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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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KAMPFAR – Mare

KAMPFAR - Mare

Three years after their previous effort, Kampfar return with their 5th full-legth album “Mare”. The Norwegian pagan black metallers seem to be in their second youth, after the 7-year break between 1999 and 2006, offering us their 3rd work the last 5 years. And if their previous albums “Kvass” and “Heimgang” were very close to their first works, “Mare” sounds quite different in my ears…

The album starts with a Read more…

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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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SVARTSOT – Mulmets Viser

SVARTSOT – Mulmets Viser

Svartsot return with their second album, after 2007’s debut “Ravnenes Saga”. The Danish folk metal band that was formed in 2005, managed to sign a contract with Napalm Records for their debut, as well as for this new work. Let’s see what they have to offer 3 years after their first effort and with a completely new line-up, since guitarist Cris J.S. Frederiksen is the only remaining member!

Those of you who have listened to them before, you Read more…

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JALDABOATH – The Rise of the Heraldic Beasts

JALDABOATH – The Rise of the Heraldic Beasts

If you think that the name is the only unusual thing about this band, you couldn’t be more wrong. Behind the knick Jaldaboath is James Fogarty. If this name reminds you anything, he was one of the founding members of The Meads of Asphodel, as well as the man behind Ewigkeit. After leaving from The Meads of Asphodel and ending Ewigkeit, he found two other comrades and in 2007 they formed a band with his name “Jaldaboath”. In the same Read more…

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ARKONA – Гой, Роде, Гой!

ARKONA – Goi, Rode, Goi!

The time for Arkona’s 5th full-length album is near. At the end of October this unique Russian band will release its first album with Napalm Records (who also re-released their previous album) so their challenge to conquer larger audience is ahead. Of course in the circles of pagan metal Arkona is one of the best bands, but when a band signs in a bigger label, usually major changes occur. So let’s see what their next step forward will bring to Read more…

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GLITTERTIND – Landkjenning

GLITTERTIND – Landkjenning

It’s been 6 years after their last full-length album and 4 years after their last release, the EP “Til Dovre Faller”. I think it was about time for Glittertind to release a new work. They were formed in 2001 by Torbjørn Sandvik and it begun as a one-man band with some guest musicians during the various recordings. In 2002 the debut “Mellom Bakkar Og Berg” was out (even though it is “ignored” in band’s official site), followed by “Evige 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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