Ukrainian Wacken Metal Battle 2018 winners Motanka release a stunning and dramatic 7 minute official video for their first single “Verba” (Ukrainian for “willow tree”) from their upcoming self-titled debut album. The video underlines the strong connection of the Mystic Metal four-piece to mystical nature and ancient traditions.
Motanka will release their self-titled debut album Motanka on June 7th via Napalm Records. Influenced by traditional Ukrainian folk music, metal tunes and modern electronica, the band creates a very unique mix that the band refers to as Mystic Metal. Motanka managed to capture the trance-like magic of their live shows on their debut, which leaves each and every stereotype behind and hypnotizes with heavy ethno soundscapes.
Motanka on “Verba”:
“One of the strongest songs that has powerful energy. The energy that all of us really need now. All we want to say is in it, all you want to know or ask, you will find in it.”
The Ukrainian lyrics in English:
Verba - Willow tree
A lonely willow tree stays in the field.
It is bended above the river.
It let its branches down,
It cries and fights…
Our language is like one of a nightingale.
Our land is the one and only.
A lonely willow tree
A lonely willow tree
Our souls are flying nearby,
They are praising their land.
Its branches are waving in the wind.
There are sprouts - you and me.
Our language is like one of a nightingale.
Our land is the one and only.
A lonely willow tree
A lonely willow tree
MOTANKA about their debut LP:
“For the album we recorded ancient instruments: dulcimer, ocarina and throat singing, combined with modern technologies, new instruments and analogue sound. This album is like our child, it grew, it learnt and became stronger and stronger. Every piece of the album is saturated with the mystical nature of Ukraine.We wrote most of the songs in our home town Lutsk the mystical centre of Ukraine. The power of the region remained and still is the same for ages.We have prepared the album for many years and are very excited to finally present it via Napalm Records.”
The mix of English and Ukrainian lyrics and instrumental songs underlines the diversity of Motanka. The album will be available in the following formats:
Motanka is the name of the traditional doll that ancient Ukrainians used as an overseer for their protection and for the communication with their ancestors.
Victor Verba (Zhalnin) - vocals, keyboard, dulcimer
Anatolii Zhalnin - guitar
Sergii Hodik (Khodorchuk) - bass-guitar, ocarinas
Dmytro Svarog (Diachenko) - drums, throat singing
The Mexican-based Aztec folk metal group Cemican – whose unique music incorporates elements of the legends, mysticism and ideologies of ancient Mexican culture – has signed with M-Theory Audio, who plans to release the group's new album in the late spring/early summer.
Cemican – who combine the modern instrumentation of a metal band with traditional pre-Hispanic instruments – experienced a breakout year in 2018. In addition to their new single/video “Guerreros de Cemican” receiving regular airplay on SiriusXM's Liquid Metal, the six-piece group was invited to perform at the Paris edition of the Download Festival and Germany's Wacken Open Air, as well as Force Fest – described by Revolver as “Mexico's premier open-air festival” – in their native country.
The band plans to build on their momentum on 2019, when they will return to Europe in both the winter – when they'll perform at France's Cernunnos Pagan Fest and Germany's Wacken Winter Nights – as well as the summer, when they will make their debut at the French festival Hellfest.
M-Theory label head Marco Barbieri explains the decision behind signing the band:-
“I was first exposed to the sound of Cemican upon hearing ‘Guerreros de Cemican’ played on Liquid Metal. Finding out more about this exciting new band I saw the captivating promo video (https://youtu.be/9UTRDQtpgL8) and that they were performing on some big shows. I was impressed and wanted to buy their record only to find that they were still unsigned and looking for a home. I immediately had to get in touch and share my enthusiasm and belief in the group and their musical and visual concept and here I’m proud to announce the forthcoming album and help further develop the band and spread their appeal.”
Xaman Ek states that:-
“Life is the centre of every culture, the mysticism and ancient sounds gathered in the path of the death, warrior blood and glory of an empire,”. “The rituals of the Aztecs lead by the war drums through the red path...todos somos guerreros.” (We Are All Warriors)
Formed in 2008, Cemican has independently released two albums to date – 2009's “Ometiliztli” and 2012's “Ticateh Ipan Miquixtlahuac.” More information on the group's new record – which will include “Guerreros de Cemican” in addition to other new tracks recorded in late 2018 – will be revealed in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/CemicanMex and Instagram @cemican_mex
Tlipoca – Drums
Tecuhtli – Guitar/vocals
Ocelotl – Bass/backing vocals
Yei Tochtli – Prehispanic Instruments
Mazatecpatl – Prehispanic Instruments
Xaman-Ek – Rituals/Dance/Prehispanic Instruments
A double single "Toona“ ("Before") and "Katk kutsariks“ ("Plague Coachman") from the new album are out today. The album release concert and Metsatöll’s 20th anniversary party will be held in cooperation with Eesti Kontsert in Rock Cafe on February 23, Tallinn, Estonia. The full album will be available the day after the release concert.
“Stay, companion, and think of the journey which you began when you first opened your eyes. It is you who is the coachman. And the horse you are too, and the burden you are carrying. But if you were ever to forget why the devil are you on this road, the Plague itself will seize the reins. Be you then prepared to suffer the consequences: the ones who sow the wind will have to reap the storm.” /Metsatöll 10232/
Metsatöll will release their 7th studio album "Katk Kutsariks“ on February 23. The album has 12 tracks from which a two-part song „Toona“ and „Katk kutsariks“ is released on radio today.
The album “Plague Coachman” was recorded and produced by Keijo Koppel and Metsatöll, in fall 2018 in Tallinn.
Front cover: Jüri Arrak “People with Bubo”, 2018. Lithography, coloured pencils. Private collection. Designed by Kristjan “Luix” Luiga.
Photography by Erlend Štaub.
Lyrics translated into English by Silver “Factor” Rattasepp.
KuriRaivo - bass, vocals
Tõnis - drums, vocals #
Markus - vocals, guitars
Lauri – vocals, torupill, flutes, kannel, instrument of angst, acoustic guitar
The album release concert will be held on February 23 in Rock Cafe, Tallinn, Estonia
On the stage will be:
Metsatöll with the original lineup
The Estonian National Male Choir
Tiit Kikas on the laser harp and the world’s first drone music instrument.
Tickets are on sale at Piletilevi:
Formed in 2012, the battle-hardened folk-metal warriors, Atorc of East Anglia have become a force to be reckoned with on the UK metal circuit, sharing stages with the likes of Evil Scarecrow, Whispered, Manegarm and Grimner they have already received praise for their diverse sound and powerful live show.
Atorc are now ready to release their first full length studio album titled ‘Under The Raven Banner’ which was produced, mixed and mastered by Danny B of HVR Studios. Utilising soaring classic metal vocals alongside harsh growls, over fleet-fingered guitar and violin work and raging double bass drumming, the group's music has drawn comparisons to the likes of Ensiferum, Turisas, Iron Maiden, Bal Sagoth and Bathory. The group will be releasing their successfully crowd-funded debut album 'Under The Raven Banner'
Atorc have said:-
“We are excited to introduce to the fans a new chapter in the sagas of Atorc, as we battle together “Under The Raven Banner”. We are all very proud of what we have accomplished, ’Under The Raven Banner’ represents the beginning of a new era for Atorc. This album features our best production and performances to date, and is packed with epic, anthemic songs - blending catchy folk-metal with black metal drum work and classic heavy metal vocals, while Huldra’s outstanding violin playing elevates the band’s sound to new heights that we know our heathen warriors will love to hear. “
Under The Raven Banner will be released on the 4th April 2019
Atorc will be performing on stage 2 at HRH Metal on Saturday 16th February 2019 with the likes of Trollfest and Decapitated headlining.
New Delhi based Indian Folk Metal band Bloodywood has released the official music video for their single, "Endurant." The viral metal trio first caught their US fans' attention with their metal rendition of the Indian folk song "Ari Ari," but has developed a sustained base of hard core followers with blistering original tracks fusing traditional Indian instrumentation with brutal guitars and mixed vocal stylings.
Check it out here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfjTbY2NzsM
"'Endurant' is a song for those who've faced or continue to face bullying in any aspect of life. We wanted to be as realistic and practical as possible with our message, which is why the song urges to endure and come out stronger rather than retaliate or fight back with force. The video, while maintaining the message of the song, also tries to establish that bullies are not another breed." - Karan Katiyar
Karan Katiyar - Guitars, Production, Programming
Jayant Bhadula - Vocals
Roul Kerr - Rap Vocals
On March 8th, the Faroe Islands' Tyr will release their eighth full-length, Hel, via Metal Blade Records. Hel is a collection of ruthlessly melodic and irresistibly compelling progressive folk metal that will immediately resonate with any who have followed the band at any point over the two decades of their storied career. For a preview of the album, the first single, "Fire and Flame", can be heard at: http://metalblade.com/tyr/ - where Hel can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:
--box set (digipak CD, drinking horn, leather belt clip, poster, autographed photo card - limited to 1000 copies)
--steel-blue / gray marbled vinyl (US retail exclusive - limited to 500 copies)
--clear mushroom brown marbled vinyl (US webstore exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--blue / white / black / red splatter vinyl (US webstore exclusive - limited to 100 copies)
--180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
--turquoise blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 500 copies)
--clear / blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
--bordeaux red /black marbled vinyl (EMP exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--olive marbled vinyl (Nuclear Blast exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
--white / blue marbled vinyl (Tutl exclusive - limited to 100 copies)
Known for their prolific nature - dropping their first five full-lengths in the space of just seven years - the six-year gap between Valkyrja (2013) and Hel is by far the longest between any two of their records. During that period the band toured hard, taking the album around the world, including a support run with Children Of Bodom in North America and an appearance on the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise. However, other factors played into this extended break between releases.
"We approached this one differently because I learned that if I continue doing albums in the way we had up to now, I would die from a heart attack before I'm 50! That's one of the reasons we changed our method and took such a long time on this one." says guitarist/vocalist Heri Joensen.
That this tactic - which also includes more songwriting contributions from bassist/vocalist Gunnar Thomsen and guitarist Terji Skibenæs than on previous releases - has been beneficial is borne out in the finished product, which is perhaps more immersive than those that came before.
"Musically it leans a bit towards our album, 'Ragnarok' (2005). It's a bit more epic and also much better worked through than any of our previous albums." It also marks the recording debut of drummer Tadeusz Rieckmann, who has manned the drum throne for Tyr's live shows since 2016." states Gunnar Thomsen
After their successful album Stonehymn, appearances at major festivals as Bloodstock Open Air and successful tours with bands like Finntroll, Wintersun, Ensiferum and Eluveitie, Wind Rose are now ready to continue their journey through mountains, ice and snow! Napalm Records is proud to be part of this journey from now on!
Wind Rose recently returned to their subterranean caverns to record a new studio album. There is a lot to expect for 2019. A dwarf doesn’t write songs. He smiths them against the anvil!
Sebastian Münch, A&R Napalm Records states:
“Napalm Records couldn't be more excited to announce the signing of Italy´s Epic Folk/Power Metal Band Wind Rose. The 2017 album release Stonehymn was a true masterpiece and should be very intriguing for fans of Turias, Ensiferum and Equilibrium! Raise the horns and welcome to the Napalm family!”
Wind Rose about the signing:
"We are extremely proud to be part of the Napalm family. It's great to have such big support behind our band and vision! The Dwarven army is now stronger than ever and so will be the next album. Get ready for something so powerful you won't believe your ears…The Dwarf and his army are coming and with them a the new wave of folk power metal!!"
Let the dwarves lead you “To Erebor” and feel the epic power of Middle-earth, as more than 1,3 million other viewers did before you!
WIND ROSE are:
Francesco Cavalieri - vocals
Claudio Falconcini - guitars
Federico Meranda - keyboards
Cristiano Bertocchi - bass
Federico Gatti - drums
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.
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