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Walls of Vanaheim Black Messiah (CD)
Release: 2017-06-30
Anyone who has closely followed the lively development of this Ruhrpott legend since the founding, knows exactly about the always upright and loyal attitude of the inflexible legation. When Germany’s Black Messiah came to the public in 1992, the Metal world was still quite different from what it currently is. But to this day, the singing leader Zagan with his guitar, violin and titanic passion held fast to his immovable ideals. And what began courageous as an innovative-folkish Pagan Black Metal and then, over the years, led more and more into classic, highly epic Pagan Metal with a Power Metal flair, now flows into „Walls Of Vanaheim“. On this seventh album, the six-headed formation celebrates all the characteristics and, above all, the virtues of its very own, atmospherically style. And this is done with exceptionally sublime songwriting, which is combined with pure power, biting endurance and many original ideas. „Walls Of Vanaheim“ marks the second part of the exciting story, which was first told with the 2009 longplayer „First War Of The World“. Thematic is all about the second war of the mythological Vanen tribe.

Triggered by the murder of Odin's friend, the giant Mime, the Ases moved from Valhalla to Vanheim to lay the city in ruins. Black Messiah stage this exciting spectacle with their martial-brave, unmistakably melodic soundtrack. Masculine, but thoroughly thought-out music, which is just as inevitable as it often drives under the skin: Martial stirring, uniquely rough, touching emotionally and full of individual beauty - Black Messiah at their very best!

The triumphant „Walls Of Vanaheim“ shows very impressively, that these fighter souls still have an extra-strong Pagan breath!

 :: Reviews
"Highly recommended!" - Rock Tribune (BE), 9/10

"A remarkable work!" - Metalitalia (I)

"Incited pagan metal, with influences from blackened art during its most bellicose moments!" - Lords Of Metal (NL), 90/100

"A very classy release indeed! Excellent!" - Battlehelm (UK), 4/5

"'Walls Of Vanaheim' is the first album of Black Messiah that catches you straight away!" - Ragherrie (NL), 85/100

"The very good quality of 'Walls of Vanaheim' is evidenced! Start the battle!" - Metal.it (I), 7,5/10
 
"This material is in the top echelon of what Black Messiah have crafted through their discography!" - Gorger.org (NO), 4/6

"This album will absolutely open the doors of Valhalla for BLACK MESSIAH!" - Kaosguards (F), 19/20

"Black Messiah are a brave band who have undertaken an epic odyssey!" - Ave Noctum (UK), 7,5/10

"Charged with emotion!" - Ultrarock (F)

"Especially for lovers of the most dark side of folk/viking and pagan metal!" - Musika (BE), 75/100

"A massive record!" - Folk Metal (NL), 8,5/10

"Epic and melodic!" - Metallian (F)

REVIEWS 
Musika (BE) - 75 von 100
Rock Tribune (BE) - 9 von 10
Metallian (F) - 4 von 6
Rock Hard (D) - 9 von 10
FFM Rock (D) - 8,5 von 10
Musikreviews.de (D) - 10 von 15
Nocturnal Hall (D) - 8,5 von 10
Crossfire (D) - 8,5 von 10
Powermetal.de (D) - 8 von 10
Bleeding 4 Metal (D) - 9 von 10
Heavy-Metal.de (D) - 9 von 10
Evil Rocks Hard (D) - 10 von 10
Metal Only (D) - 8 von 10
Legacy (D) - 14 von 15
Der Hörspiegel (D) - 8 von 10
Kaosguuards (F) - 19 von 20
Metalitalia (I) - 7 von 10
Metal.it (I) - 7,5 von 10
Ragherrie (NL) - 85 von 100
Lords Of Metal (NL) - 90 von 100
Folk Metal (NL) - 8,5 von 10
Gorger.org (NO) - 4 von 6
Battlehelm (UK) - 4 von 5
Ave Noctum (UK) - 7,5 von 10
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