Drakkar was not formed last week. This quartet from Mons was formed way back in 1983. Over the years, several line-up changes slowed down the course to thrash metal superstardom, including a drummer who became a full time Pro Pain member. Now, with 'Diabolical Empathy' they hope to finally seize Europe and the world.
After one of the strangest, scariest and most intense intros I have ever heard, this album blasts of with the fierce 'Rose Hall's Great House'. Thrash metal and speed metal beautifully go hand in hand here, and on many of the other songs too. In that aspect, 'The Witches Dance' is a mind boggling highlight. This song also adds a hint of folk metal to the mix, something I can really appreciate. Helloween meets Korpiklaani, something like that.
That being said, while some of these tracks stand out in sheer speed, others showcase a great flair for melody and epicness. 'Stigmata' is a good example of that. 'Plague Or Cholera' drives on some brutal death metal riffs and a hint of hardcore. But even then, the heroic approach of heavy metal is never far a way. Manowar surely has inspired these guys, and they have turned that inspiration into something far greater.
In all, this album is a blast and an intense compagnion for a headbanging workout session. These songs are inspired by the horrors of mankind, the evil that we do. Thirteen smashers, perfectly executed, well varied and well written. As a thrash metal fan, this one definitely earns a spot in your collection. Like I said, we're great thrashers, regardless of which side of the language border you are.