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Stronghold Of Men

Norway Country of Origin: Norway

Stronghold Of Men

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Release Date: 2008
Genre: Death, Thrash
1. The Spirit Of Masculinity
2. Born In A Grave
3. Detonate
4. Man To Man (Warfare)
5. Victims
6. Smoke'em Out
7. Hate At Last Sight
8. Tension In The Stronghold
9. March Of The Veterans
10. Prove Your Pain
11. Last Dawn

Review by Mario on April 12, 2009.

Not enough of old school metal? Here's one more for you. The Batallion marches from Bergen, Norway. Drumbells signal the battle will be very quick. Retaliation. The group is new but not these four metal soldiers, mercenaries who already executed their skills in many notorious Scandinavian bands, bands like Old Funeral, Taake, Bomber.

No word can convey the energy outflowing from this material.
It is typical of an enthiusiasm of a newcomer.
It's like listening to Slayer' very beginnings.
It's like screaming out along with Millie Petroza :)
It's like starring at Lemmy behind the buzzzing sound of speakers.
It's like listening to Celtic Frost' "Tragic Serenades" EP for the very first time.

This is 100% ferocious thrash black speed attack, punk-quick and effective [hails to Amebix, and Discharge as well]. These tracks are anthems to the past gone. Adding to vocalist Stud Bronson raunchy, snarling, vehemently whiskey roar are killer sing-along reffrains, morbidious riffage and mayhemic soloes. The weapons' usefull handling is obviously above average. I like this band cause they don't take the shit too seriously; they enjoy themselves. It prooves itself for example in a track like 'The Spirit Of Masculinity' where lines like “It's an explosion / Of Testosterone” can be heard :)
Pump up the volume, grab a bottle of beer and be metal.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 9.5
Atmosphere: 8.5
Originality: 7
Production: 9
Overall: 8.5

Rating: 8.5 out of 10