Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hwoooarrrghhhh!



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)!

2 comments:

  1. This is amazingly ignorant of every development in metal in the past two decades; it's awesome. Totally gonna look into this band.

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  2. As a man who has spent the past couple of weeks flashing out his Manilla Road knowledge if you'd told me these songs were long lost demo tapes I'd believe it without a second thought.

    Not saying they're derivative, but they really capture that 80's MR sound perfectly to the point that it's scary. After listening to "Skullcrusher" they're not quite as melodic but hell, that's part of their charm.

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