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Vikingligr Veldi / Hordanes Land
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Vikingligr Veldi / Hordanes Land

1 Jan. 2004 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2004
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 2004
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Candlelight Records
  • Copyright: 2004 Candlelight
  • Total Length: 1:21:30
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  • ASIN: B001U2HNQ6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,296 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Boyd on 10 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a double disc set of Enslaved's "Vikinglir Veldi" and 30 minute long "EP" "Hordanes Land".

Both releases show Enslaved at their very best producing top black metal before their descent. The music is in the vein of middle period Burzum in that it builds themes through repetition creating intense, emotional, entrancing music. The movements are long, most clocking in at over 10 minutes.

Vikinglir Veldi is crowned by many to be one of the best black metal albums, and personally I feel that it trails off a little toward the end, and so I prefer Hordanes Land to Vikinglir Veldi. Nevertheless both releases are amongst the very best of black metal art, and if you are interested in Enslaved or indeed black metal in general this is an essential release to have. You will not be disappointed.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Remas on 25 Feb. 2015
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Viking Metal 10 Mar. 2005
By Avatar of Khaine - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album is amazing. There may be only five songs but they are all spectacular, epic masterpieces. Although this does get categorized as Black Metal, thematically it focuses more on true paganism than the satanic paganism that many Black Metal bands focus on. This is probably why the phrase "viking metal" was coined to desribe this.

The album is quite long for the number of songs (an average of 10 minutes per song) and the band's style is also quite repetitive. What makes this album work are the varying guitar and synth melodies that hide underneath the wall of guitars. This allows repeated passages to grow grander with each repetition.

My personal favourites are "Vetrarnott" and "Norvegr", the former because its wonderful vitality is so empowering and the latter because of its beautiful, sorrowful melodies.

I haven't gives Hordanes Land as much time and although it is good "Vikingligr Veldi" is the real star of this compilation.

Metalheads, buy this NOW!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
"We behold the kingdom of the Hammer." 29 Dec. 2004
By Lord Chimp - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Enslaved is (basically) one of the rare black metal band that has changed a lot without cheapening themselves. Everything I have heard by them has been great thus far. This set includes both _Hordanes Land_ and Enslaved's debut, the earliest of stuff.

Enslaved writes essentially kinetic black metal about Viking myth and lore, equally aggressive, savage, and glorious. The band dominated their split CD with Emperor (_Hordanes Land_ with _Wrath of the Tyrant_). Their epic, soaring "Viking metal" was brutally evocative and they improved on the essential template with their first full-length, _Vikingligr veldi_.

The songs are on average about 10 minutes in length, and Enslaved uses that length to orchestrate tension and release more richly. Musically, they are comparable to black metal, with thick, buzzsaw soundwalls, sometimes complemented by synths, and.with some fierce major key constructions. The songs are highly imaginative and well-suited to their subject matter (on some metaphysical level). My favorite is "Vetrarnot", because of its incredibly haunting, shimmering melodies amidst furious storms of blitzkrieg black metal. "Norvegr" is the magestic, climactic instrumental closer, and "Midgards Eldard" can only be described as the metal war march of a God.

I listen to _Vikingligr Veldi_ way more than _Hordanes Land_, but both are definitely worth having. This is an A-grade compilation.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Newcomer to the genre 9 May 2005
By Brian Baker - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Wow! I haven't really listened to metal since the days of Venom and Possessed but these guys are dragging me back in!! Yes, this is pretty much Viking, Black Metal but the "attack" is much more varied than most of the bands I've heard. Parts of this veer closer to prog rock. If you like Opeth (who doesn't) but want darker lyrics then you should check this out.
Five Stars 10 July 2014
By Michael J Huhman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Prompt and as expected
5 of 58 people found the following review helpful
dont even bother 5 May 2005
By TRL #1 FAN - Published on
Format: Audio CD
long story short this is plain generic material by a band that doesn't receive any airplay on trl or the radio no wonder these guys aren't as famous as the more highly acclaimed acts such as Bleeding Through and As hope dies those bands actually have varying qualities to them whereas this band just struggles on everything. bottom line don't bother checking this garbage out and stick with metalcore, nu-metal, pop and rap
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