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STWORZ / FALL – Śnij Ziemio Moja…

STWORZ - FALL - Snij Ziemio Moja

Śnij Ziemio Moja…” is a split album by two Polish bands, Stworz and Fall. It translates to “Dream, my Land…” and is dedicated to Autumn. The 2 bands belong into different metal genres, but the album is very solid and all songs fit very well in the overall atmosphere. It includes only 5 tracks, with a total duration of 34 minutes and is released by the Portuguese label Frenteuropa Records.

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BASTION – Рассвет Сварога

BASTION - Rassvet Svaroga

Bastion (Бастион) is a Russian band that was formed back in 2002, but never released a full-length album, until the July of 2011. At their early steps they used to play heavy / power metal, but soon enough they changed their style into pagan folk metal. After a few demos and many line-up changes their debut album “Рассвет Сварога / Dawn of Swarog” was finally released with the cooperation of two Russian labels, Volh Records and Der Schwarze Read more…

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RAROG – Syny Sokola

RAROG - Syny Sokola

Rarog (Рарогъ) is another fine example of the huge Russian pagan folk metal scene. They were formed in 2004 and their debut album “Аз Бога Ведаю!” came out in 2006. After many line-up changes and a long absence they returned last year with the amazing “Взойди Солнце”. In 2012 they offer us their 3rd full-length “Сыны Сокола” released like their previous one by the largest Russian label of the genre, SoundAge Productions.

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OAKENSHIELD – Legacy

OAKENSHIELD - Legacy

Ben Corkhill is back with the second album of his personal project Oakenshield. Ben comes from Yorkshire, United Kingdom and founded the band back in 2004 under the name Nifelheim. In 2007, and after 2 demos, he changed the name of his band into Oakenshield. In 2008 Einheit Produktionen released the debut album “Gylfaginning”, a surprising good album! On February 27th 2012 his second offering “Legacy” is out, again by Einheit.

Oakenshield’s music falls into the Read more…

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NOTHGARD – Warhorns of Midgard

NOTHGARD - Warhorns of Midgard

Nothgard is a new epic / pagan black metal band from Germany. They were formed in 2008 by Dom and Toni under the name Nordavind. After some line-up changes the band released a 3 song demo via myspace in 2009. They changed their name to Nothgard and they signed a deal with the German Label Black Bards to release their debut full-length album “Warhorns of Midgard” in 2011.

They play typical epic black / death metal with pagan Read more…

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NEVID – Agarta

NEVID - Agarta

Nevid is another Russian folk pagan metal band that was formed in 2004 by 3 former Butterfly Temple members, including Lesiar, who was actually the founding member of both bands. At that time Ksenia of Kalevala, was also in the band, singing the female vocals until the second album. Anyway Nevid had many line-up changes all these years and only two of the founding members are still in the band. They had released 3 full-length albums before “Agarta”, Read more…

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ARKONA – Slovo

ARKONA - Slovo

Slovo” is the latest album from Arkona. The most successful Russian pagan folk metal band is already celebrating 10 years since its creation. This is their sixth full-length album, two years after “Гой, Роде, Гой!” and it is released again by Napalm Records for European and worldwide distribution and by SoundAge Productions for the Baltic lands.

As expected, Arkona created another great album. The band has already carved its own personal style and they are now Read more…

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GRAI – О Земле Родной

GRAJ - O Zemle Rodnoy

Folk metal seems to be quite popular in Russia, with many new bands popping up once in a while. Грай (Grai) is one typical example of these bands and a good one. They were formed in 2005 and changed their name twice before their first demo in 2007. They finally released their debut album “Полынь-Трава” in 2009 with Volh Records. After the good reviews they got, they managed to get a deal with SoundAge Productions (the biggest label Read more…

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