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Epic shamanic pagan black metallers Darkestrah from Kyrgyzstan released in 2013 their new masterpiece “Манас“, the fifth full-length album of the band. Darkestrah were formed in 1999 by Asbath in Bishkek of Kyrgyzstan, while currently the band members live in Germany. Their music has always been deeply influenced and inspired by their homeland’s culture. Darkestrah have signed to Osmose Productions and “Манас” is their second work released by the French label, after the EP “Khagan Read more…

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RAVENTALE – Mémoires

RAVENTALE - Memoires

Ukrainian atmospheric blackened metal band Raventale released a very interesting compilation in the summer of 2013, entitled “Mémoires“, co-released by Satanath Records and Dark East Productions. Raventale is the personal project of Astaroth Merc, who formed them back in 2005. They have released 6 full-length albums so far, with the last one being “Transcendence” in 2012, all of them as one-man band. The band has now a complete live line-up and a new chapter in their Read more…

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Chile isn’t the most common origin of folk metal groups, so I was very interested in seeing what this new band with this weird name has to offer. Traucoholik were formed in 2010 and they come from the port city of Coquimbo. In 2012 they released the 4-track demo “Voyages of Myths and Hate” giving their fans a first taste of their music. In 2013 they released digitally their debut full-length album “Kalku” and on February Read more…

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IZMOROZ – Ктулху

IZMOROZ - Cthulhu

Russian folk humorous black metallers Изморозь (Izmoroz) are back with their new opus “Ктулху” (Cthulhu), their seventh full-length album so far. The band was formed in 2006 as a 2-album project, having a more serious epic Viking oriented approach. After the encouragement of the fans, the band continued, making at the same time a huge turn in its sound and concept in 2010. They are since then playing melodic extreme pagan folk metal with humorous lyrics, mixing various Read more…

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NACHTREICH – Trugbilder

NACHTREICH - Trugbilder

Nachtreich was a German instrumental band formed in 2003 by Uli Kaineder and Peter Honsalek. Their music has influences from neoclassical, black metal and classical music. The band was active from 2003 until 2010, when they split up, but they continued working together in different music paths. After several demos, Nachtreich released their debut full-length album “Sturmgang” in 2009. They continued releasing some works after their official end, like the “B​-​Sides & Unreleased Demos” in 2011. Read more…

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IRON WOODS – Iron Woods

IRON WOODS - Iron Woods

Brazilian epic pagan black metal band Iron Woods from São Paulo is back after many years of silence. The idea for the band was conceived in 2001 by Holykran and took flesh in 2002 when Guerriera Nox (drums) and Hammer (bass) joined him. As a trio the band released its debut full-length album “Ancient Faith” in 2004 and its second work “The Journey to the Paganism” in 2008, both self released. Now, 5 years later, they Read more…

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Empyrean Throne is a new blackened death metal band from Southern California, USA. They were formed in the summer of 2011 by Andrew Knudsen (vocals) and John Ashbaugh (bass) during a journey to the Scandinavian Peninsula. More band members joined them soon and they started their live activity in 2012. With their complete 6-piece line-up they recorded their debut EP “Demonseed” and released it in the end of 2013 via Erthe & Axen Records.                   Read more…

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NARJAHANAM – Wa Ma Khufiya Kana A’atham

NARJAHANAM - Wa Ma Khufiya Kana A'atham

Narjahanam is a folk oriental black death metal band coming from the Kingdom of Bahrain! It is one of the few metal bands originating from this small island country, which is situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. They were founded in 2004 by Mardus and joined by Busac in 2005, who remain their only two members since then. They released their debut album “Undama Tath’hur Al Shams Mn Al Gharb” in 2007 via the Russian Read more…

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