German Viking metallers Durothar from Hamburg have self-released their debut full-length album “Auf See” on December 1st 2016. The album was self recorded and mixed / mastered by Heiko Domeier. Durothar were formed in the year 2009 and during the first years they played melodic pagan metal. As the time ran by and after a few changes in the line-up, their music changed bit by bit. Nowadays the five musicians are playing a heavy mix of black and (melodic) death metal with German lyrics about journeys to foreign northern countries, big battles, the dangers out on sea and the joy of a safe return. Within that they don’t try to look and act like the usual pagan Viking metal bands and they are not afraid to show some self-mockery. In the last few Read more →
Belgian folkcore metal band Ithilien presents the official music video for the song ”Blindfolded“, taken from its upcoming second full-length album “Shaping the Soul“, scheduled for release on February 17th, 2017 via WormHoleDeath.
Epic fantasy atmospheric black metal band Seer’s Fire from the Netherlands has just released its first song, entitled “A Forlorn Name“. The single is available for free download in the band’s official Bandcamp page. Seer’s Fire is the personal project of R.v.R. from Utrecht, who plays all instruments and is also responsible for the vocals. This project started in 2016 with the aim to express fantasy-like atmospheres, not tied to any specific lore, but inspired by many of them. ”A Forlorn Name” is actually a promotional single for Seer’s Fire and a first taste of the upcoming full-length album that will follow soon.
Russian atmospheric post black metal band Skyforest has just re-released a remastered edition of its debut album “Aftermath“. Skyforest is the personal project of B.M. (also in Blurry Lights, Hiki) and a follow-up to his previous project, Annorkoth. Basically Skyforest is just the new name of the project, since B.M. decided to start from a blank page. “Aftermath” was the debut full-length album of Skyforest, originally released in August 2014, and was in the process of writing since around September 2013. Just to make things more serious, B.M. invited Tim from Germ (ex-Austere), who wrote lyrics, recorded vocals and live drums. For “Together in Death” he invited another musician, Juleah, for recording additional vocals. She’s also a multi-instrumentalist and Read more →
Ukrainian atmospheric black metal band Mørkt Tre will finally release its debut full-length album “To the Graves of Smoldering Time” in February 2017, via the Brazilian label Fimbulvinter Productions. Mørkt Tre were formed in 2010 and the same year they started recording their debut album, so practically this work was recorded within 6 years. Through the inspiration of all this time, the band tries to capture the true atmosphere of Carpathian seasons. “To the Graves of Smoldering Time” consists of 4 atmospheric black metal tracks and 2 dark ambient meditative tracks, with a total playtime around 48 minutes. It will be available in standard jewel-case edition CD and the band has already unveiled the cover artwork, painted by Tern Loge and Rogneda (design by Kogaion Art) as well as the album tracklist. There is also a video teaser that Read more →
Polish folk metal bands Alne and Stworz have announced the release of a split album entitled “Warńija“, a work dedicated to both bands’ homeland, Warmia. The album will be released in February 2017 via Werewolf Promotion, on the label’s 10th anniversary. “Warńija” consists of 12 dark neofolk tracks, 4 from Alne and 8 from Stworz, offering almost an hour of stylish and dark pagan folk music, celebrating the spirit of Warmia, the beauty of its nature and its culture, and the forgotten by many traditions. Alne will be supported in vocals by Anna Malarz, whose uncommon voice could be admired until recently in another great Polish folk pagan metal band, Thy Worshiper. For one of their songs, “Tęsknota“, Alne released a promotional clip, using Read more →
Epic Viking metal band Draugûl, the personal project of Hellcommander Vargblod from Malta, who now resides in Sweden, will soon release its upcoming fourth full-length album, entitled “Winterspell“. The new album will be released via Vegvisir Distribution on digipak CD edition during the first week of January 2017! Draugûl has already unveiled the final cover artwork for “Winterspell“, created in collaboration with the talented Wappenschmied, the album tracklist, as well as the official video for the song “Fjällstorm” that you can watch below.
Drachenfeuer is epic Tolkien ambient / cinematic dungeon synth, founded by Jim Kirkwood and Alexander Wieser back in 2007. Both artists have been writing music since the 80’s from black metal to Gothic, ambient and more… Drachenfeuer have released 2 tracks on both volumes of the mighty “The First Ring” compilation so far (2007 & 2013) and in 2009 they recorded their debut album “Realm of Light”. 7 years it was lost in the vaults, until Dark Age Productions picked it up for a limited edition release. As Jim Kirkwood released 80+ albums since the 80’s under his very own name, Alexander Wieser worked in several projects like Uruk-Hai, Hrossharsgrani, Eismond, Solid Grey, Hrefnesholt, Elisabetha, Manwe. The music of Drachenfeuer is Read more →