After forming in late 2011, the band quickly amassed a strong fan base amongst classic metal fans on the local circuit in Ireland. Their full length debut 'Death Of A Hero' recorded in Parlour Studios, England and was released in August 2012.
METAL RULES http://www.metal-rules.com/review/viewreview.php?band=Bakken&album=Death+Of+A+Hero
"Every so often an unsigned band comes along that blows me away and Bakken is such a band...DEATH OF A HERO is an amazing debut from a band that fully deserves recognition from a major label " 4/5
APOCH METAL http://apochs.net/2/bakken-deathofahero/
"Bakken easily destroys all your expectations of modern bands playing vintage metal with just one spin through" 10/10
METAL IRELAND http://www.metalireland.com/2012/10/10/bakken-ni-death-of-a-hero/
"Immensely satisfying to listen to, full of power and melody, genuinely stirring – I cant really compliment it highly enough. It’s an Irish album you can’t afford not to own, and a veritable standard bearer for the quality of traditional, uncomplicated metal here. It absolutely slaughters bands older and more versed than them, even in this time-worn style." 4.4/5
HARVEST MOON http://www.harvestmoonmusic.com/2012/06/indie-spotlight-bakken.html
"Bakken exhibit not only considerable talent with their respective instruments, but also a solid understanding of how to craft a quality song. The music posted by the band thus far possesses all the qualities that made bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and (early) Metallica so successful - complex yet melodic riffs, crisp vocals with interesting backing harmonies, sleek solos, and an energetic rhythm section that is active and forward in the mix"...
METAL TO INFINITY http://metaltoinfinity.be/CDREVIEWS/Bakken_Deathofahero.html
"Bakken breathes 100% pure Metal" 84/100
MAYFAIR MALL http://www.themayfairmallzine.com/
"I can’t rate this band highly enough. If there’s any justice in the world, this band will rock the world!"
THE POWER OF THE RIFF COMPELS YOU http://thepoweroftheriff.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/bakken-death-of-herom.html
"Is it the energy and pure metallic riffage on offer that set my metal heart a flame when I first heard this album, that may be one reason why I think this band are great but what sets them apart is the songwriting. Riff after riff is nothing without a good sense of song structure and dynamics and his band possess it all in spades.... It's debuts like this that will be spoken about by Metalheads for decades to come."
EYES FROM THE MOSHPIT http://eyesfromthemoshpit.com/review-bakken-deathofahero.php
"If you love your metal you will love this new album." 7/10
ARTE METAL http://blogartemetal.blogspot.com.br/2013/07/bakken-death-of-hero-2012-independente.html
"A work that deserves attention, especially for those who like quality metal. " 8.5/10
METAL ALBUM REVIEWS http://artemortificareviews.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/bakken-death-of-hero.html
"Another great album has just thundered through my speakers....I recommend this album for Heavy Metal lovers from several genres, you'll find something to like in each song."
METAL WAVE http://www.metalwave.it/viewrece.php?id=5122
"recommended to fans of power, or melodic speed metal"
BEHIND THE VEIL http://www.behindtheveil.hostingsiteforfree.com/index.php/reviews/new-albums/1356-bakken--death-of-a-hero "All in all, “Death of a Hero” is a heavy/power metal release that has variety, it has complex and yet straight to the point compositions and above all captures the passion and the dynamics of a newcomer that has the talent to achieve big things in the future" 7.5/10
"If you’re looking for a band with an album that’s going to reignite your passion for straight up heavy metal then look no further, Bakken are here and ready to take over."
"this is a good example of how to make heavy metal... straight to the point and really good" 5/7
THE GREAT NORTHERN BLOGKILL http://thegreatnorthernblogkill.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/bakken-to-the-future-reviewing-bakken/
"These guys know how to put a great song together. The musicianship on offer here is also of a tremendous standard...All in all the 8 songs on Bakken’s debut ‘Death Of A Hero‘ are a pleasure to listen to" 4/5
UNDERGROUND ZINE http://undergroundmusickzine.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/bakkendeath-of-hero2012-cd-review.html
"In my opinion Bakken are a very great sounding hybrid of traditional, power, NWOBHM and thrash metal"
It was #5 in the list of best albums of 2012 on Harvest Moon and #15 in Metal Rules
www.metal-rules.com/metalnews/2013/01/16/best-os-2012-erich - See more at: http://bakkenband.com/news/post/death-of-a-hero-in-the-end-of-2012-charts#sthash.6id8JUAe.dpuf