The Echo Chamber – Vikings From the Future

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If I had a black leather jet pack complete with whiskey dispenser, metal studs and an electric guitar, Vikings from the Future would play from its speakers. Vikings is a little bit of everything in the rock vein, with a fair share of nuance – think Led Zeppelin mixed with Tool, then throw in a Beat poet for kicks. The freshman release from this Fort Collins prog rock quartet isn’t forging new territory by blending electronic programming and rock, but they do it expertly. The delay, distortion and programming they choose to use only aid them in creating searing riffs and emotionally varied tonalities. “Ramparts” is the award-winning, fist-pumping song on Vikings, showcasing driving lines of echoed bass and guitar riffs that build into a “Hell, yes!” frenzy, but the other tracks aren’t far behind.

–Molly McCowan