Rating: 83/100

Reviewed by: Jørgen Ditlev, June '05
Label: Massacre Records
Style: Power Metal

Sagas Of Iceland (The History Of The Vikings, Volume 1)

Hailing from Frankfurt, Germany. Michael Seifert, Uwe Lulis, Björn Eilen, Tomi Göttlich and Gerd Lücking released “Shakespeare’s Macbeth” in 2002 and “Born A Rebel” in 2003. “Shakespeare’s Macbeth” was one of the best cd’s to come out of Germany back in 2002, while “Born A Rebel” was a big let down.

“Sagas of Iceland” is a step back to the epic metal like on “Shakespeare’s Macbeth”. Rebellion plays typical German power metal with an epic edge (Grave Digger meets Wizard) - and it sounds awesome. We got slow epic tunes “Sword In The Storm” and we got speed metal “The Sons Of The Dragon Slayer” and even melodic heavy metal “Canute The Great”.

The singer Michael Seifert sounds like he is the little brother of Mathew Barlow (ex- Iced Earth). The production also lives up to the overall high musical standard.

“Sagas of Iceland” is the first cd in a trilogy about the Vikings, and it deals with Ragnar Lodenhose “The Sons Of The Dragon Slayer”, the Norwegian king Harald Harfager, who created the first united Norwegian kingdom, Eric the Red, and both Danish kings Sven Gabelbart “Ruling The Waves” and Knut the Great – both ruled England besides Denmark. Part 2 will be released in 2006, and part 3 in 2007.

Recommended tracks: “Blood Rains”, “Ruling The Waves”, “Canute The Great” & “Harald Hadrade”