Back in the vinyl days, it was a tradition to put as the first track of A side, the work song, I mean, the song the band and staff thought it would be a hit. As a matter of fact, the first songs on both sides were supposed to be would-be hits. Well, there is no vinyl culture anymore. Of course there are still some releases in vinyl, but not the vinyl culture. When it comes to CDs, the logic used to be nearly the same. Best song was to be the first. Unfortunately, the CD culture has also vanished, and this tradition has also gone away. Until now…
Brothers of Metal with “Prophecy of Ragnarök” broke the ice and brought the tradition back to life. First track “Death of the God of Light” is the best of the album. Though, I guess I’m not fair to say it because there are other fantastic tracks in this album. Brothers of Metal aren’t a common band in any sense. There are eight of them in the band: three vocalists (two males and one female), three guitarists, a bassist and a drummer. Wow! That makes their music a bit unusual. To their epic Power Metal they add generous dashes of folk. The outcome is delicious. “Prophecy of Ragnaroek” is an album made with heart and soul with lots of anthemic songs as “Defenders of Valhala” with its epic and grand choruses and the aforementioned folk elements. It’s an album that you get in love on the first hear. I did.
Brothers of Metal are also a band with some humor. They identify their vocalists as Ylva Eriksson – Voice of the Valkyries, Joakim Lindbäck Eriksson – Battle Cries, Mats Nilsson – Tongue of the Gods. Sense of humor in a band is as desired as the resource in their instruments. All fourteen tracks of “Prophecy of Ragnaroek” have their extra of passion. Brothers of Metal deal a lot with strong choruses and battle cries. To be fair enough, they are mostly a Heavy Metal band, as I understand it. Power Metal is present in a few tracks. But, who am I to disagree with the band?
“Siblings of Metal” is a track that bounces through both Heavy and Power Metal with some symphonic elements. Pretty strong tune. Now, to be fair enough, the general outcome in “Prophecy of Ragnarök” is great. Brothers of Metal are a band that inspires me to go on believing that the best of Heavy Metal is coming. I do believe that new bands are the hope of Metal. While new bands appears, Heavy Metal will never die. Brothers of Metal prove me that. As they say “We Believe in Metal.” One more to nominate as “Best of the Year.”
Brothers of Metal “Prophecy of Ragnarök” is released today November 16th via AFM Records.
- Death of The God of Light
- Son of Odin
- Prophecy Of Ragnarök
- Defenders Of Valhalla
- Concerning Norns
- Siblings Of Metal
- Gods Of War
- The Mead Song
- Fire Blood and Steel
- We Believe in Metal
Watch “Prophecy of Ragnarök” lyric video here: