Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I'm not gonna pretend to know anything about Jotenheim [sic], but I will save you the Metal Archives search and tell you that they came from Italy and released a self-titled EP in 2005 before breaking up. I find the date mind-blowing, because this shit sounds like it was made in a backwater American town during the 80s. They play "epic heavy metal," a sub-subgenre of 80s US power metal that basically just means "stuff that sounds like Manilla Road." In fact, this track is a Manilla Road cover. But Jotenheim have taken their heroes' sound, cranked it up to 11, and then bludgeoned it into glorious retardation. Think big, stupid power-chord riffs repeated way longer than you'd expect, throughout songs that are way longer than you'd expect, and a gravel-voiced vocalist of dubious technical ability howling in and out of key about Conan fantasy shit like a pissed-off mountain troll. Basically, this is fucking awesome. I commend Jotenheim for creating such willfully irrelevant music, and doing it with such zeal.
If you dig this, also check out my old post on Stormtrooper (US)!