Vaarwel, the creative enigma behind Frozen Ocean, has decided to fling wide the gates of his kingdom and invite everyone to explore, to discover, to immerse themselves in his world… He has released the compilation album “Transience“, available for free download in the band’s official pages. The Frozen Ocean back catalogue can seem a vast and complex place, difficult to navigate for the uninitiated, but now Vaarwel has produced a guide to these seemingly forbidding territories. “Transience” gives form and shape to the maelstrom and shines a light on the pathways through the dark. Vaarwel has chosen songs that span the breadth and depth of his creation and bound them together, fresh and remastered and made them all available in a beautiful, free download package. Along with fifteen remastered tracks, three previously unreleased, representing the best of Frozen Ocean’s incredible Read more →
Italian folk power metal band Elvenking will unleash its new studio album “Secrets of the Magick Grimoire” on November 10th, 2107 via AFM Records. It is the first work of Elvenking after three and a half years and the band has just released, as a first teaser of the album, the official lyric video for the song “Draugen’s Maelstrom” that you can watch below. There are 2 guest musicians in this album. The first one is Snowy Shaw, who has performed in King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Therion, Dimmu Borgir, Sabaton, Dream Evil and Memento Mori, among others. He added his malicious and spooky vocals in the song “At the Court of the Wild Hunt”. The other one is Angst Norder (singer of Witchery and Nekrokraft) who took care of the growls and screams in four songs. “Secrets of the Magick Grimoire” will be available on Read more →
Dark folkish black metal band Saiva from Norrbotten County, Sweden will release its debut full-length album entitled “Markerna Bortom” on October 13, 2017 via Nordvis Produktion. Saiva is the personal project of Andreas Petterson, who is also in De Arma, Stilla, Whirling and was previously also in Armagedda, Lönndom, Volkermord, LIK and Leviathan. In Saiva’s debut album there are featured guest appearances by J. Kaarna (Tervahäät), Austin Lunn (Panopticon) & Erik Gärdefors (Grift). “Markerna Bortom” will be out on jewel-case CD edition and on LP edition (black vinyl, packaging: single jacket, 4 page LP sized booklet, LP in poly bag). It is already available for pre-order in Read more →
Australian folk melodic death metallers Claim the Throne present the official videoclip for the song “Mantra” taken from their upcoming album “On Desolate Plains” scheduled for release on October 13, 2017. A second video will soon be out.
Finnish pagan metal band Häive will release its second full-length album on November 24th, 2017 via Eisenwald. Entitled simply “Iätön” (Finnish for “Ageless”), this painstakingly crafted recording represents a true journey into the very soul of the band. Each element of Häive has been taken to the next level; the driving-yet-delicate guitars, impassioned vocals, powerful percussion and deeply thought-through themes, every aspect has been refined further in order to draw the listener into Häive’s world. And as for this world, it is a place of loss and remembrance, winter-stripped trees giving way to the cold bare earth, chill-worn soils that have born witness to the eternal cycles of nature. Read more →
Polish pagan folk metal band Stworz will release its 5th full-length album “Wołosożary” on Dziady night, 31st of October 2017 via Werewolf Promotion. “Wołosożary” includes 12 tracks of winter, death and rebirth through they eyes of a folklore. It is the 4th and the last of the “year cycle” albums, with “Śnij ziemo moja” dedicated to autumn, “Cóż po żyznych ziemiach…” to summer and “Zagony Bogów” to spring. As Stworz state, “Wołosożary” is the Slavic folk name for the Orion’s belt that their ancestors have seen as connected to Weles, god of underworld and the dead. It is an album to commemorate 10 years of activity on a scene and an opening of brand new era for Srworz. “Wołosożary” will be released in jewel case edition CD including an 8-page booklet with artwork by Misty Vision Art.
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Italian folk metallers Folk Metal Jacket from Modena have recently released their debut full-length album “Eulogy for the Gentle Fools“. It is a concept album whose idea started from the story of “Winter Fog“, the last song of their 2013 EP “Spill This Album“, to evolve towards totally different atmospheres and an unexpected ending. The lyrics focus on the crisis of the values of bravery and tribe spirit, which were highly represented in the previous works of the band. Hence, the main character of the story is often facing danger alone, in opposition to the multiple individuals starring older songs like “Mosh’n’Storm” or “The Battle“. Musically speaking everything has improved, from recording technique to vocal variety and lyrics. Variety is the key, because Read more →