Pursuit Of Vikings


Back home from the rather good SubHumAns gig featuring lots of short sharp blasts of punk rock and not overly preachy. Plus it’s the first time I’ve seen local band Destination Venus for quite a considerable time. Now to look forward to Saturday’s entertainment. 

Formed in 1992 and taking their name from a volcano featured in Tolkien’s fictional Middle Earth sagas, these Tumba Viking obsessives play melodic death metal and are one of my many anomalous bands. 

Since I first encountered the band in Bradford in 1998 with Deicide and Brutal Truth, tomorrow will be the ninth time I’ve caught the band live – and I’m not really a fan of theirs! There’s no denying they are fantastic as a band and put on a show, but for some reason I tend to get bored of them quickly as they often musically they seem pretty bland and sound similar song after song. Controversial! 

They’ve graced the stage at four festivals I’ve attended, supported Carcass and Slayer in the past and in January of last year they undertook a UK tour where they played some intimate venues and when a band like this hits the boards in Stoke then of course a gig junkie has to go. 

Obviously my main reason for another trip to Birmingham is wholly to see Testament, but I’ll be able to catch fifty minutes of the Swedes before I have to head off for a train. Last week trying to get out of the city centre was like an episode of Wacky Races and I can do without that hassle so soon. My favourite track by the band is The Pursuit of Vikings, and as they open up with that I’m more than happy with departing early. 

The song is featured in the bands fifth album Fate of Norns released twelve years ago. Taken from Norse mythology a Norn were female deities who influenced the destiny of men and Gods, and in other cultures they are referred to as Fates.