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EQUINOX – Świteź

EQUINOX - Switez

Russian folk metallers Equinox from Moscow have recently released their debut full-length album “Świteź” via the Russian label SoundAge Productions. Born from the ashes of Beer Bear in 2013 (the previous band of both their front-man and their drummer), Equinox self-released 2 EPs, “Beyond” and “Lux Borealis“, both in 2014, trying to define their personal sound. On May 2015 the band finally released “Świteź“, giving us a much more complete idea of Read more…

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HAGBARD – Rise of the Sea King

HAGBARD - Rise of the Sea King

Hagbard is a new Brazilian epic folk metal band from Juiz de Fora that has recently released its debut full-length album “Rise of the Sea King“. The band was formed in 2010 and in 2011 their demo EP “Warrior’s Legacy” was out. They grew in popularity in their local scene and soon started working on their full-length. Before its release though, Hagbard published the 2-track single “Lost in the Highlands” as an appetizer for Read more…

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MOROK – Fiery Dances of Dying

MOROK - Fiery Dances of Dying

Morok is a pagan black metal band from Germany, formed back in 2004 by Tur and Berstuk, who are both of Russian ancestry. The band released a promo in 2007 and the demos “In the Forests of Slavia” in 2008 and “By a Maelstrom of Thawed Brooks” in 2009. After the last demo, they took a 3 year break searching for new band members. Finally they returned in 2012 to record their debut full-length album “ Read more…

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FORODWAITH – Nirnaeth Arnediad

FORODWAITH - Nirnaeth Arnediad

A very well hidden treasure of fantasy folk melodic death metal comes from Vitebsk of Belarus. Forodwaith was formed in 2006 as a melodic death metal band inspired by the books of Tolkien, something reflected on their name too. In the end of 2007 their first demo “Nazgul Attack” was out and the band started touring in Belarus and abroad. In 2010 they recorded their debut album “Nirnaeth Arnediad“, but they managed to self-release it no Read more…

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LUTAVIERJE – Песні Налітых Хмараў

LUTAVIERJE - Songs of Poured Clouds

Belarusian pagan folk metal band from Minsk Лютавер’е (Lutavierje) has just released its debut full-length album “Песні Налітых Хмараў – Songs of Poured Clouds“. The band was formed in 2006 and next year recorded the EP “Рось“, which was released in 2010 as a split tape with Яр (Jar) via A.F.M. Productions and Werewolf Promotion. The band is preparing its debut album since 2009, but due to several line-up changes it was finally released in the Read more…

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SERDCE-KAMEN / DUKHI PREDKOV – Ветви Oдного Древа

SERDCE KAMEN & DUKHI PREDKOV

On 15th of September 2012, Russian label SoundAge Productions released a very interesting split album of two new Russian pagan folk metal bands. Сердце-Камень (Serdce-Kamen) is the new band of Alexey «Nightbird» Solovyev (ex-frontman, bassist, composer and poet of Alkonost from 1996 till 2010). Духи Предков (Dukhi Predkov) is a young band, coming from the coast of great Russian river Volga and they have already released a full-length album.

Сердце-Камень contribute to this album with the 4-track EP “Жизнь Read more…

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BEER BEAR – За Незримой Чертой

BEER BEAR - Beyond the Invisible Line

Russian folk metallers Beer Bear return with their second album “За Незримой Чертой (Beyond the Invisible Line)“. The band started in the beginning of 2008 under the name Nordheim, playing pagan metal. Very soon they decided to add folk and punk elements in their sound and the bear concept in their lyrics, so they changed their name to Beer Bear! They released a demo in 2009 and in the end of 2010 their first full-length album “Мёд Read more…

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TOПЬ – Летели Вороны

TOP - Leteli Vorony

Топь (“swamp” in English) is a new band from Moscow, Russia. They were formed in 2007 by Sventoyar (also on Beer Bear) and Hort. They never released any demo, so their debut album “Летели Вороны” came totally out of nowhere. Their music is advertised as shamanic folk black metal and the album was released by one of the biggest Russian labels, SoundAge Productions.

I don’t know if the description above is the best to define their music. What Read more…

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