Shelder: God of vikings

Year1988
Label/DistributionPrivate
FormatLP
Musical styleDoom Metal
Additional info-
Rarity grading
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4 out of 6 - Incredibly rare!

Review

Very strange french Metal with a female vocalist. The sound reminds me of some very unique US-Bands like WYZARD or MILITIA, not because of the music but because of the strange songwriting and peculiar, unusual vocal parts. This means, it is not my style, but I think there is a big crowd of fans for that kind of stuff. Great Fantasy artwork. If it turns up, the price normally is very high, so only recommended to collectors with lots of money.


Fantastic epic hard rock similar to the early MANILLA ROAD stuff. The sound of this LP approaches MR's "Mark of the beast" material but with more melodic vocal lines and shorter tracks. Star mythique and Manilla are my personal favorites while Rock and roll star has a strong SCORPIONS influence and it's slightly different from the rest of the tracks. The production sounds like if the album was recorded in a cave and this gives "God of Vikings" a very haunting, mystical atmosphere. Fans of traditional Power Metal will probably find it uninterested, but the others will discover a unique gem of epic hard rock. Note: Apart from the instrumental named Randy Rhoads, the whole album is also dedicated to the memory of Randy Rhoads!

Tracks
God of vinkings
Randy Rhoads
Star mythique
Etranger solitaire
Shelder
Rock n roll star
Manilla

Created / updated: 2012-08-31
Stefan Riermaier, John Panagiotopoulos