Stronghold Of Men NorwayCountry Of Origin: Norway
The Batallion - Stronghold Of Men

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The Spirit Of Masculinity
Born In A Grave
Man To Man (Warfare)
Smoke'em Out
Hate At Last Sight
Tension In The Stronghold
March Of The Veterans
Prove Your Pain
Last Dawn

Release Date: 2008
Label: Dark Essence Records
Categories: Death, Thrash

MetalBite Review by Mario on 4/12/2009
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