” (the Unleashed version of Gwar’s Bohabs) for the reclamation of Odalheim, which involves a cross between a series of Viking raids and a death metal world tour. As the travel to “Vinland” (the Viking name for North America meaning Wine Land), Central and South America “The Rise of the Maya Warriors”, The British Isles / Ireland “By Celtic and British Shores” and finally back to mainland Europe “The Soil of Our Fathers / Germania”. Finally with their ranks swelled from this worldwide recruitment drive they fall upon the unsuspecting Christian’s of Scandinavia and take it back in the name of Odalheim, visiting a bloody vengeance at “The Great Battle of Odalheim”.

So like I said, thought has gone into this album, and its the kind of detail that you’re not going to find in a One Direction single. This album is the musical and narrative equivalent of a flaming church on the horizon, there is nothing not to like about that image or this album.

‘THE ARMIES OF CHRIST FLEE, NO MERCY BEHIND ENEMY LINES! SO CLOSE TO VICTORY, THE GREAT BATTLE OF OUR TIME’

Deej