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ANGIZIA – Kokon

ANGIZIA – Kokon

Some of you may still remember this unique band from Austria, with its really unusual and bizarre albums. Formed back in 1994, they were signed by Napalm Records, who released their first four works; a split with Amestigon and 3 full-length albums. They were playing a very distinctive mix of avant-garde metal, classical music, operatic female vocals and extreme screaming male ones. Their 3 first works were simply brilliant. Especially the debut album “Die Kemenaten Scharlachroter Lichter”, with Read more…

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GOAT OF MENDES – Consort of the Dying God

GOAT OF MENDES – Consort of the Dying God

Goat of Mendes is another pagan metal band hailing from Germany. They were formed back in 1994 and they have released four full-length albums so far, with long breaks between them. They have labeled their music as Wiccan metal, due to their beliefs and thematology. In the beginning of 2011 they return, after 6 years of silence, with their fifth work entitled “Consort of the Dying God”, a self-released album.

Actually there are 2 periods in bands history. Read more…

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SHANGREN – Warriors of Devastation

SHANGREN – Warriors of Devastation

Folk metal (especially in its most extreme expressions) has been my favorite genre for years now and I always want to listen to bands who bring music from different cultures to their sound. So far many bands from the weirdest places of the world have come to my attention, but I had never come upon a band who experiments with folk Chinese or native African music. This is weird if you take into consideration the rich and very strong traditional Read more…

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CRUACHAN – Blood on the Black Robe

CRUACHAN – Blood on the Black Robe

Cruachan is one of the first bands mixing Celtic music with extreme metal. They were formed in 1992 in Dublin of Ireland and at their first steps they were playing folk black metal. After the release of their debut album “Tuatha Na Gael” in 1995, the band became more “soft” and melodic, gradually removing extreme metal elements and brutal vocals. It took them 5 years to release their second album “The Middle Kingdom” and then they Read more…

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