Battle Helm Rating

If a band like Takida can win a price for best hardrock/metal act in an annual voting contest for Sweden’s largest tabloid Aftonbladet then I guess anything can be hardrock/metal these days. Norwegian SHADOW HUNTERS have that same poppy edge that Takida has but this isn’t as mainstream and radio friendly… Ah who am I kidding. This is bloody mainstream and very radio friendly but there is an edge to it that hooks me. In a way this reminds me of Amaranthe in how they incorporate pop elements with hardrock(ish) riffs. I am kinda surprised how much I really like this album. Perhaps I’m slowly drifting towards liking Takida too (vik hädan Satan). Anders Ekdahl

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