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The Road Vikings
Requiem of an Outlaw Biker
Released: 2015, Sliptrick Records
Reviewer: Michael De Los Muertos
I had never heard of The Road Vikings before, much less heard any of their stuff, when I received this album. Not knowing what I was in for, I took a listen and was generally happy with what I heard. Requiem of an Outlaw Biker not an award-winner, but it’s well-written, catchy, excellently played, has its heart in the right place and generally delivers what you would expect from a biker band playing mostly thrash metal with a touch of a stoner vibe.
The album starts with “Black Magic Nights,” a chunky down-tempo number with some power and drive. Vocalist and guitarist Dan Bryant, who has played with Cacophony, carries this song (and most of the others) with a clean and sardonic-sounding tone. There’s a light-hearted vibe to the Vikings’ sound and a lot of it has to do with Bryant’s delivery. The band is also trying to have a sort of ‘80s biker-band sound, which they manage to pull off pretty well. I liked “Live to Ride” and especially “I Burn in Hell” the best from the album, although the energy is generally pretty consistent throughout. The latter song has probably the album’s catchiest tune and the chunkiest guitar chops. “The Road to Valhalla” has a surprisingly Manowar-ish character to it, especially lyrically, and it has probably the best guitar solo on the record. Bryant isn’t quite Eric Adams, but he actually comes surprisingly close. Manowar is no stranger to motorcycles and black leather, and The Road Vikings takes that influence a step farther. As a huge Manowar fan myself I definitely appreciate that influence.
Nothing about Requiem of an Outlaw Biker really tears your face off. A lot of it is mid-tempo and the band doesn’t seem to be trying to really work themselves into too much of a frenzy, but that works to their advantage here, I think. Lately I’ve been enjoying albums that don’t ask too much of you if you don’t ask too much of them. Some nice riffs, well-above-average vocals, a few melodies that will stick in your head, and a sincere attempt to give you a good listening experience is more than enough to satisfy me these days. I imagine a live show by this band would be a lot of fun and Dan Bryant clearly has some considerable talent. This album must be listened to with beer in hand for the full effect. Even if you’ve never sat on a motorcycle in your life and the ‘80s are history as ancient as Babylon I’m confident you’ll enjoy Requiem of an Outlaw Biker.
1. Black Magic Nights
3. Live to Ride
4. The Ballad of Evel Knievel
6. Full Moon
7. I Burn In Hell
8. Requiem of an Outlaw Biker
9. The Road to Valhalla
11. Zero Tolerance
Dan Bryant – vocals, lead guitar
Brian Rountree – rhythm guitar
Lisa Tonra – bass guitar
Dave Dab – drums
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