Varg- The End Of All Lies
FFO- Power Metal, Black Metal, Folk Metal, Metalcore
*For All Extensive Purposes, I am sticking with the English version of this album. the original German version is also available*
Varg has really been making quite an impact in the last few years. With a huge moment for the band being a part of Paganfest 2014, the band returns in 2016 with their 5th album, The End Of All Lies. This features the band tighter than ever writing some of their best songs to date. Heavy, evil, and catchy as hell!
The album starts with a 2 and a half minute intro, The Great Dictator (Which is based off the legendary speech from the 1940 movie of the same name) and is the perfect segue way into the title track. The End Of All Lies is a fast, heavy song that features everything that is great about the band. The spirit of Power Metal mixed with Metalcore, and some Black Metal blasting to boot. The chorus is beyond catchy. Revolution is next and starts in quite an epic, held out, way before launching into a full Metalcore assault . Again, the chorus is extremely catchy and almost radio friendly. Streyfzug showcases more of the viking metal and folk side of the band. Much more of a slower, midtempo song give a nice break from the chaos that ensues the album. Achtung starts off with some electronic moments before breaking into a shocking danceable Amaranthe (Drop Dead Cynical) style riff. The middle section features some atmospheric elements and some cool drum fills, but otherwise sticks to this catchy style. Sounds like an absolute party song. Darkness shows off more of the black metal elements while having a power metal twinge to it. There is a couple metalcore style breakdown per-choruses, otherwise it is some black metal goodness. The Dance Of Death features vocals from Anna Murphy of Eluveitie. The song is the closest thing to a ballad on the album and gives a great, creepy feeling. Murphy's presence makes it feel like a dark carnival/vaudeville feel. Einherjer sounds actually very much like the band Einherjer, especially in the chorus. It's a speedy song in the verses and quite epic sounding in the chorus. Winterstorm is, by far, the fastest song on the album. A great black metal feel for the most part with some metalcore style verse riffing. By far the most evil sounding song on the album. The final song is Rain Of Ash. It's starts with a solitary guitar riff leading to a very mellow song. The chorus is one of the catchiest of the entire album and gives a great epic atmosphere. The album ends with a fade away of a heavy, breakdown style riff leaving the listener begging for more.
All in all, Varg knocks it out of the park with The End Of All Lies. It's got a little bit of everything you'd want in a band like this from the most evil sounding black metal to danceable pop metal to metalcore breakdowns to some of the catchiest choruses you'll ever here. This is just one completely solid album!
Varg- The End Of All Lies available NOW via Napalm Records
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