German epic pagan folk metallers Black Messiah have just released the official video for the song “Wildsau” taken from the album “Heimweh“, released on November 29th, 2013 via AFM Records.
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Genre: Epic Black Metal
Label: Furias Records - Orion Music Entertainment
Two years after their previous work, Bulgarian epic fantasy black metallers Shambless are back with their 4th full-length album. Shambless is the personal project of Arvelss Elfaros, who formed them back in 1997 and released two full-length albums “Omnipotentia” in 2003 and “Apkas Itulia” in 2004. After a seven-year absence, the band returned with its third album “Menra Eneidalen” in 2011. They seem to be back for good now, since on August 2013 they released their new album “Irke Ranefas“, this time via the Argentinian label Furias Records – Orion Music Entertainment. Arvelss has once again composed all music, written all lyrics, played synths, drums and did the vocals, while guitars and bass are played by Nick. Read more
Canadian folk metallers Scythia will release a brand new, third full-length album in early 2014, entitled “…Of Conquest“. The new album blends musical influences from the likes of progressive and power metal, to folk and melodic death metal. “…Of Conquest” is engineered and produced by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Halcyon Way, Svarsot) at LSD Studios in Lubeck, Germany, with co-production by Shaun Thingvold (Strapping Young Lad, Lamb of God, Fear Factory). The album is mixed by Nino Laurenne (Ensiferum, Wintersun, Kiuas, Firewind) at Sonic Pump Studios on Helsinki, Finland. Mastering credits go to Svante Forsback (Rammstein, Firewind, Korpiklaani, Apocalyptica) at Chartmakers in Helsinki, Finland. Scythia have revealed the album tracklist, cover artwork and the official music video for “Bear Claw Tavern” from their upcoming album, which you can watch below.
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Genre: Folk Black Metal Viking Metal
Label: Self Released
Myrkvedr is a new Viking folk metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. They were formed in 2010 with the intention to mix extreme metal with folk tunes and traditional instruments, influenced by Viking mythology. In 2011 the band released its 5-track demo “Tryms Kväde” and made several gigs around Sweden. Finally on November 2013 they self-released their debut full-length album “Sons of Muspell“. Read more
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Label: Deleting Soul Records
Russian atmospheric black metal band Чёрные Озёра (Chernye Ozera = Black Lakes) has just released its newest work “Хандра“, which means “Blue“. The band was formed in 2008 and had many releases all these years, including 5 full-length albums, most of them in CD-R editions, 2 EPs and 3 split albums. In its first works the band had a more underground raw pagan black metal approach in their music. “Хандра” is the sixth full-length album of Чёрные Озёра and it is released by Deleting Souls Records, another Nihil Art Records division. Read more
Ukrainian pagan black metallers Гетьман (Hetman) will release their second album “Матiр” via Sublimity Records. The exact date isn’t announced yet, but it will be out the later on February 2014, limited to 125 copies only. “Матiр” is dedicated to the most valuable thing in everyone’s life – his mother. The album consists of eight songs, with big contrasts between them, both in music and in poetic terms. Six of these songs are based on poems of famous Ukrainian writers, whose contribution to Ukrainian literature and culture can not be overstated. It is a musically rich album with “difficult” compositions, that will be appreciated by fans of various styles of “heavy metal”. Total play time is almost one hour and Гетьман have revealed the album tracklist and cover artwork.
1. Ти – Українець
2. Навпроти Тьми, Неволі, Горя… Read more
Belarusian atmospheric pagan black metal band Vietah from Gomel has announced the release of its 3rd full-length album “Tajemstvy Noczy / Sacraments of Night”. The album left the studio at the Winter of 2012 – 2013, but it will be officially released in the beginning of 2014 via the Russian label Stygian Crypt Productions. “Tajemstvy Noczy” is a forest autumnal night in a musical embodiment through atmospheric black metal prism in a context of Vietah. It has duration of more than 40 minutes, broken off on four pieces placed in four dimensions. Four alternative realities, embodied in four dark fantasies, are based upon four twilight mirrors under four manifestations. On four levels of the depth, four shades of blackness stiffened in four grins of expectation. 4 tracks of disturbing night atmosphere brought from the dense autumnal forests. Night Forest’s Sacraments happen only once and repeat never more…
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A new Russian pagan folk metal band comes from the town on Irkutsk of Southern Siberia. Рогатый КолоколЪ (Horned Bell) were never heard outside the borders of the taiga biome, until the 20th of December 2013, when SoundAge Productions will release their debut album “Небыль“. Their music is brutal, wild and barbarous shredding, combined with authentic spiritual folk melodies. Their lyrics are based on traditional Slavic folklore and sad contemporary reality. It’s full of calm distinct awareness, focused at the junction of theology, blasphemy and psychedelia. Рогатый КолоколЪ have already revealed album tracklist and cover artwork.
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2. Во Еловомъ Сумраке
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