Varg – “Das Ende Aller Lügen” (Napalm Records)
Anthemic, Germanic pagan metal! Meaning ‘wolf’ in Scandinavian, Varg certainly live up to their name being a stirring mix of aggressive warrior metal derived from both black and death roots, but tastefully displaying noble folk and powerful modern melodies to stand above the pack. I’d also say that given their roots there is also an element of neue deutsche härte that comes through, especially on the shout outs and in the general vibe to the material here like on ‘Achtung’. Wittily opening with Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Great Dictator’ speech, its clear that Varg are not ones to shy away from being different, especially given past accusations of militaristic and even right wing leanings, and the title (‘the end of all lies’) might be very well reflective of the current discontent in European countries towards their politicians. Whatever the case, their music remains raw and aggressive throughout, and certainly darker on this album than on its predecessor “Guten Tag”, with a more straightforward approach and less experimentation. That said, there’s still plenty of diversity with some tracks like ‘Dunkelheit‘ taking a more symphonic black format compared to the modern metal of ‘Revolution’ with its catchy groove while on the dark metal of ‘Totentanz’ Eluveitie’s Anna Murphy provides a classy dual vocal giving the track a very epic feel topped off by folk instruments. With the slick production, the nine songs have a nice upbeat feel to them, and the exciting mix of styles always ensures there’s plenty to tantalize and make each track special. With the NDH ‘Ascheregen‘ closing in passionate singalong, Varg prove that whatever their past, on this fifth full length offense is very often the best defense!