Viking death metal from the
is not seen every day and on grounds of that fact alone, Spanish
outfit Runic deserve some attention. Apart from that, the sextet
doesn’t exactly accomplish groundbreaking feats with their
second outing, “Liar Flags”.
you listen to the album, you’ll notice the pagan/folky elements
of Amorphis and the keyboard sweeps of Dimmu Borgir. This is mixed
with the occasional female vocal, flutes, pipes and the
predominantly black metal sounding vocal of Juan.
hard for me to spot exactly what it is that does it, but the album
seems to me slightly unfocused and not as heavy as it seemingly
wants to be. A shame, because it sounds like these guys really
have the potential - not unlike Moonspell had back in the day.
Make the next one a hammer, dudes.
“Ambush” (the most catchy tune on here – combining Amorphis
and Dimmu quite brilliantly) and “To the Fallen” (has a light
a floating riff that I just love).