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SANGDRAGON – Requiem for Apocalypse

SANGDRAGON - Requiem for Apocalypse

I remember it was early 2000′s when I was searching to discover new unknown bands in a local underground metal store. I happened to fall upon a band I’ve never heard of and I was attracted by its beautiful artwork with two occult dragon-like symbols in a red background. After a preview listening, I decided to buy it at once, enchanted by the occult atmosphere of its raw underground symphonic black metal. It was Akhenaton’s album “Divine Symphonies“, Read more…

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HIMINBJORG – Wyrd

HIMINBJORG - Wyrd

Himinbjorg are back with their latest full-length album entitled “Wyrd“. This cult French pagan black metal band was formed back in 1996 by Zahaah, the group’s main composer. They’ve been quite productive during their first years and released 5 full-length albums and an EP from 1998 to 2005, moving between folk pagan metal and pagan black metal. After a long silence, the band returned in 2010 with “Chants d’hier, Chants de Guerre, Chants de la TerreRead more…

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SVIATIBOR – La Foi des Ancêtres

SVIATIBOR - La Foi des Ancetres

Sviatibor is the personal project of Thomas Hornstein (also in Nervengeist) from Albi, France. He formed this band just in 2013, but he has been quite over-productive since then, with several demos, EPs and 3 full-length albums already released! Actually he has almost finished his next album, which will be released this Spring. All Sviatibor’s full-length albums were released in 2014, beginning with “From Yav to Nav” in February, “L’Oeuvre de Rod” in April and finally Read more…

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ASKRINN – Hjørleifsljóð

ASKRINN - Hjorleifsljod

French pagan black metal band Askrinn has recently released its amazing debut full-length album entitled “Hjørleifsljóð“. Askrinn (“The Ashtree” in Old Norse) is the personal project of Valenten, formed around 2011. His music is clearly influenced by Nordic pagan black metal, with the intention to evoke ancient Runic esotericism and forgotten Nordic lore. After the single “Fé Vældr Frænda Róge” in 2013, Askrinn worked on their debut album, which was finally self-released on November 14th, 2014.        Read more…

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NIGHTCREEPERS – Hreidd

NIGHTCREEPERS - Hreidd

Epic folk metal band NightCreepers from Conflans-Sainte-Honorine of France is back with its latest and most ambitious work “Hreid“. NightCreepers were initially formed in 2003, but after the failure of their first effort, they were reborn more seriously in 2006. Through the early years they suffered countless line-up changes and actually only one of the founding members remains until today, their guitarist and vocalist Haarath. The band released the EPs “Helgardh” in 2007 and “Towards Read more…

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DRENAÏ – Deathwalker

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Exactly one year after their beautiful demo EP “A Rising Thunder“, French folk metallers Drenaï are back with their debut full-length album. The band was founded in 2011 in Normandy, inspired by the fictional heroic world of the books of British author David Gemmell. Drenaï consist of 7 full members and they released their demo EP on October 5th of 2013. Finally, on October 10th 2014, their first album “Deathwalker” was out, self-released by the band.    Read more…

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HAEREDIUM – Aurora

HAEREDIUM - Aurora

Aurora” is the debut album of Haeredium, a new folk metal band from Alsace of Eastern France. Formed in 2009, the band worked hard trying to combine folk music and traditional instruments with heavy metal, playing at the same time in many locals gigs. Gaining a lot in experience, they recorded and completely self-produced their first full-length album “Aurora“, which was released on October 4th 2014.         Read more…

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DEMENTIA AD VITAM – L’Éloge de l’Origine

DEMENTIA AD VITAM - L'Eloge de l'Origine

Dementia ad Vitam is a very interesting neoclassical neofolk ambient project from France that recently released its third full-length album “L’Éloge de l’Origine“. Dementia ad Vitam introduced themselves in 2008 with the album “Spirit of the Trees“, a Neoclassical darkwave work, released via Occultum Productions. In 2010 the band released its second album “De Gaïa, le Poison…“, a work where they added a few atmospheric black metal elements in their sound. This album was Read more…

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