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VIKING - Do or Die (CD Reissue) $13.97 SALE PRICE

Label: Brutal Planet Records
Series: Metal Icon Series
Remastered By: Rob Colwell
Format: Jewel Case, 12-Panel Booklet
Tracks: 9 Original Tracks
Product ID BPCD1651
UPC: 637405148794

BAND LINEUP:

  • Ron Daniel: Vocals
  • Brett Eriksen: Guitar
  • James Lareau: Bass
  • Matt Jordan: Drums

KEY SELLING POINTS

  • Limited to just 500 CDs!
  • Originally released 1988, Metal Blade Records
  • Officially licensed 
  • 12-page booklets with band pics/lyrics, jewel case
  • Remastered by Rob Cowell (Coroner, Sacrifice, Believer, Nevermore)
  • Brett Eriksen, the guitarist for VIKING, went on to join Dark Angel.
  • After VIKING disbanded, drummer Gene Hoglan, who had a brief stint with VIKING, became a highly sought-after drummer and played with numerous bands, including Dark Angel, Death, Strapping Young Lad, Testament, and Dethklok.


ABOUT THE ALBUM
Originally formed in 1986, VIKING quickly became a significant force in the thrash metal scene, particularly in Los Angeles. Their debut album, "Do or Die," released in 1988 through Metal Blade Records, is a raw and aggressive thrash metal record that captures the intensity and energy of the genre during that era. This reissue, part of Brutal Planet Records' exclusive Metal Icon Series, has been meticulously remastered by Rob Colwell to enhance the album's sonic quality while preserving its original ferocity. The reissue features a 12-panel booklet filled with band photos, lyrics, and liner notes that provide a deeper insight into the band's early days and the making of "Do or Die," housed in a jewel case for both longtime fans and new listeners to fully appreciate the album's legacy. "Do or Die" remains a cornerstone of the LA thrash scene, alongside contemporaries such as Dark Angel, Hirax, Heretic, and EvilDead. The guitarist of VIKING, Bret Eriksen went on to join thrash legends, Dark Angel (1991, Time Does Not Heal), further cementing their impact on the genre. This reissue not only honors the original release but also celebrates the enduring legacy of VIKING, ensuring that their music continues to resonate with fans old and new. If you love thrash then you must buy "Do or Die" as it is a truly great thrash metal album. It is one of the most intense thrash metal albums you will hear - up there with Slayer, Exodus and Dark Angel, making this must-have for collectors!


TRACK LISTING

  1. Warlord
  2. Do or Die
  3. Burning From Within
  4. Berserker
  5. Iron Mask
  6. Valhalla
  7. Militia of Death
  8. Prelude/Scavenger
  9. Hellbound

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VIKING - MAN OF STRAW (CD, 2024, Brutal Planet) *Must-have 80's THRASH/SPEED Metal! $13.97 SALE PRICE

Label: Brutal Planet Records
Series: Metal Icon Series
Remastered By: Rob Colwell
Format: Jewel Case, 12-Panel Booklet
Tracks: 9 Original Tracks
Product ID BPCD1652
UPC: 637405148787

BAND LINEUP:

  • Ron Daniel: Vocals
  • Brett Eriksen: Guitar
  • James Lareau: Bass
  • Matt Jordan: Drums

KEY SELLING POINTS

  • Limited to just 500 CDs!
  • Originally released 1988, Metal Blade Records
  • Officially licensed 
  • 12-page booklets with band pics/lyrics, jewel case
  • Remastered by Rob Cowell (Coroner, Sacrifice, Believer, Nevermore)
  • Metal cover of Pat Benatar's classic hit "Hell Is For Children" featuring guest vocals by Ron Rhinehart (Dark Angel)
  • Brett Eriksen, the guitarist for VIKING, went on to join Death Angel.
  • After VIKING disbanded, drummer Gene Hoglan, who had a brief stint with VIKING, became a highly sought-after drummer and played with numerous bands, including Dark Angel, Death, Strapping Young Lad, Testament, and Dethklok.

Band Lineup:
Ron Daniel: Vocals
Brett Eriksen: Guitar
James Lareau: Bass
Gene Hoglan: Drums

ABOUT THE ALBUM

History:
Released in 1989, "Man of Straw" is VIKING's second album and represents a significant evolution in their sound and lyrical themes. This album showcased a more mature and polished sound compared to their debut, with complex song structures and improved production. The lineup featured the addition of renowned drummer Gene Hoglan, known for his work with Dark Angel and later Death and Strapping Young Lad, which brought a new level of technical proficiency to the band.

Remastering:
This edition of "Man of Straw" has been meticulously remastered by Rob Colwell to enhance the album's sonic quality while preserving its original intensity. The result is a powerful listening experience that remains true to VIKING's initial vision.

Packaging:
The reissue features a 12-panel booklet filled with band photos, lyrics, and liner notes that provide a deeper insight into the band's evolution and the making of "Man of Straw," housed in a jewel case for both longtime fans and new listeners to fully appreciate the album's legacy.

Legacy:
"Man of Straw" remains a pivotal album in VIKING's discography and the broader thrash metal scene. During the creation of this album, vocalist Ron Daniel experienced a significant personal transformation, embracing Christianity. This change is particularly evident on the track "The Trial," where the lyrics explore themes of judgment, morality, and redemption from a Christian perspective. Daniel's journey eventually led him to become a Christian minister, marking a unique chapter in the band's history. Brett Eriksen, guitarist of VIKING went on to join thrash legends, Dark Angel (1991, Time Does Not Heal), further cementing their impact on the genre.

"Man of Straw" stands alongside works from contemporaries such as Dark Angel, Hirax, and Sacred Reich, showcasing VIKING's technical prowess and thematic depth. This reissue not only honors the original release but also celebrates the enduring legacy of VIKING, ensuring that their music continues to resonate with fans old and new. Absolutely essential thrash metal for any serious or casual collector.  Man of Straw is THAT good in every possible way!


TRACK LISTING
1.       White Death    5:21
2        They Raped The Land    6:20
3        Twilight Fate    3:37
4        The Trial    3:39
5        Case Of The Stubborns    4:35
6        Winter    7:44
7        Hell Is For Children Featuring – Ron Rinehart (Dark Angel) 4:11
8        Creative Divorce    6:23
9        Man Of Straw    3:47

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