The 10 Best Viking Metal Bands

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It's no wonder heavy metal music and themes of Norse mythology and the Vikings go hand in hand for many bands. Obviously, region and cultural heritage is a huge factor, among European and Scandinavian countries, for sure. But something about the raw power, spiritualism, warfare tactics, mysticism, culture and way of life that the Vikings still resonates with modern heavy metal fans. Both can be rabid for their tribes, both are warriors at heart, and both celebrate musical rituals that connect them with the spirits. If the Vikings were around today, in their ancient form, they would be head banging and moshing along with  passionate fans at metal shows.  We now present our list of the 10 Best Viking Metal Bands.

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10.Unleashed
Swedish death metal doesn't get much better than Unleashed, a band that came to fruition in 1989. Choosing to go against the grain within the extreme metal scene at the time, Unleashed focused many of its songs about early, pre-Christian Norse history and the Vikings. Unleashed has proven to be brutal death metal force over the years, a monstrous musical attack machine that is hellacious, and harmonious at the same time. Brutal, crushing riffs, harsh, deep demonic vocals and blast beats with wild guitar solos all come together for a sound that fits in perfect with Entombed, Bolt Thrower, Deicide and Dismember. Be sure to check out Warrior (1997), Hell's Unleashed (2002) Sworn Allegiance (2004) Midvinterblot (2006), and Oldalheim (2012)
 

9.Tyr
This band is from the Faroe Islands, which lie in the North Atlantic West of Scotland between Iceland and Norway. The band began in 1998, and the name comes from the Norse God of Law and Justice. The music and songs are heavily based in Norwegian or Faroese lore and mythology as well as ancient Nordic ideals of Spirituality, and War. Images and tales of heroic Viking Gods are painted throughout the music, and the band has achieved a multitude of success, especially at home in the Faroe Islands and the surrounding region.

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19 comments
raychullfierce
raychullfierce

Yea you should re-think your job/where your writing this isn't news and it's not correct 


STOP LITTERING ON THE INTERNET!!

sonnyrazer
sonnyrazer

amon amarth is a fucking melodeath band and manowar is a power metal band, they are nothing like viking metal bands so fix this shit and put bathory at the top, quorthon fucking created this shit

murdersteps
murdersteps

Amon Amarth at the top... Tyr at the bottom... wtf?!

j_hoftun
j_hoftun

what abouth Einherjer?  Most of this bands are not even viking metal. exept of tyr. and amon amarth is in a grey zone of viking/ melodic death metal.  the rest is pagan, death or black metal bands. 

Udo4Accept
Udo4Accept

there's a band named Vÿkÿng that didn't make the list of top viking bands?!?! that's just silly. they even had Mark Tornillo come jam with them onstage! check youtube!

MickBeast
MickBeast

Good list, but some great band from Denmark are missing. Svartsot, Vanir and Heidra should be on this list.


But i am most surprised about the fact that Ensiferum isn´t on the list, along with Svartsot ;)

Nachtraaf
Nachtraaf

Manowar but not Windir? Honestly, Manowar has shit to do with Viking style anything.

monstranceclock
monstranceclock

Viking metal is a style of music not just an aesthetic, amon amarth is melodic death metal

karl.howarth
karl.howarth

Some great bands on here, not surprised to see amon amarth topping the list. Might not be the best viking metal band but they're certainly good and popular. I am really surprised to see that turisas didnt make the list, they're arguably more viking than anyone on here.

peelo
peelo

Turisas not on the list, surprised I am.

dimonukr
dimonukr

I am pleased to see Amon Amarth on the list and Falkenbach. Great article. 

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