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This review is from: The Varangian Way (Audio CD)
Wow. Discovered at Bloodstock, Battle Metal has been a mainstay of the stereo for 10 1/2 months, so couldn't wait until the new one came out. Not disappointed. While not quite as solid as Battle Metal, The Varangian Way is a corker of a concept album, following a group of hairy Viking travellers down to Constantinople. Holmgard and Beyond is a broadswords-in-the-air anthem, and Cursed Be Iron is a fantastic piece of Kalevala folklore set to some mighty riffs. If you're new to the exciting world of folk metal, I'd start with Battle Metal or Ensiferum's debut, but the Varangian way is essential listening for eclectic metalheads anywhere.