Greek epic extreme metallers Divine Element will release their second full-length album “Thaurachs of Borsu” on May 19th, 2017 via I, Voidhanger Records. A comeback that has been slowly brewing since a few years now. Divine Element was the first band of Spectral Lore’s multi-instrumentalist Ayloss and vocalist Antonis, releasing their ambitious debut album back in 2010. Afterwards, the band paused operations and Ayloss took his brand of sprawling, epic metal songwriting to a more atmospheric turn with his solo project, yet the call to continue the story of Divine Element had always been strong within. Reuniting again and using for this recording the services of renowned technical death metal drummer Hannes Grossmann (Alkaloid, Blotted Science, Ex-Obscura, Ex-Necrophagist), “Thaurachs of Borsu” is Read more
Italian theatrical metallers In Tromentata Quiete signed a new contract with My Kingdom Music for the release of their fourth album titled “Finestatico”, in June 2017. It is the third one with the Italian label and will be the natural continuation of “Cromagia” musical essence, with a more direct and metal production and describes a vision a Man has when he faces his creations and compares this vision to a journey into the Universe. So commented Antonio Ricco, member of the band: “Finestatico” is a composition about human visions, about a journey you can imagine done into the Universe as metaphor of our innermost recesses, where musically we alternate and merge Metal, opera, progressive, Gothic without forgetting the decadent theatricality that is part of our essence since our early days. Our aim is Read more
It was a tricky question… How would Swedish duo Vintersorg continue after 2014′s intriguing album “Naturbål“? Shunning repetition, vocalist and mastermind Andreas “Vintersorg” Hedlund did the unthinkable and composed a sequel to his groundbreaking 1998 album “Till Fjälls“, which is considered to be one of the most important albums in the genre of folk black metal! What to expect from “Till Fjälls del II“? No scientific lyrical concept, no progressive trickery, but a heartfelt return to snowcapped mountains, pure nature-inspired mysticism, Nordic folklore and real black metal with a captivating epic streak. Vintersorg share a vision of equally harsh and melodic soundscapes that melt the raging extremes of the late 90s with the focus of 2016. The worldwide album release is set for June 30 via Napalm Records! The album Read more
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.
1. Under a Silvered Star (3:31) Read more
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.
1. Over the Highest Summit (8:21) Read more
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