Norse Law

Sweet Home Scandinavia (Latticesphere Records; www.norselaw.com)

Rancid, with Tiger Army and Roget Miret & the Disasters Agora Theatre, 5000 Euclid Avenue 7 p.m. Saturday, November 22, $16.50 advance, $18.50 day of show, 216-241-5555
Seldom do Lynyrd Skynyrd and Vanilla Ice get props in the liner notes to the same album. Rarer still is the pair of dudes that spit rhymes in guttural death-metal growls while sporting plastic Viking headdresses.

Norse Law's first national release sets precedents in both departments. Blending rapid-fire Euro-metal fretwork with strained grunts, Sweet Home Scandinavia is battle rap in the most literal sense. Black-metal keys and old-school basement beats congeal into a mash of funk and ferocity. "Rheingold" is epic, headbanging hip-hop, complete with a sample from Swedish power-metal meatballs Hammerfall; "Euronymous and Varg" is a frosty club banger with burping beats and scratches, undoubtedly the first rap anthem ever to pay tribute to the fatal feud between two black-metal forebears. Funny and fierce, Sweet Home Scandinavia splits sides and skulls.

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