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EXULTET – At the Gates of Christendom

EXULTET - At the Gates of Christendom

Folk black metal band Exultet from Italy has just released its fifth full-length album, entitled “At the Gates of Christendom“. Born back in 2003 in Palermo of Sicily by Farz (composition, lyrics, guitars, bass, synths and vocals), the band was soon joined by Argoth in drums. As a duo they self-released 3 full-length albums and in 2011 their 4th album “I Soldati della Croce” was released via Sullen Records. In 2012 Argoth left the band. Farz, Read more…

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HESPERIA – Spiritus Italicus

HESPERIA - Spiritus Italicus

Hesperia is a very interesting one man band from Italy, the personal project of Hesperus from Macerata, Marche. He started this project back in 1997, after his departure from the black metal band Sulphuria. Both his name and band’s name come from the Greek mythology. Hesperus is the Evening Star (Venus) and Hesperia was often used to describe the Italian peninsula and the lands at its west. So far he has released 4 full-length albums, starting from 2003 with “ Read more…

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ODR – Il Ponte del Diavolo (EP)

ODR - Il Ponte del Diavolo

Folk black death metallers Odr from Turin, Italy have finally released their debut work. This new band was formed in 2012, taking their name from the Norse mythological god Óðr. They began as a 3-piece band and eventually expanded their line-up to 5 members. Soon they started recording the 5-track EP “Il Ponte del Diavolo“, which was initially available as demo in August 2013 via their official YouTube channel. The band gained the interest of the new Irish Read more…

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GOTLAND – Gloria et Morte

GOTLAND - Gloria et Morte

Italian epic pagan black metal band Gotland from Torino, has just released its debut full-length album. The band was formed in 2007 and one year later they released their first EP “Gotland“. In 2010 they self released their second EP, entitled “Behind the Horizon“. Since their beginning, Gotland have undergone numerous line-up changes, something that has affected their sound. Finally, on February 15th 2014, they self-released their ambitious first full-length album “Gloria et Morte“.               Read more…

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LOU QUINSE – Rondeau de la Forca

LOU QUINSE - Rondeau de la Forca

Lou Quinse is a very interesting Italian folk metal from Turin, formed back in 2005. Their name means “15″ in the Francoprovençal dialect, an ancient language spoken in east-central France, western Switzerland, and northwestern Italy. Since its inception, the band mixed Occitan Alpine folk music and traditional instruments with extreme metal and in 2008 released the EP “Lou Quinse“. In 2011 they self-released their debut full-length album “Rondeau de la Forca“, an album I only recently Read more…

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VALTYR – Veriset Saagat

VALTYR - Veriset Saagat

Valtyr is the second personal project of Nartum from Bari, Italy. Nartum’s music projects started in 2008 with Ymir, a black metal band that evolved into space ambient black metal. With Ymir, Nartum released a demo in 2008 and his first album ever, “Tumults in the Absence” in 2010, which was re-released in digipak edition in 2013. Valtyr was formed in 2011, as a Viking black metal band, with which Nartum wanted to pay homage to bands like Read more…

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NORHOD – The Blazing Lily

NORHOD - The Blazing Lily

Norhod is a new Italian symphonic metal band from Lucca, Tuscany. They were formed in 2009 as a 4-piece band and they soon started writing their first songs. After new members additions and several changes, the band finally completed its line-up in 2011, consisting of 7 musicians that remain the same till today. They finally self-released their debut EP “Arianrhod” in the beginning of 2012. The band signed then to WormHoleDeath, an Aural Music sub-label and on October Read more…

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DISMAL – Giostra di Vapore

DISMAL - Giostra di Vapore

Dismal – the Waltz of Mind is an Italian Gothic experimental alternative band that will release its new masterpiece “Giostra di Vapore” on December 9th, 2013 via DreamCell 11 Entertainment, an Aural Music sub-label. Dismal were formed back in 1995 and this is their 4th full-length album so far. In its first steps, the band had a Gothic metal approach with extreme metal elements, but gradually the metal elements were removed. And while in my opinion most bands Read more…

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