This article originally appeared on examiner.com
You run into The Road Vikings, you might as well just sit down and shut up. Take some notes while you’re at it, because they’re preaching the laws of rock, and there’ll be hell to pay for all our sins.
The Oakland-based foursome bill itself as a straight up metal act – with all intersections therein accounted for – lending homage to some of metal’s greatest. The gruesome foursome of Dan Bryan (Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar, Harmonica), Brian Rountree (Guitar), Lisa Tonra (Bass, Vocals) and Jimmy Wells (Drums) drive their prog-rock-ish brand of worship in the metal church with all the sweat, leather and attitude you could ever expect.
Their latest veneration comes packaged in a 10-song outfit entitled “Requiem for an Outlaw Biker,” and on it they forge a hammer to the rock gods. While Bryant’s vocals vacillate between Rob Halford (Judas Priest, Fight), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) and Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Tonra, Wells and Rountree come at you with a mixture of heavy riffage and superior musicianship.
One only has to listen to the conceptual grandeur of “Road to Valhalla,” “Full Moon” or the albums title track to realize The Road Vikings are some next level shit. They seamlessly float over rhythmic tensions, shredding solos and breath stomping harmonies/melodies. “Burn in Hell,” “Black Magic Nights” and “Ballad of Evil Knievel” have a riff configuration and structure that feel like the very best of hard rock. “Live to Ride” has all the snarl and spit of a rabid dog, while “Lovebound” and “Emergency” follow in a similar vein. Headwind stands as the melodic, Kansas-esque closer complete with organ accents and addicting chord progressions.
It all stands to storm the battlefield with aggressive metallic zest, with a passion that’s landed The Road Vikings at #7 on Oakland’s ReverbNation charts. These brutal nordic rockers have nothing to prove to anyone but themselves. So, get right with all the fuss.
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Check the video for “Requiem for an Outlaw Biker.”
ReviewsPosted on January 13, 2017