Mongol – The Return
Reviewed: December, 2018
The Kings of Kanadian Karnage!- The Frozen North Rides Forth!
This feature is so good, I had to name it twice! About once a year I indulge my patriotism and review a bunch of Canadian Metal releases. There has been a whole pile of albums recently released in the past few months and I want to help bring some exposure to these bands. There are bands of all styles and all genres from across the country in this feature. The bands covered in this feature are… (listed alphabetically)
Anvil (Toronto, ON)
Apprentice (Vancouver, BC)
Arctic Circle (Brandon, Manitoba)
Assault (Vancouver, BC)
Black Rat (Calgary, AB)
Cauldron (Toronto, ON)
Codex:Factoria (Vancouver, BC)
Dethgod (Calgary, AB)
Fractal Cypher (Montreal,Quebec)
Haiduk (Calgary, AB)
Iomair (Scarborough, ON)
Ice War (Ottawa, ON)
Leah (Vancouver, BC)
Lee Aaron (Vancouver, BC)
Malacoda (Oakville, ON)
Mongol (Edmonton, AB)
Ominous Eclipse (Ottawa, ON)
Skullfist (Toronto, ON)
Solborn (Edmonton, AB)
Thor (Vancouver, BC)
Trollwar (Alma, PQ)
Untimely Demise (Saskatoon, SK)
W.M.D (Calgary, AB)
Ye Goat-Herd Gods (Calgary, AB)
Please enjoy all the albums in this feature and check out all the talent Canada has to offer!
It doesn’t seem like four years since CHOSEN BY TENGRI came out, perhaps it is because they are local they tend to be around more often. In the interim they issued a three song EP called WARRIOR SPIRIT, which was reviewed by our UK staff, and all those cuts made it onto this new, full-length.
Mongol , with their very epic brand of melodic, folk, inspired Metal has been raiding villages for almost ten years and someone has been paying attention because they are now signed to Sliptrick Records the American/European label with a handful of upcoming bands like Veonity and Scarlet Aura.
THE RETURN is a bit of a dull title for the album. With any number of historical references to choose from, why not emphasis that unique and interesting aspect of the band, and pick a cooler album name? Besides there are already a dozen bands who have an album called THE RETURN including Bathory! However, there is a reason for it later, which I will discuss later. It is not a big deal, the logo is awesome, the album cover is great and they deliver 45 minutes of fierce Metal.
The album sways between super catchy songs like ‘Riverchild’ and ‘Khan’ with hooks and big epic gang-vocal, sing along parts sure to translate very well into the live environment. Lyrically this is a concept album about ‘the return’ (get it?) of Genghis Khan to the modern world and what that might look like. An interesting idea to be sure, not just your average swords and sorcery fantasy!
Sonically, the production is even better than last time and you can really hear the injection of the traditional folk sounds. The multiple harsh and gruff voices add many great layers to this experience. I call it an experience, as the music is not designed to be released as a radio single in the traditional sense, although the cut ‘Dschingis Khan’ is so catchy it could be the single.
I’ve heard some fans complain about these ‘one issue’ bands that are really lyrically focused on one historical era, but if Nile can record eight albums (as of time of writing) about ancient Egypt, why can’t a killer band like Mongol write about Mongolia? The melodic Folk/Death field is pretty crowded but Mongol as as good as any I’ve heard in the field and THE RETURN is a fine example of their skill and passion.