For metal fans, it can be frustrating. How can such a diverse genre of music be largely undiscovered by so many? Occasionally you’ll bump into a Nu-Metal fan, or at least someone who can remember a few of the words to a Limp Bizkit song, but often the metaller’s musical existence is a lonely one. Viking metallers are an even less understood subgroup, but from a recent trawl on the internet, it seems that more people are wising up to the genre than you might think. Whether it’s games, books, or, of course, bands, it seems the internet is well and truly ready to embrace the excitement of Viking metal.
Vikings Go to Hell
Vikings Go to Hell is a brilliant slot game with a theme tune that, whilst not firmly in the Viking Metal genre, is certainly more than a subtle nod. The real draw of this game is the graphics; it’s clear to see that the team behind this did their research. If realistic helmets and plenty of facial hair are your things then it’s worth trying it out. At the moment there’s a sign-up bonus available for new players, so you can stretch your purse a little further. If you’re already in the know when it comes to online slots then you should find this game incredibly straightforward to pick up. For those who are complete beginners, there’s a little more to it, but you’re unlikely to find a game that you can pick up and play so quickly.
Vikings War of Clans
Caption: Building your Viking town from the ground up is a challenge, but the community on this MMORPG helps you find your feet quickly.
Whilst Vikings Go to Hell is a great slot game, if you’re looking for something a little more interactive then Vikings War of Clans is a brilliant option. This game is totally online and multiplayer, so not only can you play from your computer or your mobile, but you can also meet other Viking fans too. For your adventure in the game, you take the role of the Jarl of a Viking Town. In order to help your town to grow you’ll need to take control of all the standard Jarl stuff, like resource management, constructing homes and creating new Vikings. More excitingly though, you’ll need to build an army. It’s an in-depth game that will require at least an hour of your time to get the basics, but once you’ve got it, you won’t be able to put it down. The player base is really supportive of people who are new to the game, so you’ll have no trouble making friends who’ll help you find your feet.
The Vikings, by Allen Mawer
Want to find out where Amon Amarth get their inspiration from? Then dive into this reproduction of Allen Mawer’s ‘The Vikings’. This book was written back in 1913 and was considered the absolute authority at the time. A team from Cambridge University got together to adapt this book for the internet so that it is totally free to read for anyone. You can download it to your phone for reading later, open it in your browser, or if you really want to rack up a printing bill, print the whole thing out and bind it yourself. If you’re not big into historical accounts of even more historical events then you may find it heavy going, but for anyone with an interest in the true history of the Vikings, it will be a fascinating read.
Vikings, Norse Mythology & Nordic Metal Music
If you’d rather devote your time to learning about the roots of the music than the roots of the people who inspired it, then this book will be a much easier read. Focusing entirely on how Nordic Metal came about, this book delves into Norse mythology, as well as a ‘lite’ version of Viking history. It’ll give you all you need to know to be able to keep up with Viking Metal chat and it comes in the form of an ebook, audiobook, or paper back, so you’re genuinely spoilt for choice.