Try to pronounce that: “Hjørungavågr”. Unless you are a Viking mythology master or from Iceland, you’re more than likely not going to know how to pronounce it. Regardless, Utstøtt’s epic viking metal will make you feel like you are already wearing battle gear and strapped with a sword and shield. Hjørungavågr is the follow up to 2013′s EP “Legender Odin” and that release blew me away and I listened to it over and over. The free release was new to me at the time, as I was not used to free music via Bandcamp quite yet and then I was lucky enough to obtain the cassette, which earned even more play time since my truck had a tape deck in it. Themed around the Norse naval battle of Hjørungavågr, the album follows the battle up to a pagan warrior’s death, followed by his journey through Freyja’s realm of Folkvangr. Thus giving us the plot, lore and music of the album and it’s a mighty big journey of music.