Italian epic black metal band Emyn Muil, the personal project of Nartum (also in Valtyr, Ymir) will release its second full-length album titled “Elenion Ancalima” in May 2017. It will include 5 tracks with a total duration of 42 minutes, inspired by Tolkien’s novel “Akallabeth” from Silmarillion. Hildr Valkyrie will also appear in this album as a guest vocalist, and the band thanks her for the very precious collaboration! “Elenion Ancalima” will be released via the German label Northern Silence Productions in a 4-panel digipak edition CD. Emyn Muil has already unveiled the cover artwork, the album tracklist and a video teaser that you can watch below.
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German folk metallers Odroerir from Thuringia will finally break their “discography silence” with their new acoustic album “Das Erbe Unserer Ahnen“, which translates to “The Heritage of Our Ancestors”. The album will be released on June 16th, 2017 via Einheit Produktionen as a standard music CD as well as A5 digiCD with an added bonus DVD. The footage used in the videos comes from several hiking and biking trips compiled from the Fix´s vault over the years. Nature scenes and cultural monuments are the main focus. You can already check out a few songs as a preview on the band’s official YouTube channel. With their new acoustic folk songs Odroerir invite the listener for a reflective musical journey through the multi-faceted history and mythology of their ancestors. This undertaking was supported by Read more
American epic atmospheric black metal band Valiant, the personal project of Archon from Albuquerque, New Mexico, will return on April 14th, 2017 with its third full-length effort, entitled “A Moribund Destiny“. The upcoming epic began works in October of 2016. “A Moribund Destiny” is the pinnacle of all things Valiant, it is much much darker in tone and atmosphere, it is quite melancholic and somber a different approach was taken this time with this record. The album is a conceptual record about a great nature calamity in which ultimately the only hope for prosperity and survival is to journey into the inner realm. It takes place 1,000 years after the events of Spellbound. The cover artwork is by the 19th century Russian painter, Aivazovsky Ivan Konstantinovich.
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Finnish kings of epic melodic death metal, Wintersun, have unveiled many details of their third album “The Forest Seasons” that will be released in 2017 via Nuclear Blast.
They have revealed the beautiful album cover, made in collaboration by Gyula Havancsák and Jari Mäenpää. It illustrates the awakening of a mystical forest, where the seasons are merging together.
Wintersun have also announced their crowdfunding campaign that started on March 1st, 2017 until March 31st and allows Read more
Enigmatic Icelandic heathen rock metallers Sólstafir are now revealing details of their forthcoming sixth album. Their new masterpiece, entitled “Berdreyminn“, will be released by Season of Mist and will be in stores on May 26th, 2017. The band has furthermore revealed the cover art by Adam Burke and track-list of “Berdreyminn“, which can be viewed below. Sólstafir are not like any other band. Their sixth album ”Berdreyminn” underscores this statement. As its title “a dreamer of forthcoming events” aptly describes, the four Icelanders have taken their already impressive evolution one step further. The band has continued to amalgamate haunting melodies, psychedelic phases, as well as strong undercurrents of classic rock and hard rock with echoes of their metal past. Yet Sólstafir’s focus is not on style but pure Read more
Aarrrrrrrr, the one and only heavy metal pirates of Alestorm are back, and they’ve brought with them their 5th full-length album titled “No Grave But the Sea“! Time to put on your eyepatch and let the rum flow freely for the unstoppable international party machine, as Alestorm have finally announced first and hotly anticipated details on their brand new album! “No Grave But the Sea” will be released on May 26th 2017 on Napalm Records, now the band fronted by Captain Chris Bowes unveiled their upcoming album cover art as well as track listing. No other band in the galaxy creates such epic modern symphonic folk metal anthems with endless hooks that will be stuck in your head until the heat death of the universe. Or in Alestorm’s own words…”Stupid songs about getting drunk and stealing treasure”. Twisted together Read more
Italian folk Viking metallers Dusius from Parma have recently signed to Rockshots Music and they will release their 13-track full-length concept debut full-length album “Memory of a Man” on March 17th, 2017 via the label Extreme Metal Music. Formed in 2010, the 7-piece Italian metal act released the EP “Slainte” during 2012 via Nementon Records, followed by many live shows in Central and Eastern Europe, supporting bands of the likes of Kalevala, Elvenking, Furor Gallico and Artaius. Dusius’ sound is unique and clear, with influences from folk, pagan and melodic death metal, with thrash and even progressive twists, and it’s characterized by the different vocal techniques and the use of both modern and folk instruments. “Memory of a Man” is available for pre-order in CD edition in their label’s webshop.
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The experimental and internationalist one-man project netra returns with “Ingrats”, the first new album since 2013 with perhaps his most focused work yet. It is the third full-length album for netra and it will be released on Hypnotic Dirge Records on March 9, 2017. “Ingrats” (french for “ungrateful ones”) is filled with raw and honest music that speaks to a common despair, internal psychosis, and the monotony of modern life. Mixing abrasive and claustrophobic depressive black metal, darkwave, trip-hop, and melancholic alternative rock, netra’s music has never been restricted by convention or tradition but on “Ingrats”, the hybridization of genres is perhaps more seamless than ever. The black metal feels urgent and sharp as ice, while the heavily Read more