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!
Infinitas aim at the Swiss charts! On May 4th the Swiss band around singer and energy bundle Andrea Böll releases their new 4-track single "Skylla“!
For the title track of the single, Infinitas also released an official music video on April 15th:
US Sci-Fi Metallers Xael to release debut album "The Last Arbiter" via Test Your Metal Records on May 18th
L-R - Xolotl - Bass / Back Vocals, Tuurm - Lead Guitar / Back Vocals, Nassaru - Lead Vocalist / Guitar / Studio Drummer, Sorgiem - Lead Guitar - Photo Credit: Shannon Wells
Test Your Metal Records are proud to announce they will unleash North Carolina sci-fi metallers Xael's debut album "The Last Arbiter" on May 18th, 2018.
Combining elements of extreme metal with orchestrations and folk music to create soundscapes for the imagination, the sci-fi inspired band's music focuses on the endeavours of its members in a science fantasy epic. From the wastelands of war torn planets to the pits where the fallen gods dwell, Xael paints an odd and fantastic world musically and visually. The band was founded by Nassaru of Rapheumets Well as well as Sorgiem “Daniel Presnell,” Tuurm “Alex Rush”, and Xolotl “Fernando Ortega and is joined by musical artist is Rei Haycraft, Firran “Joshua Morse” and Zabrûz “Chris Hathcock.”
"Xael started out as a personal project that evolved into a unity of like-minded musicians. The music derives inspiration from extreme metal, folk and tribal music, as well as 80's synth and sci-fi textured scores. We are very excited to for people to see the handwork and detailed time we put into this album given the limited resources we had. Xael "The Last Arbiter" is not just a musical regurgitation but a unique experience that follows an intrinsic story. Our characters, emotions, and trials of life are woven throughout the album as we aim to bring a very diverse and immersive album to our growing fan base."
A teaser for the album can be viewed at https://youtu.be/eHw9zZVlPL0
Music Video - Apathy of The Immortal - https://youtu.be/Y6MB9RFKhjg
Music Video - The Last Arbiter - https://youtu.be/pDiWtgZiLiE
Album pre-order available on Xael's official website here and TYM's Bandcamp here.
“The Last Arbiter” Album summary:
The sky ghost, the wayfarer, the shadow of time, the exile; he is called by many names yet for the Immortal, he is cursed to traverse the cosmos aimlessly, searching for an unattainable purpose. Chained to him is a beast, a demon from antiquity who the immortal keeps as a reminder of his past.
Upon the corridors of the Tymeer capitol the immortal presents his seemingly profound doctrine called the “Compendium of Ethical Symbiosis” which outlines a harmonious way of governing and regulating the various civilizations under the ruling regime through casting down warmonger ideologies and laws which degrade the value of its species.
Though momentarily entertained, the ruling counsel of Tymeer dismisses the wisdom of the wayfarer. Passing through the city gates tired and morally degraded, the immortal along with his insidiously chained demon wanders into the wastelands of Tymeer. It is here that his journey begins
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Moscow folk metal band Foxtale have released their debut album "Сказания Севера” via Musica Productions. Album was recorded at "Old Factory" from February to September of 2017 with sound producer Igor Korolev. Artwork by Alexey Fedoseev.
Александр Васильев - вокал
Андрей Загорнов - гитара, хор
Анатолий Круглов - гитара, хор
Евгений Алаев - бас-гитара, хор
Андрей "Андреев" - ударные
Анна Ерилина - скрипка (сессионно)
Italian Folk Metallers Kanseil sign with Rockshot Records; "Fulìsche" out May 25th (EU), June 8th (N.A.)
Rockshots Records is proud to announce the signing of Italian folk metal Kanseil. Formed in 2010, the band are a 21st century version of their land’s rich-story telling tapestry, they are bards with instruments, musical archaeologists, excavating the sounds and stories of their country’s past to create something new, beguiling and beautiful.
Inspired by Eluveitie, Skyforger, Arkona, Agalloch and Alcest plus having performed with the likes of Korpiklaani, At The Gates, Enslaved, Folkstone, Manegarm, Arkona, and Omnia, KANSEIL will be releasing their second full length "Fulìsche" in 2018 on May 25th for Europe and June 8th for North America. The album follows their 2015 debut "Doin Earde" released on Nemeton Records.
The band comments:
“'Fulìsche' are the sparks of a fire moving away from the element they were born from, they shine in their own glow and you can watch them for a few instants before they disappear forever in the dark…In the same way mankind’s stories live in the collective memory until they take flight and you have a limited time to look at them and catch their beauty before they’re lost.”
"Fulìsche" is available for pre-order at the following link: http://bit.ly/Fulìsche_PREORDER
Andrea Facchin (Lead Vocals)
Federico Grillo (Guitars)
Davide Mazzucco (Guitars, Bouzouki)
Dimitri De Poli (Bass)
Luca Rover (Drums)
Luca Zanchettin (Bagpipes, Kantele)
Da Re (Whistles, Rauschpfeife)
Orlando based Gothic Folk Metal band URN has released the official music video for their single, "Silently, I'm Still Screaming," off of their 2015 released LP, Epiphany. The band's newly announced members, keyboardist Cleve Hall (SyFy’s “Monster Man”) and drummer Eric James Peterson (ex-Electric Hellfire Club) are featured in “Silently, I’m Still Screaming” from their Epiphany LP released on Dark Moon Records.
"Many fans had given feedback that this song was one of their more favourites off of the album, so we wished to honour them by doing this video. We also wished to showcase our guitarist, Christopher Migdalski's lead work on this song, as he has been a role model for those afflicted with Parkinson's Disease and how to overcome disabilities to still pursue his life dream. Our hope is that this will inspire those to continue on in their battle and achieve whatever dreams/goals that they have." - URN
Watch the video here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxnRzmpoxRw
Mr. Hall had become friends with the band a couple years ago when attending a Hollywood tour date of theirs back in 2015 and expressed interest in producing a video. Over time during their collaboration, it was discovered that Mr. Hall was an accomplished musician and worked with several bands in the Los Angeles are in the 1980s such as Exquisite Corpse and Mad Love. Cleve filled in on keyboards for URN’s 2016 West Coast tour and appeared and helped produce the new promotional video.
Mr. Peterson was the original drummer of the Electric Hellfire Club whom URN frontman/guitarist Dominic St. Charles was also an alumni member. The two had an opportunity to connect during the EHC’s 25th anniversary/farewell concert last year at The Orpheum Theater in Tampa and wanted to continue to work with each other afterwards. Eric Petersen also was recently the touring drummer for former American Idol alum James Durbin.
The video was filmed in Los Angeles, CA by Jackie Bones for Steal Your Ghost Productions and additional footage was filmed by Noel McD of Global Rapture Productions (Melbourne, FL) who also edited the video. URN had worked with Global Rapture previously on their 2015 video “Cast in Amber” which was the first single released of the Epiphany album. Dominic St. Charles co-directed the video with Mr. Bones. URN wishes to acknowledge and thank those who contributed to the crowd funding campaign to help make this video possible. These individuals will get an exclusive private viewing before the actual release of the video to the public.
URN has also completed the writing process on their sixth album which is tentatively entitled “;”(Semicolon) and have been in talks with Thom Hazaert (Thom Hazaert Company/Ellefson Music Productions) to produce the upcoming album with a potential 2018 release date. The band also is in the process of booking tours that will have them return to Canada and Mexico in 2018.
Featuring members from Elvenking, Evenoire, and Sound Storm, Italy’s Shadygrove will be releasing their debut album "In The Heart of Scarlet Wood" via Rockshots Records on April 6th. Fans of Blackmore’s Night and Loreena McKennitt will find much to love on this debut album with its acoustic heaviness being truly original and special. Shadygrove make music as fresh as tomorrow’s dawn.
Violinist Fabio ‘Lethien’ Polo comments:
“Folk, ethnic, acoustic Celtic pop. We are trying to bring the popular music of our regions, mixed with Celtic and Medieval music, to a more modern view without altering its soul. We write very evocative songs to guide the listener on a journey to where nature still rules.” -
Vocalist Lisy Stefanoni adds:
“We love the different styles of folk music and the various approaches of the main musicians. We also love the Celtic music. In the metal genre, folk metal inspires us the most. We listen to bands like Eluveitie, In Extremo, also symphonic projects like Ayreon and The Gentle Storm. Those who love folk-metal will certainly appreciate our songs because we all come from that musical background. We take our fans on a journey to a place where myths are real and there is evidence of the magic forces of our planet. In this world the listener can meet legendary creatures walking into enchanted landscapes or see ancient rituals happening.”
Teaming up with Bravewords.com, Shadygrove are premiering their new video for the first single "Scarlet Wood".
Watch it now at this link: http://bravewords.com/news/exclusive-shadygrove-featuring-elvenking-sound-storm-evenoire-members-debut-scarlet-wood-music-video
“In The Heart of Scarlet Wood” is set for release via Rockshots Records on April 6th, 2018 and available for pre-order here.
Simone Morettin - Drums, Ethnic Percussions
Fabio “Lethien” Polo - Violin
Lisy Stefanoni - Vocals, Flute
Matteo Comar - Guitar
Davide Papa - Bass)
Elena Crolle - Keyboards
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