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Gjallarhorn is a Russian band that was formed back in 2000, but never released anything until now. They come from Kemerovo in Siberia and as you can guess by their name they started as a Viking metal band. Their debut album “Фолькванг” was released in the end of 2011 by the Russian label Musica Production, but it has almost nothing to do with the Viking genre in my opinion.

They play epic melodic atmospheric black metal with some 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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SYRGÐR SKÓGR – Borke (Demo)


Syrgðr Skógr is the personal project of Norwin. He comes from Kiel in Germany and is also a member of Eldborg and Skardus. This band was born in 2006 and in 2009 self-released the first demo “Walþu” in a very special format: CD-R limited to 50 handmade A5 books with real linocuts. In the end of 2011 the band, once again on its own, released the second full-length demo entitled “Borke“.

The band plays underground black Read more…

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BASTION – Рассвет Сварога

BASTION - Rassvet Svaroga

Bastion (Бастион) is a Russian band that was formed back in 2002, but never released a full-length album, until the July of 2011. At their early steps they used to play heavy / power metal, but soon enough they changed their style into pagan folk metal. After a few demos and many line-up changes their debut album “Рассвет Сварога / Dawn of Swarog” was finally released with the cooperation of two Russian labels, Volh Records and Der Schwarze Read more…

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ILDRA – Eðelland

ILDRA - Edelland

Few things are known about this pagan black metal band from England. They don’t have any official site and none of the band’s member(s) is mentioned in the booklet of the CD. Ildra were probably founded on 2004, when their first demo “Beorna Beaducraeft” was out. Next year they released their second demo “To Elreordgum Landum” and in 2007 their last demo “Þær Swefende Hæleð Licgað” was out. All 3 demos were cassettes and Read more…

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NORDHEIM – Lost in the North

NORDHEIM - Lost in the North

Nordheim is a new folk black metal band, coming from Québec, Canada. They were formed in 2006 and in 2009 they released a 3 song demo. In 2010 their debut full-length “Lost in the North” was self-released, but soon sold out! In 2011 they inked a deal with the Canadian label Maple Metal Records, who in the end of the same year re-released their debut album.

Their music can be described as extreme Viking metal with folk black Read more…

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Despite the fact they were formed back in 1999 and have toured and cooperated with many big bands of the genre, Italian symphonic black metallers Riul Doamnei remain relatively unknown to the masses. After the demo “Stramoniologie des Geistes” in 2002, the band released the EP “Le Serpent Rouge” in 2006. Next year their debut full-length album “Apocryphal” was out by the French label Deadsun Records. In 2011 it was re-released by the Russian Read more…

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BLACKTHORN – Codex Archaos

BLACKTHORN - Codex Archaos

Blackthorn is a very interesting band from Russia. They belong in the gothic metal genre, with many symphonic black metal elements in their music. What is special about them is that all their five members are female. They were formed in 2004 by Aina, their lead vocalist and in 2007 they released the demo “The Prologue of Eschaton”. In 2009 Blackthorn released their debut album “Gossamer Witchcraft” with the English label Ravenheart Music, as well as Read more…

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