So, after long deliberation and constant fretting over the well-being of my sanity, I decided to add an addition to my never-ending mullings on paper. Here follows, yet again, one more gem of knowledge.
Did you know - Vikings never really wore demon-horn-helms?
No, they didn't. And this is where I will begin.
How did we get those ideas of yore about raging beast of rape and plunder? Derived from the facts, but distorted by man's need to fantasize and elaborate on their imagination. That is where. Where else does the notion of a central god derive from, if not from our own infinite longing to make sense of our world?.
Man needs excitement. Villains and heroes. Dark, dangerous catacombs, haunted towers of bloodsucking monsters, grotesque beast, foul killers of savage delight, breeds of strange beings far removed from our own - liken to gods (had to bring in some Lovecraft). Spellbound stories fuel our want for the wondrous and the fantastic. So we create to survive what today is part of reality. A reality where one need to escape from.
In no more pronounce way does any other form of metal does this then Folk metal.
Folk and Viking metal, a joining of two worlds in one amazing concept. The sound of ancient rites being sung by warriors around camp fires, the sound of clashing swords and cries of vengeance, shouts of righteous retribution, the sound of love, loss and longing - as well as the sound of metal - grinding chords, growling vocals and ferocious drums. That is what Folk/Viking metal sound like. You can say they are metal's historians. They take pride in that title, living true to their name. Most of their songs are steeped in a past of what once was. They delve deep into the history, culture and the lives of those men and woman that lived in a time so far removed from our own. They decent to when there were still honor, pride and justice; when men were men and when sword and steel the deciding factor in one’s own well-being. Back to when people were still people, and not just another rat in a race.