Sweden's diverse catalogue of heavy metal artists is widely known the whole world over. From Amon Amarth and In Flames to the likes of Opeth and Dark Tranquility, there is a ton of variety to choose from. And today, we will be looking at one black metal outfit that's held its own throughout the decades and has very recently released its latest album onto us. Marduk is a band that's been active since the very early 1990s and spawned many releases through various record labels. With that in mind, here is Viktoria.
Viktoria serves as Marduk's 14th full length unveiled via Century Media Records in June of 2018. This 30-something minute album consisting of nine tracks features the four piece group in all its undying glory and tells of themes revolving around war, myths, violence, and with some historical background as well.
For the sake of this review, I will highlight the high points of Viktoria.
Despite the aforementioned positives, here are a few of the issues I had with Viktoria.
All in all, Viktoria by Marduk feels a bit "middle of the road" and a mixed bag despite the several things I liked about it. There are, overall, five songs I enjoyed out of the nine, so there is still a bit of fun to be had with it. I'd still recommend it despite it being little different from what you've heard before. If you're a fan of their previous few releases, then you might still have a ball with this one.
Fave Tracks: 'June 44', 'Tiger I'
For Fans Of: Dark Funeral, Watain
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-Review by: Dave Raffy
Musician, reviewer, fan & promoter
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