Review by JD on April 27, 2011.
It was bound to happen one of these days. Canadian Pirate/Pagan/Viking metal has finally come about, and seems to be a very good thing that it has indeed. British Columbia’s Scimitar is an act that Canada has been sorrowfully lacking and had been needing badly.
Sounding like a Death Metal version of Alestorm mixing with the harshness of Falkenbach and Hammer Horde, Scimitar is a band that really makes a impression right off the bat, and continues that long after the final song has faded off. Strong and chunky riffs, catchy melodies and brutal bass all come together to make amazing music.
Songs like the eleven minute plus majestic opus of 'Fireship' and the insanely lumbering 'Forest Of Wolves' have a power like none other. Deliciously captivating as it is heavy, Scimitar throw their hats into the battle for the best Viking/Pagan Metal act - and they are on their way to winning it all in a bloody conflict that will kill most of the false metal that tries and horribly fails to deliver.
Amon Amarth and other Viking Metal bands better beware their fate on the battlefield of metal, Scimitar will be taking over soon, in the bloodiest of all wars. Odin will be proud to hail these metallists around the tables of Valhalla. Hail Canadian Viking metal in all of its glory - may you rape and plunder for all eternity.
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Rating: 8.6 out of 10