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VARG 

“The End of All Lies”

By Rusty Coffinnails

Varg is a German, Pagan, Viking themed band that is quite clear about not being fascist,racist or political. They were founded in about 2005 in Coburg  and stand on anti-fascist and anti-racist positions and deny any political ideologies in their music. The album is titled “The End of All Lies”. 
It contains 10 tracks, 9 of music and 1 spoken word.

We start off with the spoken word first. It is titled ‘The Great Dictator”. It is nothing more than Charlie Chaplin's final speech from the 1940 film “The Great Dictator”  It has some background instrumentals and seemed fitting for what they want to stand for. I figure they put this in to affirm their standing on racism,fascism etc. I do enjoy this part of the album and on a side note, this speech was posted by a very wise friend of mine just hours before I got this assignment.
 Well, moving on… the music seems to have a bit of everything in it from face melting speed riffs some Viking style singalongs such as “Einherjar”, which roughly means "Those that have died in battle and are brought to Valhalla by valkyries"  a touch of industrial metal , a bit of black metal and some goth style metal with female vocals on one of the songs. The band has gone through continuous changes in style and were originally pure pagan metal.

The album is far from "new stuff" but rather a blend of familiar sounds and styles set to a loose theme of rising up against oppression and fighting till the death and some other somewhat dark subjects. Track 7 “The Dance of Death” was the one that stood out the most to me. It had a bit of goth feel to it. Kinda reminded me of some of Cradle of Filth's work. Soothing female vocals blend along with the raspy growling voice of Philipp "Freki" Seiler.

At first spin I was not overly impressed with Varg but as time went on ,I grew to dig them. They have 2 versions of this album: one in German and the other in English. I gave the German one a good listen as well and wish I was fluent in the German language as I wonder what was lost in translation. All in all, it's good stuff and I give it my blessing.