ALLEGIANCE "Complete Album Anthology" [12" 3-LP, Black Vinyl]
2020 - Black Metal from Sweden
Remastered by Devo Andersson, Endarker Studios. ALLEGIANCE hailed from Sweden, and formed in that fateful year of 1989. In the band's earliest days, they performed more straightforward trash/death metal of the day; by their fourth demo, 1993's Odin age er alle, they'd begin to blacken their sound and also shift the lyrical focus toward more pagan matters. The H-vfdingadrapa demo a year later solidified this shift, and its three songs would be re-recorded for the band's debut album, Hymn till hangagud, released was originally released back in 1996. From there, ALLEGIANCE would go on to release two more albums, 1997's Blod-rnsoffer and 1999's Vrede, both of which made the Swedes a cult band, if not one often sorely overlooked. Nevertheless, ALLEGIANCE possessed a trio of powerful albums that married the muscle of death metal with the bite of black metal, but crucially maintained a devoutly pagan aspect. We can simply revel in the band's bulletproof catalog and celebrate them for being cool, Viking-oriented contemporaries of Dissection, Necrophobic, Sacramentum, and Sweden's Dawn - indeed, seepia-toned nostalgia for the mid/late '90s. While many knew ALLEGIANCE as the "other band" of Marduk drummer Fredrik Andersson and bass player Bogge Svensson during their most pivotal period, we sincerely hope that, 20 years after the band's final recording, they'll be rediscovered by new generations hungry for the ultimate truth in the history of the '90s black/death underground.