Heavy Metal Thunder CD (2010)

Artist: Viking Skull

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Label Restricted Release/red
SKU 217391239
UPC 852931002048
UPC 14 00852931002048
Format CD
Release Date 10/26/2010
Author Viking Skull
Technical Info
Engineer Iain Wetherell
CatalogID RES 006
Lable Name Restricted Release
Released 10/25/2010
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 72m : 50s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00852931002048
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixer: Iain Wetherell.
Recording information: Premier Studios, Corby, UK.
Arranger: Viking Skull.
When a bunch of metalheads have the word "Viking" in their name, it would be easy to assume that they are from Sweden or Norway and are offering some type of Viking-themed black metal, Viking-themed death metal, or Viking-themed folk-metal. But Viking Skull are not from Scandinavia, they don't get into Nordic mythology, and Heavy Metal Thunder has nothing to do with black metal, death metal, or folk-metal. Actually, Viking Skull are a British band with a rowdy, biker-friendly approach that draws on Mot?rhead, stoner rock, AC/DC, and the Southern-fried side of alternative metal. In alt-metal, there are certain bands that get a lot of inspiration from Southern rock; Alabama Thunder Pussy, Hammerlock, Brand New Sin, the Texas Hippie Coalition, and Maylene & the Sons of Disaster are among the bands that have combined their punky, grungy, alt-metal aesthetic with a strong appreciation of Lynyrd Skynyrd and other Southern rockers. And there is no reason why a Hammerlock fan or an Alabama Thunder Pussy fan would dislike Viking Skull. But instead of trying to sound exactly like their American counterparts, Viking Skull also have those Black Sabbath/stoner rock, Mot?rhead and AC/DC elements in their biker boogie. Heavy Metal Thunder is in no danger of being mistaken for quiet, gentle introspection; this reissue (which unites 2003's Chapter One, 2005's Born in Hell, and some bonus tracks on a 72-minute CD) goes out if its way to sound like a biker party from hell, and the fact that Viking Skull are so unapologetically cartoonish about it is a big part of their charm. When an album's song titles include "Beer, Drugs and Bitches," "Rape, Pillage and Burn," "Skulls and Whiskey," and "Born in Hell," you know that the band in question isn't afraid to engage in some goofiness that would make Spinal Tap proud. And Viking Skull have more going for them than just an ironically over-the-top image; they also deliver the hooks, making Heavy Metal Thunder a fun, if derivative, contribution to the zanier side of alternative metal. ~ Alex Henderson
Disc 1
1 Beers Drugs and Bitches
2 Wizard's Sleeve
3 Frostbite
4 Rape Pillage and Burn
5 Crazy Trucker
6 Skull Heaven
7 Born In Hell
8 Crank the Volume
9 Red Hot Woman
10 Seedealer
11 Heavy Metal Thunder
12 Saddle Up
13 Double or Quits [Demo Version]
14 Rock & Roll Suicide
15 Conquer the World
16 Baby Let Me Know
17 Skulls & Whiskey
18 Dirty Dirty Hole
19 Inject My Woman (With Love)
20 You Can't Kill Rock & Roll
Product Attributes
Artist Viking Skull
Music Format Compact Disc

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