I will admit to having seen them live a few times myself. I also approved.
I like how the Vikings have that map and are moving counters around on it; I'd like to see someone use a medieval map to navigate. "OK, we'll just go around this perfectly circular island here, then it's only a quick shot up to the earthly Jerusalem."
Modern reconstructions have shown that the Vikings had no concept of vocal melody and could only use the simplest rhyme schemes, so points for historical accuracy.
I liked the way they were sat around that table trying to look like they were planning a military campaign, but ended up looking as if they were planning a Dungeons and Dragons campaign.
Just the other day I was reading a book by ex-Python Terry Jones (I'm such a serious scholar) which remarked in passing how things like the Hereford cathedral mappa mundi were intended more for ornament than navigation, so I suppose I should have spotted that one.
I assume that the synchronised headbanging is an authentic Viking practice.
They're not planning a military campaign, but a daring voyage into the unknown (ie Ukraine). But yeah, they do look like it's D&D time, don't they? Bless their little hearts. bottled_cat
actually wrote a paper on the use of early medieval Scandinavian imagery in heavy metal. In fact, I think I have the book.
The singer looks like a hairier version of James Hetfield, circa 1991! :-D