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VIKING / Press

“VIKING Announce First Shows In 20 Years Los Angeles-based thrash metallers VIKING have announced their first shows in over 20 years. Founded in the spring of 1986 in Los Angeles, Viking released two full-length albums, 1987's Do Or Die and 1989's Man Of Straw. Long hailed as one of the most rare and hard to find speed/thrash metal albums by collectors, Man Of Straw was re-released in 2006 via Lost And Found Records. This fully licensed CD release was remastered and contained rare and never-before-heard bonus tracks. In early 2011, Ron Daniel (guitar, vocals) and Matt Jordan (drums) resurrected Viking after a 20-year hiatus. Ron recruited former DARK ANGEL members Gene Hoglan and Michael Gonzalez to record Viking's first release in over 20 years. Viking is: original member Ron Daniel Eriksen on vocals/guitar, Michael Gonzalez (Dark Angel) on bass, and Justin Zych (ARGONAUT, VINDICATOR) on lead guitar.”

“..."White Death" begins with an epic mosh sequence, reminiscent of something Anthrax might write, and it evolves into a Destruction-like, rolling rhythm which makes it one of the most memorable pieces on the album. "They Raped the Land" follows a similar pattern, and "Twilight Fate" offers yet another big mosh/crunch sequence, though it quickly morphs into a faster, thrashing gait... - - - ...the production is far superior, with a great clear guitar tone that sounds good even after a few decades... - - - - ...They still sounded close enough to their peers (Dark Angel, Slayer, Sadus, Hexx, etc) to create a nice overlap of fans, but not too much like any one single band that you'd consider them derivative...”

“Legendary drummer Gene "The Atomic Clock" Hoglan (DARK ANGEL, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, FEAR FACTORY, DETHKLOK) has laid down the drum tracks on the long-awaited comeback album from Los Angeles thrashers VIKING, entitled "No Child Left Behind". Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "9:02 On Flight 182", "An Ideal Opportunity", "Debt To Me", "Helen Behind The Door", "A Thousand Reasons I Hate You" and "Wretched Old Mildred"... - - - - - ...Long hailed as one of the most rare and hard to find speed/thrash metal albums by collectors, "Man Of Straw" was re-released in 2006 via Lost And Found Records. This fully licensed CD release was remastered and contained rare and never-before-heard bonus tracks.”