Viking Skull - Doom, Gloom, Heartache & Whiskey (CD) Cover Art

Viking Skull - Doom, Gloom, Heartache & Whiskey (CD)

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Origin: USA
Released: 2008
Catalog number: PAGE001CD
Safe in the knowledge that the right riff in the right place can have the same stopping power as a 12-gauge kneecapping, Viking Skull mostly stick to their trademark retro grooves and liquor-soaked lyrics. They might be as charming as a hobo’s hangover, but they’re also as intense as the special brew binge that precipitated it. That’s not to say Doom, Gloom, Heartache & Whiskey doesn’t like to mix its musical drinks a bit. Roddy Stone’s growl, still sounding like he gargles sand and eats cigarettes, is perfect for shitkickers, but it also works with the Maiden-esque galloping guitars. Like their spiritual cousins Orange Goblin, the brute force / blunt object approach of Viking Skull is a perfect antidote to fret-wank metal everywhere. If it turns out that Lemmy isn’t actually immortal and Motorhead ever retire, then we’ve found someone ably positioned to step up and take their mantle as Britain’s Baddest Bastards.

It's a party CD, with sleazy, catchy riffs in the vein of Motorhead. There's also a doom/sludge influence. Viking Skull has a lot of rough edges and the songs are simple, but extremely melodic and memorable. Doom Gloom Heartache & Whiskey may not change the world, but listening to it makes the world a lot more fun.

The spirit of Viking Skull's material lies alongside the likes of AC/DC, but particularly Motörhead's Rock 'N' Roll oriented ditties. Mostly, one staunch riff forms the weight of each specific track, and carries the number upon its respective shoulders throughout. Never pretentious or overcomplicated, the track structures prove altogether straightforward. A bluesy, dirtier sound, boasting working class ethics, is prevalent. Shamelessly sleazy, its simple philosophy upon life can be heard within pubs across the globe. Black Sabbath's doomier tones also surface. If you feel that both technicality and complication, within today's climate, are unnecessarily favoured over the paramount aim of penning a great track, then a friend could possibly dwell in the shape of Doom, Gloom, Heartache & Whiskey. Should you wish to sit down, relax, and sip a beverage along to material which fails to demand introspection from its listeners, then Doom, Gloom, Heartache, and Whiskey could possibly fill that void.