Thursday, January 29, 2009

Viking Skull - Doom, Gloom, Heartache and Whiskey

Viking Skull
Doom, Gloom, Heartache and Whiskey

When the group is called Viking Skull and the album Doom, Gloom, Heartache and Whiskey, the review practically writes itself. I mean, really, whaddaya think you’re going to get here – Carpenters covers? These UK bastards play heads-down, bloody, testosteronic hard rock - no more, no less. Channeling an obviously thorough knowledge of 70s and 80s metal, warlord Roddy Stone (a dead ringer vocally for Antiseen’s Jeff Clayton) leads this biker gang of a band through nine rampaging fight-starters. In For the Kill, Hair of the Dog and Start a War have enough riffs, momentum and general antagonism to make Lemmy lose sleep. 19 Swords takes on the NWOBHM (a wave that never subsided, it seems to me) for a classic track to inspire the invading hordes. The album ends with a real oddity, the piano barroom singalong Drink, but since the chorus is Gonna drink ‘til I shit my pants, it still sits squarely in the middle of Stone’s metal god worldview. From bloody invasion to alcoholic oblivion, loudly – good times, good times.

- Michael Toland

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