Icethrone are a band from Italy that plays a melodic form of pagan/viking death metal and this is a review of their 2012 album "See you In Valhalla" which was released by Black Tears Of Death.
The sounds of wind start off the album along with violins and acoustic guitars and after the intro the music starts going for more of an early 90's Swedish death metal sound along with some growls and you can hear some atmospheric sounds in the background and the leads that are brought into the music are very melodic and old school sounding and at time s you can hear some melodic pagan vocals being utilized at times.
On the other tracks the band brings a very epic and atmospheric sound to old school death metal along with a great amount of melody and they also mix in some powerful sounding bass lines and modern extreme and black metal influences at times and in some of the tracks the faster material will also utilize some thrash influences.along with a great amount of brutal blast beats.
On the 5th track acoustic guitars are finally brought onto the album and bring a folk music feeling to the recording as well as the heavier parts having more medieval pagan melodies to them as well as bringing in a small amount of folk instruments on some of the other songs which does not take away from the heavy death metal this band creates and the album closes with an acoustic instrumental.
Icethrone have a very different sound to them, while their main focus is old school Swedish style death metal you can hear some black metal and epic folk music influences in t heir sound, along with a very powerful sounding production and lyrics that cover Nordic and Viking Paganism.
In my opinion Icethrone are a very great sounding epic, pagan death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "From the Sea" "Red Giant Slayer" "No Sacrifice, No Glory" and "See You In Valhalla". 8 out of 10.