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WODENSTHRONE – Loss

WODENSTHRONE – Loss

England isn’t really known for its pagan black metal bands. Maybe it’s time to change this! A brilliant new band arises from there, offering us a mesmerizing debut album “Loss”. They were formed in 2005 and after two split releases in 2006 and 2008 they recorded their first full length album in Negura studios in Romania with the help of Negura Bunget members.

Wodensthrone play pagan black metal with an underground (but very good) sound. They begun as Read more…

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PRIPEGAL – Ziemia Gromadzi Prochy

PRIPEGAL – Ziemia Gromadzi Prochy

Pripegal is the personal project of Mscislaw, who is also the singer and guitarist of Abusiveness. The band began in 1995 with the ambition to create Slavonic black metal and Bathory being the main influence. Even though the songs were composed earlier, it was 2004 when the debut album “Slavia Antiqua” was out. It was an underground release limited to 300 pieces, offering us average raw pagan black metal.

The new album though is quite different! Mscislaw has paid much Read more…

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GRAVELAND – Spears of Heaven

GRAVELAND – Spears of Heaven

Graveland is a legendary Polish band that most black metal fans surely know. The personal project of Rob Darken (who has also Lord Wind) is active since 1992 and this is the eleventh full-length album. The band has also released 4 EPs, a couple of split albums as well as many demos. Rob Darken has been very productive all these years releasing something new very often. Graveland begun as a pure raw black metal band, but they have eventually added Read more…

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DRUDKH – Microcosmos

DRUDKH – Microcosmos

Drudkh is a band that managed to become a “cult” name in pagan black metal scene, despite the fact they were formed only in 2002 and that they never play live! From 2003 to 2007 the Ukrainian band released 6 full-length albums and an EP, all under the label Supernal Music. Their popularity and praising reviews, especially in the underground circles, made them a respectful name, so they signed a contract with Season of Mist! “Microcosmos” is the Read more…

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LUX DIVINA – From the Tomb to Nature’s Blood

LUX DIVINA – From the Tomb to Nature's Blood

Lux Divina isn’t a new band. They are from Barcelona, Spain and they were formed back in 1998. After one demo, they released the EP “Occasus Caeremonia” in 2001 and a promo in 2003. In 2004 they released a compilation album that contained their 3 aforementioned works, entitled “New Days for the Ancient Wisdom”. They played pagan black metal with some synths, but since they actually never made a full-length album and they had many line-up changes, they somehow Read more…

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FORGOTTEN LAND – In Regno Langobardorum

FORGOTTEN LAND - In Regno Langobardorum

Forgotten Land is a new band coming from Italy. They were formed in 2006 by their front-woman Nordic Valkyrja and in 2008 their first demo “Ancient Tales from forgotten Lands” was released. This summer, July 2009 they decided to release their debut album themselves, without any label!

Their music is epic pagan black metal with some folk influences. They have a very good sound, with powerful guitars and drums (with a nice “echo”), reminding me of the sound this genre Read more…

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ZURIAAKE – Afterimage of Autumn

ZURIAAKE – Afterimage of Autumn

Zuriaake is one of the first bands that come from China presenting pagan black metal. This vast country with the amazingly rich history and tradition seems to be awakening in black metal too, judging from this decent release and from some others that are soon to follow.

Bloodfire and Bloodsea were the founding members of Zuriaake back in 1998, but it was only 2005 when they released a split cd-r with Yngizarm, another pagan black metal project of Bloodfire (he Read more…

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WALLACHIA – Ceremony of Ascension

WALLACHIA – Ceremony of Ascension

Some of you may remember the band Wallachia, who released the EP “Wallachia” back in 1997 and the full-length “From Behind The Light” in 1999. After that, silence! Their first releases (the EP and the album) were also re-released by Dark Horizon Records in 2006 as a single CD. So now, 10 years after their last work, they return with a really nice album.

The Norwegian band was a keyboard based black metal band, with very melodic music and extreme Read more…

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