Released: 2009, Pure Steel Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Need a wildly rockin´ and thrashing ´party band´ from Norway for heavy drinking sessions and for many other liquid-oozing Saturday nights? Hjallarhorn could work out just as that. Their label wants to label them as a heavy/thrash band, but I think there´s a little bit more in them than just that. Add some relentless, rock-driven riffing ála Motörhead in, and spice it all with a crazy punk-ish attitude - and you pretty much have Hjallarhorn.
Prior to their debut album, IRON CLAD SOLDIERS, the band had released 3 demos and managed to create quite a big buzz around them, especially in their hometown Oslo. I can clearly imagine myself at one of their gigs, holding a beer can, a bit drunk and squeezing the ass of some unknown woman in front of me while trying to watch their gig, not giving a shit whether she was there with her so wonderful boyfriend or not. A ´party-like´ metal music can sometimes do the strangest of things to humans, uh!
IRON CLAD SOLDIERS, with its 9 rockin´ and thrashin´ metal songs, is quite a lot of fun to listen to. Pure, honest and straight rocking metal, that isn´t even meant to excite any bigger thoughts or deeper analysis in anyone´s head. It´s good and friendly violent fun that puts the smile back to your face (even a twisted one) and gives you a handful of excuses to do some crazy things in your life that you would never even consider doing (oh shit, that fuckin´ lady hit me really hard, like a man actually. Let me suffer now, uh-yeah!).
So, throw your brains out from the window and start cranking up some Hjallarhorn stuff - preferably with loud, neighbor-disturbing volumes, and let´s see where it all may lead to eventually, ok? ;o)