Aherusia’s second album was my most anticipated work for the last years! This Greek folk pagan black metal band was formed back in 1997 by Voreas Faethon and a complete different line-up. During this first period of their life they played many gigs in the Aegean islands and in 1999 they released the rare and hard to find EP “Whispers of Moon“. In 2000, they decided to take a long break, until 2004 when they were reborn with many line-up changes. In 2009 they finally released their impressive debut album “And the Tides Shall Reveal the Traces“, the best Greek folk black metal album ever, by far! Many live shows around every corner of Greece followed and the band was working hard on its second work! Finally “As I Cross the Seas of My Soul” was released by the Greek label Bowel of Noise on the mid of June 2013.
Many things have changed, but the essence of their music is still the same, continuing the very characteristic and personal sound of their debut. The basic difference in ”As I Cross the Seas of My Soul” is the huge improvement in the production! Read more →
“Fragments – A Mythological Excavation” is a joint effort by Helrunar and Arstidir Lifsins with one respective song of epic length by each band, recorded exclusively for their collaboration. As the title of this release (overall duration: 35 minutes) already suggests, both groups delve into mythological topics: Helrunar’s “Οίνος προ του Πολυφήμου – Wein für Polyphem” draws from Homer’s “Odyssey” while Arstidir Lifsins’ “Vindsvalarmál” taps into the sources of Old Norse mythology. What in the end unifies both songs musically as well as lyrically are their monumental character and apocalyptic undertone which is manifest to the elemental force of those mythological ideas – a power reanimated by “Fragments“. The album will be co-released by Prophecy Productions and Ván Records in a 2CD digipak edition limited to 1.000 copies and in gatefold LP with Read more →
Coming from the other edge of the globe, Advent Sorrow is a symphonic black death metal band that will most probably amaze you! This six-piece group was formed in Perth of Western Australia in 2010 and last year they self-released their debut work, the impressive EP “Before the Dimming Light“. In the end of 2012 they also released the split internet single ”Ravens and Blood” with the Serbian epic black metal band Númenor.
“Before the Dimming Light“ contains 5 songs of brilliant symphonic blackened death metal, with very professional production and wonderful sound! It is a concept album about the inner thoughts of a murderous lunatic and the story of each song tries to explore different aspects of his delusional mind. Read more →
Swiss epic folk metallers Caladmor are completing their second full-length album “Of Stones and Stars“. It will be self-released by the band in August 2013, continuing the course taken with their first album “Midwinter“, which was released in 2010 by the German label Twilight Vertrieb. In both releases, the band was supported by brilliant guest musicians such as Chrigel Glanzmann (Eluveitie), Päde Kistler (Eluveitie) and Joel Gilardini (The Land of the Snow, Lunatic Fringe and Mulo Muto). They also use multiple languages, since their lyrics are in English, German, Middle High German and Old Norse! The meaning of the name “dark light” is a significant paradox marking the music of Caladmor: Epic tunes creating epic wideness, thundering guitar riffs and stirring melodies meet the vocals of Babs and drummer Maede, Read more →
Their name might be of German origin, but Schwarzwald is actually a Spanish folk metal band from Tenerife. Their guitarist, vocalist and composer Satur, originally started them as a personal project in 2005, releasing the demo “Journey Through the Night“. Officially though, as a complete seven piece band, they were formed in 2010 and soon enough they played in several local festivals and gigs. After some line-up changes, there are now six members in the band and with this line-up they released their demo “Welcome to Trolland” on December 2012.
The demo is quite short and its 5 songs last for a little over 16 minutes. The band plays folk metal with a very cheerful, happy mood. There is a drinking humorous approach in their music and even if they don’t offer something new, time passes very pleasantly with this work. Read more →
After three years of utter silence, German black metal band Horn finally announce its new album. “Konflikt” marks the 10 year anniversary of Horn. The solo project’s sixth studio album focuses on the essence of conflict and follows several episodes of Europe-related territorial and ethical disputes throughout the last centuries. The album, comprising 7 ideas on the relation of man, passion and war, is presented in five (six) European languages (German, New Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish, Dutch and Bokmål) related to the respective topics. “Konflikt” features a vast variety of musical styles, ranging from classical fast-paced Black Metal, through choral pieces, fanfare-styled hymns and serious folkloristic elements in the vein of Read more →
Australian melodic black metallers Atra Vetosus have recently released their debut album. They come from Tasmania and they were formed in 2011 as a two-member band by Josh “Slikver” Young (also in Astral Winter) and Thorodan. In the end of the same year they released the demo “A Palace Shrouded in Emptiness” via Immortal Frost Productions. After that, they got a full line-up and Josh Young started composing the band’s debut album. Finally on March 2013 “Voices from the Eternal Night” was released by the same label, Immortal Frost.
Atra Vetosus play melodic black metal and unlike most bands of the genre, their melodies are based on the guitars, which have a very sharp sound. In combination with their raw extreme screaming vocals, the band creates a really “acid” result for your ears! Read more →