About two years after its birth, Swiss Pagan / Folk metal band Norvhar - which has risen from the ashes of the band Harmoniks - just unveiled a first glance from its upcoming debut album with the song "Of Stone, Gold & Blood" available right now on YouTube.
The single will feature on 'Kauna', the band's first album coming out on February 2019 for physical and digital formats.
Stream the single "Of Stone, Gold & Blood"
Formed in 2016 from the ashes of the band Harmoniks, Norvhar is oriented towards pagan/folk/epic metal. It consists of six skilled musicians, all of them with stage experiences.
Those six friends offer a music which is inspired, epic, melodic, but which also makes you want to drink beers until the end of times. Vastly inspired by Tolkien’s universe, but also by Nordic mythology, the texts are dense and deep, filled with adventures and battles, with mystical tales and latent alcoholism. The folk melodies, sometimes played on the keyboard, sometime on the flute or on acoustic instruments, intermingle with powerful and sharp guitars, all punctuated by intense bass and battle-like drums.
The vocals, straight out of the plains of Valhalla are calling the warriors to battle by their unquenchable fire. Norvhar is going to release an album at the beginning of 2019.
For fans of Moonsorrow, Ensiferum, Equilibrium, Finntroll, Wintersun...
Joining the ranks at Sliptrick Records this week are Mexican Symphonic / Folk Metallers Cabrakaän
Cabrakaän was formed in Toluca, Mexico in 2012 and have been calling Canada home since first performing in the country at the 2017 Metalocalypstick Fest in Lone Butte, BC, where the beauty of the North won them over and encouraged them to make the grand decision to relocate.
Their debut EP, Songs From Anahuac, was unleashed in 2014 and displayed a mix of death, folk, and symphonic European influences with Pre-hispanic instruments, along with the storytelling of Mesoamerican mythologies (Aztec, Mayan, Tlaxcaltecan, Olmecan) plus Mexican folklore such as La llorona, La Bruja and Day of The Dead.
Wasting no time in Canada, Cabrakaän are currently completing production on their follow up album entitled Cem Anahuac My Home to be released via Sliptrick Records in 2019. The album will be an expression of pride for their roots, history and traditions along with their love for metal and traditional music from their home country of Mexico.
The band go on:-
“We are proud of our roots and our culture and we want to share it with the world through our music. When we are on stage, we try to give our fans a great experience by creating an atmosphere from the time of the Aztecs, using costumes and make up. The purpose of our live sets is to give fans more of our culture visually and musically so they can connect with us and enjoy the performance even more.”
Circle Of Witches are:
Pat Cuikani – Vocals
Marko Cipaktli – Drums
Alejandro Navarro – Guitar
Paolo Belmar – Guitar
Rex Darr – Bass Guitar
Sebastián Yankopek – Keyboards
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Voyagers! Take a seat, and let Valhalore help you find your Solace!
Solace is the first single taken from Valhalore’s upcoming acoustic EP Solace & Solitude – arriving November 30th. Check out the stunning video for this release!
LIMITED pre-orders available through Valhalore's website November 3rd! Sign up to Valhalore's official Fan-Club so you can be notified FIRST when these are available: www.valhalore.com/fan-club/
Solace & Solitude track listing:
2. A Rose for Epona (Eluveitie cover)
3. Guardians of Time (Acoustic)
4. The Bard’s Song (Blind Guardian cover)
Carving their way through the Australian metal scene like a Viking longship through tempestuous seas is Brisbane’s Epic Folk Metal powerhouse, Valhalore. Founded by guitarist Anthony Willis and vocalist Lachlan Neate in 2013, Valhalore has been making waves with their unique brand of metal since their live debut in late 2015.
Australian folk/symphonic metal rockers, Stormtide, have announced their new line up after the departure of previous vocalist, Dmitry. The band announced on October 2nd that Reuben Stone would be taking on the role.
"We are delighted to announce that founding member and keyboardist, Reuben Stone, will be taking on the role of lead vocalist for Stormtide. This decision cements in place the most solid line up Stormtide has ever had, and we can't wait to hit the stage again."
Stormtide are a four piece Symphonic Death Fantasy band hailing from Melbourne, Australia. Stormtide have performed alongside international acts Wintersun and Eluveitie, as well as having numerous Australian and New Zealand shows under their belt.
“[Stormtide is] the kind of music that you feel the urge to grab the biggest beer glass you’ve got, fill it up and drink along with the band” – Trendkill Magazine
Next Friday, Finnish folk metal superstars KorpikIaani will finally release their new studio album, Kulkija ("Wanderer"), through Nuclear Blast. To give their fans another taster of what to expect from the new record and a deep look inside the songs' creation, the group with Jonne Järvelä has launched the first part of a track-by-track series over on YouTube.
Watch the video below to learn more about the following songs:
02. Korpikuusen kyynel
03. Aallon alla
Part I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94I4_No8IKE
Check out KorpikIaani's latest single 'Aallon alla', here:
Pre-order Kulkija in various formats, here: http://nblast.de/KorpiklaaniKulkija
Pre-order the album digitally to receive 'Aallon alla', 'Henkselipoika', 'Harmaja' and 'Kotikonnut' instantly!
Pre-save Kulkija via Spotify: http://nblast.de/KORPIKLAANIPreSave
Listen to the tracks in the NB Novelties Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/nuclearblastrecords/playlist/6aw9wiedFzzhJiI96DhNhw
Kulkija will be available in the following formats:
- DIGI + BEER KOOZIE (NB Mailorder exclusive)
- 2LP (black, yellow)
With 14 tracks and a total running time of over 71 minutes, Kulkija is the group's longest album to date. Working with producer Janne Saksa for the first time, the album was recorded at Petrax Studio (Hollola, Finland) and mixed at Sound Supreme Studios (Hämeenlinna, Finland). Mastering duties were handled by renowned engineer Svante Forsbäck (Rammstein a.o.).
The cover was designed by Jan Yrlund (Battle Beast, Manowar etc.), who has already created several artworks for previous albums and singles for the band.
Founding member Jonne commented:
"We've never been as satisfied with a final result as we are with Kulkija. We tried to keep it very natural. Like the wanderer, this album is a journey, one that makes you feel good."
"Kulkija isn't just a collection of songs, it's a "real" album with a unique atmosphere guiding the listeners through a long journey. All songs were well prepared in advance and nothing needed to be arranged in the studio. Tuomas [fiddle] & I had lots of space to develop and play the folk arrangements."
Earlier this year, Global Music Award-winning nomadic folk metal group Tengger Cavalry turned heads with the release of their sixth album, Cian Bi, via Napalm Records. Now, the band is thrilled to announce their upcoming return to Carnegie Hall’s stunning Weill Recital Hall in New York City (154 W 57th St.) for a special performance on Thursday, September 20. The performance will begin at 8:00 PM and tickets start at $30. The performance will feature traditional nomadic musical techniques and instruments such as throat singing, Mongolian long song, and Morin Khuur. Visit this link for more information.
In celebration of this performance announcement, Tengger Cavalry have revealed a brand new music video for their track “Redefine”, cut from Cian Bi. The video acts as an artistic interpretation of the message that Tengger Cavalry’s music often represents – raising awareness for the preservation of Mongolian culture in the face of modernization and overall culture conflict. Watch the video now, exclusively via Heavy Consequence, Consequence of Sound’s brand new metal vertical: https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/08/tengger-cavalry-redefine-music-video/
Frontman Nature G explains in description of the video:-
“As core members of Tengger Cavalry and traditionally trained Mongolian folk musicians, both Wulijimuren and I immigrated from China to New York City several years ago. Being stripped away from the Nomadic Grassland and stepping into the very industrial and multi-cultural world of the Big Apple, we’ve both faced challenges of progressing and preserving the traditional Nomadic culture in our lives and in modern day. Unlike Viking trends, Nomadic culture still exists upon the Grasslands and horse riding landscapes in Northern China and is facing great danger in the face of modernization and industrialization from the South. This video represents the mixed challenge we, as Tengger Cavalry, are facing every day. It’s a video about cultural conflict, homeland, modern culture, progression and inner strength.”
Cian Bi can be ordered via iTunes, Amazon, and/or Google Play, and streamed via Spotify.
In January, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine retweeted the group's cover of “Symphony of Destruction,” while the previous month, the official Motörhead Facebook page reposted their rendition of “Fight.”
Tengger Cavalry has been praised by top media outlets such as Metal Hammer, Terrorizer, Billboard, CNN, The Huffington Post and countless others.
TENGGER CAVALRY is:
Nature G - Vocals, Dombra, Production, Composition
Wulijimuren - Morin Khuur
Greg Baker - Bass
Pat Reilly - Guitar
Randy Tesser - Drums
Presenting the ultimate folk metal opera in their debut album "Faerenus" released via Rockshots Records this past June. Italian newcomers KormaK have a new music video for the album's title track premiered via New Noise Magazine at the following link: https://newnoisemagazine.com/kormak-faerenus-video/
For fans of Ensiferum, Heidevolk, Amon Amarth and Folkearth, KormaK's debut album delves into the concept of madness and what this is caused by. Indeed "Faerenus" is the ethereal place where the hidden fears come to life by creating times, places and divinities where the mind self-evolves until all the memories are mutated into obsessive nightmares with no escape.
"Faerenus" is an album of secret symbols as well as obscure meanings, ending with the lullaby "Eterea El".
Album order here: http://bit.ly/Faerenus_PREORDER
Song Stream "The Goddess’ Song" - https://youtu.be/bcZI-QYDPW0
Denmark's Myrkur wins Metal Hammer’s 'Album Of The Year' award at Golden Gods Ceremony for 'Mareridt'
Renowned Danish composer and classically trained multi-instrumentalist, Myrkur’s, recent full-length release Mareridt was the recipient of Metal Hammer’s prestigious Album Of The Year Award at last night’s Golden Gods Ceremony, as chosen by the magazine’s editorial staff! A full list of winners is available here.
Mareridt is available for purchase via Relapse.com HERE and on all digital retail outlets HERE.
A full collection of Myrkur’s music videos and live performances is available AT THIS LOCATION.
On Mareridt (translation: Nightmare), Myrkur explores deeper into the mysterious and the feminine with 11 songs that further progress her visionary blend of metal with gorgeous, stirring melodies, dark folk passages, choral arrangements and superb, horrific beauty. The conceptual masterpiece includes lyrics in multiple languages, an unforgettable collaboration with Chelsea Wolfe and an array of special instrumentation including violin, mandola, folk drums, nyckelharpa (an ancient Swedish key harp), and Kulning (an ancient Scandinavian herding call).
Like a marriage of King Diamond's 'Them' with Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake', Mareridt is a carefully composed concept freed from genre - a profound manifestation of nightmares that demonstrates Myrkur as one of the truly exceptional artists of our time. The compositions sweep into one another like a soundtrack designed to guide the listener through emotional turmoil. Timeless, triumphant, powerful and hypnotic, Mareridt is a sonic nightmare that you never want to escape.
Amalie Bruun - all instruments and composition.
Myrkur Tour Dates:
Jun 28 Madrid, ES Download Madrid 2018
Jun 29 Varnial, LT Kilkim Zaibu Festival 2018
Jul 06 Roskilde, DK Roskilde Festival 2018
Jul 07 Roskilde, DK Roskilde Festival 2018 (Folkesange)
Jul 22 Brescia IT Colony Open Air
Jul 27 Tolmin, SI Metal Days
Aug 09 Jaromer, CZ Brutal Assault
Aug 18 Berlin, DE Pop-Kultur
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Italy's folk metal KormaK signs a worldwide deal with Rockshots Records!
Hailing from the south of Italy, newcomer folk metallers KormaK have just signed a record deal with Rockshots Records for the release of their debut album "Faerenus" in June!
The album inspects on the concept of madness and what this is caused by. Indeed "Faerenus" is the ethereal place where the hidden fears come to life by creating times, places and divinities, and the mind self-evolves until all the memories are mutated into obsessive nightmares with no escape."Faerenus" is a no-place covered of secret symbols as well as obscure meanings, ending with the lullaby "Eterea El" that commits you to leave that place no more. KormaK was born in October 2015 from an idea of the singer Zaira De Candia with the original line-up. The band takes its name from "The Kormak Saga", a fantasy literary work loved by all the band members.
The different influences of the musicians led the project to range in different genres, keeping the folk and Celtic metal as main topic. In March 2018 they realized their first single "The Goddess’ Song", available at the following link: https://youtu.be/bcZI-QYDPW0
The debut album "Faerenus" is set to be released on June 29, 2018 via Rockshots Records, and it's already available for pre-order here: http://bit.ly/Faerenus_PREORDER
If you are into Ensiferum, Heidevolk, Amon Amarth, Folkearth, you cannot miss the ultimate folk metal opera "Faerenus"!
Nordic symphonic metal masters Midnattsol have just released the official lyric video for the title track of their upcoming new album “The Aftermath” which will be released on May 25th via Napalm Records.
Midnattsol now has true full sister power featuring Liv Kristine and Carmen Elise! The name "Espenæs“ rightfully makes a lot of people swoon – as both sisters have been a vital part of a magnitude of gothic / symphonic / folk metal milestones. Until this point a supergroup involving both sisters sharing microphone duties was only the stuff only dreams were made of. Now it is a reality!
The band comments on the track:
“As a huge thank you for waiting for us all these years, here is another song for you before the release of our new album! It contains a message that we want to reach out with; What do you think it is?”
“The Aftermath” relies much more heavily on folk influences lending atmospheric density to the melancholic symphonic metal compositions. A sumptuous and sensual affair and a shimmering highlight in the discography of this German / Norwegian team! Enjoy the brand new video HERE!
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