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Legacy of Vydar – A Hundred Miles

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , on 30th August 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Legacy of Vydar
A Hundred Miles
Released 16th October 2011
Death Metal
Self-Released

Hailing come Germany, come death metal sextet Legacy of Vydar. Differing themselves from other bands of the genre, LoV bring with them a three guitar assault on the ear drums, almost like a death metal version of Iron Maiden. Their most recent album, A Hundred Miles was released almost a year ago.

My War, the first track on the album, has a very industrialesque sound that screams from the guitars, while the drums, bass and obviously the vocals, throw in a very powerful, very epic death metal sound. The riffs collide back and forth like raging waves smashing against cliffs. The title track, A Hundred Miles, unleashes a melodic styling upon an unsuspecting listener, almost coming across like an Amon Amarth track.

Too Far really did take me by surprise, beginning with a very melodic, very calm riff that was carried along by a heavier riff and callous drumming before it transforms into a howling beast of aggressive riffs and demonic vocal work. My Soul Unleashed is another Amon Amarth-styled track, only somewhat lacking in energy, which is a shame as I think this track would make for a decent mosh pit anthem. No Remorse displays a use of very intelligently performed riffs that come blasting more fierce and terrifying than the A-bomb. The vocals add a beastly sound that seems like the last piece of the puzzle in this track, completing and making it one of the stand out tracks of the album.

Hope And Despair is a very calm instrumental, that eases you into that false sense of security before the violent wails of The Trail begin charging like a bull that’s just seen red. Vidar, which is undoubtedly about the Norse god of the same name, is another stand out track on the album, displaying influences from varying Viking metal bands while sticking to the band’s own sound at the same time, fusing everything together into a masterpiece of pure death metallic goodness.

Hold On pulls no punches when it comes to melodic riffs and rhythmic drumming. The band have carefully balanced out the aggressive vocals and melodic music in a beautiful and artistic manner on this track, keeping that balance there with the tempo changes as well. For such a bloodthirsty sounding track, Still Alive, sounds subtly cheery and hopeful at the same time, as its violent sounding riffs get the blood flowing. Not The End is certainly an ironic title for a title that is the end of the album. The riffs scream out eerily familiar to Twilight of the Thunder God, invoking a truly epic sound that really gives the album a brilliant end.

Germany is renowned for its metal scene and with Legacy of Vydar on the scene, its going to get much better. Legacy of Vydar are one of the few death metal bands that really do proper melodic riffs and A Hundred Miles really displays each member’s talent as well as the ever-growing sound of the band, so if you like a clean, crisp sound topped with guttural growls and fierce riffs, A Hundred Miles is one for your collection. Hopefully we’ll hear more from these hard rocking Teutonic warriors of metal very soon.

4.7/5

Nico Davidson

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Children Of Bodom w/Special Guests @ Manchester Academy [Live Review]

Posted in Live with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 3rd April 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Bands: Children Of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Ensiferum, Machinae Supremacy
Location: Manchester Academy, Manchester
Date: 2nd April 2011

The atmosphere in Manchester Academy was buzzing with excitement. As far as the eye could see there were plastic horned helmets, Mjollnir pendents and band t-shirts with the occasional topless bloke. The first to band to take the stage was alternative metal quintet Machinae Supremacy. They worked their way through a five minute set which consisted of “Truth of Tomorrow”, “Force Feedback” and “Through The Looking Glass”. Despite it being such a short set, the crowd were appreciative enough.  The second band to enter the four way metal foray were Finnish folk metalheads “Ensiferum”. They provided a very energetic performance beginning with “From Afar”. The crowd went wild when they began to play “Into Battle”.  Ensiferum finished off their set with “Iron” and even had the crowd singing the chorus with them.

The third band to play were the main support act Amon Amarth. As they made their way on stage, the crowd went ballistic. Amon Amarth began their set with “War of the Gods” and moved onto “Runes To My Memory”. They also played “The Beast Am I”, “The Destroyer of the Universe” and “Twilight Of The Thunder God” much to the pleasure of their fans. After Amon Amarth left the stage, the crowd began chanting “Bodom, Bodom, Bodom” throughout the interval. When Bodom finally came on stage, cheers echoed throughout the Academy. They began with “Not My Funeral” followed by “Bodom Beach Terror”. Towards the end of their set they performed “Blooddrunk” and “Follow the Reaper”, those these weren’t enough to satisfy the fans who demanded an encore. Bodom happily obliged by performing “Was It Worth It?” and “Hate Crew Deathroll” as the encore.

All four bands put on brilliant performances, though the highlights of the night had to have been the charismatic and energetic performances by Amon Amarth and Children of Bodom. It was also a disappointment that Machinae Supremacy had so little time to perform. Either way, it was a brilliant night for Bodom, Amarth, MS and Ensiferum fans alike.

Nico Davidson