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AIUMEEN BASOA – Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik

AIUMEEN BASOA – Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik

Folk metal is a very overcrowded genre with many sub-genres. Folk black metal is one of them, counting many bands, some great, some good and many crap… And if by the term folk black metal you get a taste about what you are going to listen to, Aiumeen Basoa is a totally different case! This Basque band was formed in 1994, but they only released a split album “Triarchy of Vasconia” in 2001 with Adhur and Ilbeltz. When Read more…

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SCYTHIA – … of War

SCYTHIA – … of War

Scythia is a new six-member band coming from Canada. They were formed in the end of 2008 and they just released their debut album on their own, without any label behind them. Their music belongs to the folk metal genre in general and the group has been very active, supporting many big bands in local gigs, like Eluveitie, Belphegor, Alestorm, etc and they have already scheduled many shows in the coming months.

Folk metal nowadays has a large variety of Read more…

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BUTTERFLY TEMPLE – Земля (Earth)

BUTTERFLY TEMPLE – Земля (Earth)

The pioneers of Russian pagan metal are back with a new album, 4 years after their previous full-length “Following the Sun” in 2006. Butterfly Temple were formed in 1995 and they have been one of the most memorable bands of their genre, since actually all Russian pagan groups are deeply influenced by them. After their first four albums that were all very different and innovative, their last two albums were a bit more “conservative” and typical, still of Read more…

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IN TORMENTATA QUIETE – Teatroelementale

IN TORMENTATA QUIETE – Teatroelementale

It was back in 2005 when I got at my hands the debut same-titled album from In Tormentata Quiete. I remember I liked their unique music very much and I was always wondering if they are going to continue. There was almost no info in their official site, so I was certain that they split up. How mistaken was I! Now, 4 years later, they return with their second work “Teatroelementale” a brilliant masterpiece, deserving every single second of waiting! Read more…

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KLABAUTAMANN – Merkur

KLABAUTAMANN – Merkur

This is the third full-length album from this German band with the unusual name. Tim Steffens and Florian Toyka formed Klabautamann in 1998 and they are the only permanent members of the band since then. After two demos, they released their debut “Our Journey Through the Woods” on their own in 2003, but the album didn’t get the proper distribution. In 2005 they released their second work “Der Ort” with the label Heavy Horses Records, so this time their album 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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