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BLUT AUS NORD – Memoria Vetusta II: Dialogue With the Stars

BLUT AUS NORD – Memoria Vetusta II

This is the seventh full-length album from Blut Aus Nord. It’s a fact that you can never expect what you will listen to, when you get a new album by this French band. This time though, the title prepares us for something closer to their roots, since “Memoria Vetusta I: Fathers of the Icy Age” was the band’s second album back in 1996!

Indeed, this album is closer to the band’s most majestic past, but it’s much more than this: Read more…

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IRON WOODS – The Journey to the Paganism

IRON WOODS – The Journey to the Paganism

Iron Woods is a pagan black metal band coming from the faraway Brazil! They were formed in 2001 and released their debut “Ancient Faith” in 2004. This Brazilian trio worked for some years in order to release their second album “The Journey to the Paganism” in the end of 2008.

Like in their debut, their respect and love to Bathory is obvious once again. This time though the band has made many steps forward. Pagan black metal riffing and screaming Read more…

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BLACK MESSIAH – First War of the World

BLACK MESSIAH – First War of the World

The time for the fourth full-length album of the symphonic black folk Viking metal band Black Messiah has come. Their new album “First War of the World” will be released once again by AFM Records on 20th of March 2009. The Germans are active since 1992, while their debut album “Sceptre of Black Knowledge” was released on 1998. After that, they took a big break and they returned on 2005 with “Oath of a Warrior” and on 2006 with “Of Read more…

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FIMBULTYR – Gryende Tidevarv

FIMBULTYR - Gryende Tidevarv

Fimbultyr is a new band coming from Sweden playing black / death Viking metal. Formed in 2005 they released the demo “Ändlösa Frågor” in 2006, whose most songs are rerecorded and put together with new ones for their debut “Gryende Tidevarv” just released by Unexploded Records.

They play typical Viking black metal with many epic death metal elements too. They have a very powerful sound and production, where guitars and black/death vocals have the leading role. There are also many Read more…

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ELDRIG – Mysterion

ELDRIG – Mysterion

Eldrig is the personal project of Eldrig, who has also another band Fanisk. He comes from the United States and his music is deeply inspired by Nietzsche and other philosophers. “Mysterion” is his third full-length album, released by Supernal Music.

Eldrig have a very personal sound, that cannot be compared to another band. It’s symphonic, almost orchestral, very melodic black metal. There are a few vocals though, but most of the time they are in the very background and you Read more…

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INCHIUVATU – Miseria

INCHIUVATU – Miseria

Inchiuvatu is a very special and very unknown band of the underground Italian scene. They were formed in 1993 by Agghiastru who is one of the pioneers of the “Mediterranean Scene”. This scene consists of a bunch of bands coming from Sciacca in Sicily, who want to offer something new with their music, using ancient Sicilian dialect and legends of the Mediterranean area…

Agghiastru is the mastermind behind Inchuviatu, a band that has already released 5 full-length albums. At Read more…

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MENHIR – Hildebrandslied

MENHIR – Hildebrandslied

Can Thuringian pagan metal get better than this? I honestly believe not! But then again, I thought the same when “Ziuwari” was out in 2001. After 6 years of silence Menhir are back with their epitome of Thuringian pagan metal (melodic pagan black metal besed on stories about old gods and true episodes, mainly from the Merovingian time in the german land of Thuringia). Some label problems and the recording sessions’ perfectionism (that made them record guitars twice) Read more…

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ARKANE – Enraptured Serene Mesmerism

ARKANE – Enraptured Serene Mesmerism

Arkane is the new solo project of ArkanumX (aka Pandelis Giasafakis) who was one of the founding members of the cult Greek band Fiendish Nymph (Daemonia Nymphe later). Since he left the band he created music on his own at a new more ambient ritual neoclassical style. His first effort was the album “Arcane Elitism” under the name x-Arkane-x in 2002. Now in 2008 he returns with his newest work entitled “Enraptured Serene Mesmerism” under the name Arkane.

This new Read more…

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