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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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GONIN-ISH – Naishikyo Sekai

GONIN-ISH – Naishikyo Sekai

Hm… This is quite an unusual release! Gonin-Ish is a Japanese band (as it’s easy to guess seeing the weird cover artwork) that exists from 1997. After the self-titled debut in 2000, “Naishikyo Sekai” is their second full-length album that was released in 2005 in Japan, but wasn’t distributed worldwide, until 2008 that “Season of Mist” decided to re-release it! Let’s see why…

When the first song “Tokoyami Kairou” began, I thought I was listening to Read more…

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VALUATIR – I

VALUATIR – I

Valuatir is a real gem of the underground pagan folk black metal scene. They come from France and they were formed in 1997 under the name Inis Gwenva. After 2 demos they changed their name in 2007 to Valuatir and they recorded their first full-length album that was released in 2008 by the Japanese label Armageddon Records.

They play pagan black metal mixed with many folk Celtic instruments and melodies. Their founder Fëarann masters a great variety of traditional instruments, Read more…

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CRIMFALL – As the Path Unfolds…

CRIMFALL – As the Path Unfolds

Crimfall is a newborn band from Finland that is ready to make (or actually already did) the great step. Even though they were formed just in 2007 and released only a 3-song demo cd-r, they managed to sign a deal with Napalm Records in order to release their debut full length “As the Path Unfolds…” in February 2009!

After listening to the cd it isn’t surprising that Napalm has great expectations from this band. Their music is symphonic, Read more…

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ARATHORN – Treue und Verrat

ARATHORN – Treue und Verrat

Do you remember Arathorn? Not Tolkien’s character, but the German folk black metal band that released back in 1997 the amazing debut “Niemals Krönender als Was Einst War”. After that album the 3 members of the band split up and the band seemed dead for many years! But Sköll (one of the band’s member) decided that Arathorn should be revived. So in 2004 he recorded and released a demo, and now in 2008 Arathorn’s second album, 11 years Read more…

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