Ymir's Blood are a band from Finland that plays a mixture of viking, doom and heavy metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Blood On The Ice" which was released by Archaic Sound.
A very old school and traditional metal sound starts off the album along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and the vocals are both aggressive yet melodic at the same time and you can also hear a great amount of melody in the guitar riffing and a good portion of the tracks are long and epic length.
You can hear a lot of influences from Viking era Bathory throughout the recording but mixed in with classic metal and traditional doom metal and the solos and leads that are utilized are very dark and melodic and some of the alter tracks also bring in melodic Viking chanting vocals that also gives the music more of a pagan atmosphere along with some other parts utilizing clean playing and folk instruments and a alter track also brings in a small amount of blast beats and black metal elements.
Ymir's Blood plays a style of viking metal that goes for more of a traditional doom and classic metal direction than most bands of t he genre and they create a style that is very melodic, heavy and epic, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Nordic Paganism themes.
In my opinion Ymir's Blood are a very great sounding mixture of viking, heavy and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sworn To The Sea" and "Witch beast". 8 out of 10.