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EKOVE EFRITS – Conceptual Horizon

EKOVE EFRITS -Conceptual Horizon

Ekove Efrits has been a great discovery for me, since their beginning back in 2005. I have both their demos “Into the Funeral Witches” and “The Wraiths of Forgotten Forest” from 2006, where the band played raw melancholic black metal. It is actually the solo project of Saman N. aka Count De Efrit, who is composing and preforming everything in his albums. The fact that he is from Iran, a rather uncommon place for metal, raised Read more…

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EINHERJER – Norrøn

EINHERJER - Norron

Einherjer need no introduction. This Norwegian band was formed back in 1993 and was one of the pioneers of viking metal. In their first works they had some black metal influences, which slowly disappeared with the passing of time. With the albums “Norwegian Native Art” in 2000 and “Blot” in 2003 (their best album in my opinion) Einherjer seemed to have found a more solid ground, building a very unique, personal and characteristic sound, but in Read more…

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FIMBULVET – Frostbrand

FIMBULVET - Frostbrand

Fimbulvet is another pagan metal band coming from Germany and particularly from Thuringia, like many great bands of the genre. They have been around since 2003 and have released 2 full-length albums, “Ewiger Winter” in 2006 and “Der Ruf in Goldene Hallen” in 2008, the highlight of the band in my opinion. In 2009 they released the EP “Kriegerwahn” and in the end of 2011 they return with their latest effort “Frostbrand – Read more…

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ARKONA – Slovo

ARKONA - Slovo

Slovo” is the latest album from Arkona. The most successful Russian pagan folk metal band is already celebrating 10 years since its creation. This is their sixth full-length album, two years after “Гой, Роде, Гой!” and it is released again by Napalm Records for European and worldwide distribution and by SoundAge Productions for the Baltic lands.

As expected, Arkona created another great album. The band has already carved its own personal style and they are now Read more…

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APPALACHIAN WINTER – Appalachian Winter

APPALACHIAN WINTER - Appalachian Winter

Appalachian Winter is the personal project of D.G. Klyne, who decided to begin this epic symphonic black metal band in 2007. Living in Pennsylvanian mountains, his music is deeply influenced by the wild surrounding nature of his homeland. This is the fourth full-length album of the band and it was released in the end of 2011. So far he is releasing one album each year, beginning with “Silence Before the Great Mountain Wind” in 2008, continuing with “ Read more…

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UNEXPECT – Fables of the Sleepless Empire

UNEXPECT - Fables of the Sleepless Empire

Unexpect is definitely one of these bands you cannot easily categorize or review in general, since they are a whole category on their own! This unusual Canadian band was formed back in 1996 and released its debut album “Utopia” in 1999. Four years later they released the EP “_we, Invaders” with Galy Records and they reached larger audience. Then they signed in The End Records in order to release their second full length “In a Read more…

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SURTURS LOHE – Nornenwerk

SURTURS LOHE - Nornenwerk

It has been 9 years since Surturs Lohe second album “Vor Walvaters Thron” in 2002. Except for a split EP in 2004 the band seemed quite dead. So I was surprised to learn Christhunt will release something new from them. In order to be honest, in most cases such big breaks aren’t that good for the bands. They raise our expectations and most of the time the come back is a big disappointing, since the “progress” or “quality” Read more…

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SFERSLAV – Линь За Хмари

SFERSLAV - Lyn' Za Hmari

Sferslav is a new Ukrainian folk band with no much info about it in the web. The only think I can tell for sure is that they have released their debut EP “Линь За Хмари” in 2011 with Sonnenrune Records, a label specialized in pagan metal bands. Of course Sferslav don’t belong in this genre so far, since this miniCD is simply acoustic folk music. I don’t even know the band members and how many of them are Read more…

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