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ARATHORN – Treue und Verrat

ARATHORN – Treue und Verrat

Do you remember Arathorn? Not Tolkien’s character, but the German folk black metal band that released back in 1997 the amazing debut “Niemals Krönender als Was Einst War”. After that album the 3 members of the band split up and the band seemed dead for many years! But Sköll (one of the band’s member) decided that Arathorn should be revived. So in 2004 he recorded and released a demo, and now in 2008 Arathorn’s second album, 11 years Read more…

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PAYSAGE D’HIVER – Kristall & Isa

PAYSAGE D’HIVER – Kristall & Isa

This is the fifth album of Paysage d’Hiver the solo project of Wintherr, who is also a member of DarkSpace. He is from Switzerland, and he actually released all of his albums (8 so far, plus a demo and 2 split releases) on tape. Later he decided to re-release all of them one by one on A5 digipak versions by his own label Kunsthall Produktionen. So this is his last release, even though the tape version is from 2001!

What Read more…

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LEGION OF DOOM – The Horned Made Flesh

LEGION OF DOOM – The Horned Made Flesh

The time for the fourth full-length album by one of the oldest Greek black metal bands has come! 3 years after their last work, that was followed by 3 split releases (2 EPs and a CD), their new work entitled “The Horned Made Flesh” is released by the Greek label Zyklon-B Productions.

Legion of Doom was founded in 1990 and they managed to make a good name, mainly in the underground scene always releasing good albums. They had Read more…

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HOLY BLOOD – The Patriot

HOLY BLOOD – The Patriot

Holy Blood is an Ukrainian band that is active from 1999 and they have already released 2 albums (“The Wanderer” in 2002 and “Waves are Dancing” in 2004). Their music is excellent folk black metal and their “characteristic” is that their thematology is about Christianism. They belong to a genre that is called “white”, “un-black” or “Christian” metal, which is around for many years now, with many bands supporting it. The most famous and remarkable might be, if I don’t Read more…

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DARKESTRAH – The Great Silk Road

DARKESTRAH – The Great Silk Road

Darkestrah is the most known (if not the only one) black metal band from Kyrgyzstan, this unknown to many people Asian land in the western borders of China! They have released 3 great albums in the pagan black metal genre, all of them from No Colours Records and they have a good name in the underground.

Since all their releases so far were more than decent, I expected to listen to something good from their forth effort, but what I Read more…

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TVERD – Follow the Sun’s Way

TVERD – Follow the Sun's Way

It was 2007 when Pagan Reign, one of the best Russian folk pagan black metal bands, decided to split-up. The loss is great, but at least two of its members (Vetrodar and Demosthen) formed a new band Tverd, that is ready to take Pagan Reign’s place in our hearts.

Even though Tverd’s sound is very close to Pagan Reign’s there are also many differences. The overall sound of the guitars and the rich orchestration full of folk instruments (pipes, flutes, Read more…

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OBTEST – Gyvybës Medis

OBTEST – Gyvybës Medis

Obtest is an old band from Lithuania. They exist from 1992 and this is their fourth full-length album, although they count also many EPs. Except for their debut “Tukstantmetis” where they were more black metal influenced, they have built a very personal sound on all their other releases, and they try to perfect it with their last effort “Gyvybës Medis”.

Even though they are usually referred to as pagan black metal band, I believe that blackened war metal would Read more…

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EQUILIBRIUM – Sagas

EQUILIBRIUM – Sagas

Equilibrium is a band from Germany, formed in 2001 and released their debut “Turis Fratyr” in 2005. Their folk black metal must have made quite an impression since their new work is released by Nuclear Blast, which was somehow surprising for me!

First of all this album is different from their first work, with much more expensive production and a mainstream rich sound! Their music is melodic symphonic black metal with many folk tunes and instruments. It has an epic Read more…

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