Intro to Danish Metal: Part 4

As this series draws to a close, I’m finding myself swamped with an increasing number of band suggestions and annoyingly short on time. However, I don’t want to let that get in the way of showing you guys some absolutely stellar Danish metal. I promised I would include all the great bands that were sent to me, and since I am a creature of my word, I’ve set aside some time to write a longer post in order to compensate for the growing number of suggestions I’ve been receiving. Today’s post will include 10 fantastic Danish bands, encompassing a multitude of different sub-genres, from cities all over that lovely country that stands with broad beaches.

Let’s jump right in…

Iron Fire

Formerly known by the names Misery and Decades of Darkness, Iron Fire is a band that first saw the light of day around 1995, when the group of 4 from Copenhagen got together to perform covers. However, the chemistry was there, and 1998 saw the release of their first self titled demo. Iron Fire is a band that’s still going strong today, and in fact, 2016 has already seen the release of their newest full length album: Among the Dead. Though the band has undergone several lineup changes, they are still out there making glorious power metal.

Iron Fire website

Disintegrated

From both Haderslev and Aarhus, Disintegrated is a death metal band formed in 2007. Though they are currently unsigned, they’ve released a demo, an EP and- their latest work- a full length album entitled Carnal Decay of Life which was released back in 2011. Check out their Bandcamp page!

Vanir

Hailing from one of the oldest and most interesting cities in Denmark: Roskilde, Vanir are a band formed in 2009 who enjoy writing songs about vikings, drinking and other distinctly Nordic things. Based on that knowledge, it should come as no surprise that they’re a folk metal band. Their discography includes 1 demo, 3 singles and 4 LPs, the most recent of which being 2016’s Aldar Rök.

Vanir on Mighty Music’s site

Anubis Gate

Anubis Gate are a band birthed in Aalborg in 2001. They play progressive metal with a heavy basis in power metal and were originally formed under the name Seven Powers. The most recent of their 6 full length albums is entitled Horizons and was released in 2014.

Anubis Gate’s website

Royal Hunt

If you enjoy melodic progressive metal about science fiction and the human condition, definitely give Copenhagen’s Royal Hunt a try. This group has existed continuously since 1989 and they definitely have quite the lengthy discography. Seriously man, check out this screenshot from the metal archives if you’re skeptical.

REEEEEEEEEEE

Whew… Though this is the second longest discography I’ll be looking through for this post. Signed by Frontiers Records, the quartet released their latest studio album, Devil’s Dozen, in 2015; followed by a live album entitled Cargo in 2016.

Royal Hunt website

Mercenary

Formed in 1991 in Aalborg, Mercenary is a melodic death metal band comprised of four members. They are currently active and will be headlining a tour of Spain and Portugal in October:

2013’s Through our Darkest Days is their latest release, and they have an official website so be sure to take a look.

Fetus in Fetu

If you didn’t already guess based on the fact that their band name contains the word fetus, these guys are a death metal band. It is nor currently known whether or not they are active. The Aalborg based trio has only one release: 2011’s Abnormal Disfigurement. They were formed in 1998 under the name Frantana, though they underwent a name change in 2002 and have not changed it since. I could’d find their Bandcamp, but here’s their Myspace (Yup… That still exists).

Pretty Maids

Formed in 1981 in Horsens, this five piece heavy metal band is the second band I’ve written about tonight with an impressively long discography. I couldn’t even get it all in one screenshot. Their latest LP came out in 2014 and was called Louder Than Ever, though their albums Sin-Decade and Spooked both received Danish Grammy awards.

Pretty Maids’ official website

CrossFall

CrossFall was formed in 2003 in Nykøbing Falster under the name Reek. Their name was changed to Crossfall in 2005. This death metal quintet is unfortunately now split up. Their career was short lived, and they released only 3 demos in the years 2003, 2007 and 2010. Their lyrics were written in Danish (which I always love to see) but unlike the stereotypical death metal band, their lyrics are quite powerful and insightful- albeit with a healthy dose of gore.

CrossFall Facebook page

Plöw

From Aarhus, Plöw are a stoner doom band “with a pissed off sludgy attitude”. They have released two EPs and one LP so far and are definitely looking at a bright future in Denmark’s metal scene. The quartet was formed in 2009 and released their first full length album, No Highness Below the Crown, in 2013 (it’s available on vinyl for those of you who would want to know).

Plöw’s Bandcamp

Thanks for reading the second last post in my series. Tomorrow will be a special grand finale edition, so the format will be a little different. I’m looking forward to it quite a bit. It should be said that many more amazing Danish bands are out there to listen to, and I encourage you all to go out and explore Danmark’s (not a typo) outstanding metal scene. I promise you will be pleasantly surprised.

Though the Danes often stand in the musical shadow of their Scandinavian counterparts, if you are willing to look, you’ll see just how much this beautiful country has to offer. Skål!

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