"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 1986
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Viking News

Below is our complete Viking news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Viking Posts Preview Clip For New Album

Reunited California metal act Viking posted a preview clip, which featuring one minute clips for all tracks on the upcoming new studio release "No Child Left Behind," the band's third album. This represents the first new material from the band in 26 years and will be issued independently on March 4, 2015.

Original members Matt Jordan (drums) and Ron Eriksen (guitar/vocals) are joined by Dark Angel bassist Mike Gonzalez, who was with the band when they reunited in 2011.

The track list for the album is:

1. 9:02 on Flight 182
2. By the Brundlefly
3. Blood Eagle
4. Debt to Me
5. An Ideal Opportunity
6. Eaten by a Bear
7. Wretched Old Mildred
8. A Thousand Reasons I Hate You
9. Helen Behind the Door
10. Burning from Within More...

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Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse Lineup Announced

The Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse 2013 will take place in Chicago this coming May 3rd and 4th. The full lineup has now been revealed and is available below. The organizers of the festival also commented:

"Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse is the premier true metal festival in North America - keeping underground metal alive in the states. They've quickly gained an infamous reputation across the world by featuring many legendary bands all at one event.

"Some Ragnarokkr veterans include the reunion of Brocas Helm, the German power metal masters Wizard for their only USA show, Helstar for the first time in the Midwest in over 2 decades, Voltax for their first USA appearance, Obsession featuring Michael Vescera, and the epic Virgin Steele. 2013 will be the best year yet! For more details, visit this location."

Rock Club Stage

Oz (Sweden, first USA show)
Tyrant’s Reign (back after 7 yrs)
Sleepy Hollow
Ashbury (first metal show)
Eldritch (Italy)
Shok Paris
Split Heaven (Mexico, first USA show)
October 31
Blood Feast
Earthen More...

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Re-Formed Viking Posts Rough Mix Tracks For New LP

Los Angeles based thrashers Viking, who re-united last year, posted up some pre-release rough mix tracks from the forthcoming album "No Child Left Behind." No release date or label was announced as of yet, but the band features original members Ron Eriksen (vocals/guitar), Matt Jordan (drums) as well as ex-Dark Angel bassist Mike Gonzalez.

Viking was best known for its two and only Metal Blade Records releases "Do or Die" (1988) and "Man of Straw" (1989).

Check out new track "An Ideal Opportunity" here:

Check out new track "9:02 on Flight 182" here: More...

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Viking's Classic "Man Of Straw" To Be Re-Released

Lost and Found Records USA has announced official licensed CD reissue of the extremely rare speed/thrash metal classic, VIKING's "Man of Straw." Originally released in 1989 on Metal Blade Records, this fully licensed CD release will be fully remastered, and contain rare and never-before-heard bonus tracks.

Founded in the spring of 1986 in Los Angeles, VIKING released two full length albums on the Metal Blade label, with "Man of Straw" being the second and final release after disbanding in 1990. "Man of Straw" has been hailed as one of the most rare and hard to find speed/thrash metal albums by collectors. Release date is set for late June/early July 2006.

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