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FALKENBACH – Tiurida

FALKENBACH - Tiurida

Falkenbach is one of the founders of Viking folk black metal and one of the basic influences of most bands of the genre. They were formed back in 1989 by Vratyas Vakyas, who has always been their mastermind, gathering session musicians for the recordings. He has also lived in Iceland in the past, so he got a real taste of the northern lands he sings about. After the first limited demo “Havamal” in 1989 the band released 3 Read more…

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METALMESSAGE – V

METAL MESSAGE - V

I can’t say that I am a big fan of compilations. Most of them contain one or two decent songs and the rest are crap. They also are too general, without focusing on a specific genre, but mainly promoting a label’s material. But MetalMessage is a totally different case and that’s the main reason I review it. Markus Eck, who is also behind the webzine MetalMessage, has done a respectful work gathering 13 songs from bands all over the world Read more…

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BIFRÖST – Heidenmetal

BIFRÖST – Heidenmetal

Bifrost is a name often used in metal and there are many bands with this name. Bifröst with (¨) though come from Austria and they were formed in 2005. In 2006 they finished the album “Schlachtklänge” that was never released. Four years later Einheit Produktionen released their new (but actually first official) album “Heidenmetal”.

The band belongs in the epic death black metal genre with a folk Viking approach. Their music is based on the guitar Read more…

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ENSIFERUM – From Afar

ENSIFERUM – From Afar

Undoubtedly Ensiferum is one of the most successful bands in the epic viking metal scene. They were formed 15 years ago and they released their impressive self-titled debut in 2001, gaining immediately the respect of fans of the genre, as well as many praising reviews. After that, there were many line-up changes and the band released 2 more full-length albums, one demo collection, one EP, one live DVD and many singles and most of them sold really good. It is Read more…

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SIGTYR – Lagnad (Demo)

SIGTYR – Lagnad

Sigtyr is actually a quite old band. They were formed by Odne in 1999 and 3 years later Jan joined the band as a full member with equal contribution to the band. After 11 years and many demos they have never dared (?) to release a full-length album. Sigtyr began as a solo project, but through the years they got a full line-up. Many of their ex-members are now on Mistur and Odne himself has also been on them. After Read more…

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MÅNEGARM – Nattväsen

MÅNEGARM – Nattväsen

The Viking metallers from Sweden are back with their sixth saga “Nattväsen” (Night Creatures). After 14 years of existence and 5 full-length albums Månegarm have definitely built a very strong name. So their 6th album, with a new label again (Regain Records), was highly anticipated.

From the first look at the album you can see the different and unusual (for Månegarm) artwork. Instead of the epic colored drawings by Kris Verwimp (which I prefer), they use this time Read more…

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MISTUR – Attende

MISTUR – Attende

Another great band comes from the mountains and fjords of Sogndal in Norway, the place that gave us Windir. The band begun in 2003 as a two members’ project and they released the amazing demo “Skoddefjellet” in 2005. This 4-song demo left many promises and got very positive reviews. So now, 4 years later, they release their debut album “Attende” with Einheit Produktionen.

Mistur have now a complete line-up, something that makes their sound much richer compared to Read more…

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TÝR – By the Light of the Northern Star

TYR - By the Light of the Northern Star

Fifth full length album from Týr is out, one year after their previous effort “Land”. Týr is one of the few bands that come from the remote Faroe Islands, north of Denmark and they play Viking metal (their origin definitely gives them the inspiration for this)! They were formed in 1998 and after two albums they signed in Napalm Records, where they released 2 more albums, as well as the re-releases of their first albums. Now it’s time for Read more…

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