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ILBELTZ – Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian (1598 Potrobizargorri I)

ILBELTZ – Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian

The debut album of Ilbeltz is finally out. This band from Basque Country isn’t new at all! It exists from 1995 and if the name reminds something to some of you, it is because Ilbeltz participated in the 3-way split “Triarchy of Vasconia” in 2001, together with Aiumeen Basoa and Adhur. Until the release of the split the band was very active with gigs, but after that they stopped. In the meantime they composed some songs and now Read more…

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SKYFORGER – Kurbads

SKYFORGER – Kurbads

It’s been more than five years since we listened to something new from Skyforger. The beginning of the most successful and well-known Latvian band dates back in 1995. Since then the band released 4 full-length albums: the debut “Kauja Pie Saules” in 1998, “Latvian Riflemen” in 2000 and the last two, “Thunderforge” and the purely acoustic “Sword’s Song”, in 2003. In 2005 Folter Records (who also released “Thuderforge”) re-released their Read more…

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YGGDRASIL – Vedergällning

YGGDRASIL – Vedergällning

Yggdrasil is the band of Gustaf Hagel and Magnus Wolfheart from Sweden. They begun this project on 2001 and after various demos they signed with Det Germanske Folket to release their debut “Kvällningsvindar över Nordrönt Land” in 2007. Two years later they return with the same label to offer us their second effort “Vedergällning”, a really good album.

Their music was always folk epic pagan metal with some black metal influences and this hasn’t changed in Read more…

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BUTTERFLY TEMPLE – Земля (Earth)

BUTTERFLY TEMPLE – Земля (Earth)

The pioneers of Russian pagan metal are back with a new album, 4 years after their previous full-length “Following the Sun” in 2006. Butterfly Temple were formed in 1995 and they have been one of the most memorable bands of their genre, since actually all Russian pagan groups are deeply influenced by them. After their first four albums that were all very different and innovative, their last two albums were a bit more “conservative” and typical, still of Read more…

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IRMINSUL – Irminsul

IRMINSUL – Irminsul

Irminsul is a new band coming from Sweden that was formed in 2005. Since then, they released two demos “Vinterskalder” in 2006 and “Urberg” in 2007 and now they release their debut album that contains all songs from the demos re-arranged, plus new songs.

Their music is Scandinavian folk pagan metal and they are one of these bands that try to explore their own sound. Irmisnul’s strong card is their beautiful melodies in the vocals. Their Read more…

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ARKONA – Гой, Роде, Гой!

ARKONA – Goi, Rode, Goi!

The time for Arkona’s 5th full-length album is near. At the end of October this unique Russian band will release its first album with Napalm Records (who also re-released their previous album) so their challenge to conquer larger audience is ahead. Of course in the circles of pagan metal Arkona is one of the best bands, but when a band signs in a bigger label, usually major changes occur. So let’s see what their next step forward will bring to Read more…

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ADORNED BROOD – Noor

ADORNED BROOD – Noor

Finally the last album of this great German folk black metal band is at my hands, an album I wanted a lot to listen to. Adorned Brood begun on 1993 and they released in 1996 their cult debut “Hiltia”, a primitive combination of folk music and raw black metal. In 1998 they released “Wigand” an amazing epic folk black metal CD, which was very hard to find, since their label Atmosfear was closed after while. Then in 2000 “Asgard” Read more…

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ARKONA – Во Славу Великим!

ARKONA – Vo Slavu Velikim

The great success of the biggest Russian folk pagan black metal band and the “name” they created inside and outside Russia lead Vic Records to re-release all their albums, except for the last album that will be re-released by Napalm Records. After the re-release of “Vozrozhdenie” and “Lepta” (initially released in 2004), now it’s the time for Vo Slavu Velikim – For the Glory of the Great Ones” from 2005 that was released by Sound Age Productions.

It is Read more…

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