After four years of waiting the Czech Pagan metal band Odraedir is set to release their first full length album, 'Legends of the Dark Times'. At the end of February they already presented their first single 'Path of the Wolf' which is dedicated to the story of Geralt of Rivia, the main character of the famous fantasy cycle The Witcher, written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkovski. The album consists of nine songs, intro and outro and will be officially released on the turn of April and May.
The musical composition offers a number of melodies as well as powerful guitar riffs which are supplemented by an array of musical instruments such as bagpipes, flutes, violin, etc., contributing to the complexity of the overall composition. For up-to date information follow the band’s official YouTube channel and Facebook profile via links listed below.
Hungarian epic pagan death metallers Heroic have announced the release of their sophomore album, "Barbár"!
Heroic, which were formed in 2011, presents 10 brand new songs, two of them sung in Hungarian. The lyrics are inspired by C. G. Jung and reflect the development of the collective barbaric mind of the humanity.
The band has already supported acts such as Amon Amarth, Primordial, Cattle Decapitation, Theatres And Vampires, Christ Agony, Theos, to name a few.
You can listen "Barbár" Here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGaDk7arUraJGNmZaG7IoBg
Romania based Pagan Folk Black Metallers Ashaena present the second track from their newest full-length album, Calea, to get video treatment, Mos Urs! The video was produced by Bogdan Bilan, a close friend of the band, and is now available here: https://youtu.be/ZU29xtQz5TQ?list=PLuG35sX_XE5ZRxDjdK88aX1kHVeV3DmS7.
Stream / order Calea here:
Belarusian Pagan / Folk Metal band Kaira have released a new documentary of their exploits during 2016. It features great footage of the group onstage and some fun backstage clips from the making of recent official videos. Although the interviews are in Russian, the majority of the hour long piece concentrates on the visual side of things and is well worth watching to get a good look at Kaira’s unique approach and vision.
Belarusian Pagen / Folk Metal band Kaira have released a new documentary of their exploits during 2016. It features great footage of the group onstage and some fun backstage clips from the making of recent official videos. Although the interviews are in Russian, the majority of the hour long piece concentrates on the visual side of things and is well worth watching to get a good look at Kaira’s unique approach and vision.
Pagan/Folk metal band Vorgrum have teamed up with MetalRecusants.com to stream their new album Last Domain. The album is 10 tracks of epic metal for fans of Korpiklaani, Moonsorrow and Eluveitie. Last Domain will be released September 30th on Via Nocturna.
Stream the album here: http://metalrecusants.com/2016/09/26/stream-new-album-last-domain-from-paganfolk-act-vorgrum-exclusive/
Pre-order the CD here: http://store.vianocturna.com/vorgrum-last-domain-cd-p-1041.html
Entitled "From Carpathian Land", Ukraine's pagan metallers Paganland will release their new album on November 4th, 2016 via Svarga Music.
Paganland is deeply rooted in the endless woods of the Carpathians, their history and their cultural heritage – and such is the powerful Pagan Metal they create. Their third album “From Carpathian Land” is an exciting experience for fans of mid 90’s Pagan Metal with its heroic melodies and raw energy. Release contains a new version of their iconic track “Black Mountain” and would appeal to fans of old BORKNAGAR, SKYFORGER and MANEGARM.
German epic metal pioneers Equilibrium are very pleased to officially announce their new bass player Makki.
The band states:
"This time, we decided to take our time to pick a new member. We could've come up with the idea to hire Makki as our new bass player much earlier, since he has been on the road with us as our tour manager for many years and has already toured the world on his own. He has always been a part of the family and now we are happy to welcome him on stage with us!"
Makki himself added:
"July 2004: After a show, I'm buying this CD named ‘Demo 2003’ from our opening act 'EQUILI...what?', to support that rising underground act... and BAM! Twelve years later I am standing on stage together with Equilibrium. I am very grateful for the long friendship with the EQUI-family and I can't wait for the upcoming adventures and shows together with the best fans in the world! See you on the next gig..."
Makki will join Equilibrium on stage throughout their upcoming European festival run and autumn tour dates.
Recently, the band released the lyric video for the brand new track ‘Born To Be Epic’ via YouTube. Check it out here.
‘Born To Be Epic’ is now available as an instant-grat track when you pre-order ‘Armageddon’ digitally: http://bit.ly/EquilibriumDigital
The album Track-by-Track trailers can be seen here:
Part I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGmZ52nyblE&feature=youtu.be
Part II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhEyAWpOHbA&feature=youtu.be
The limited Digipak Edition includes a bonus CD with the instrumental version of the whole album.
You can pre-order ‘Armageddon’ here:
‘Armageddon’ Limited Edition 2CD Digipack + Exclusive Wallet Chain
‘Armageddon’ Limited Edition Double CD
‘Armageddon’ Limited Edition 2LP Purple Vinyl
‘Armageddon’ Digital Album
This time, the album was recorded, mixed and produced by René himself and was mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Los Angeles). The cover artwork was again created by Skadi Rosehurst.
‘Armageddon’ will be released on August 12th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records
Ashaena‘s second full-length album, Calea, is out now on Loud Rage Music! 7 tracks of melodic, fierce, emotional and mature Pagan Folk Black Metal celebrating the band’s first decade of activity.
Stream three tracks and / or order Calea here:
Here’s a video of Tapae 87, first track from Calea:
A few extracts from the initial press feedback:
That is really a good album. Ashaena kept us waiting for their second album seven years. On their debut album “Cei născuți din pământ” Ashaena proved that the metal Romania was not only Negura Bunget and surroundings… Those seven years of muteness have not been wasted. “Calea” sounds very mature in the layers of composition, atmosphere,arrangements and production. (Folk Metal Magazine)
The music combines seductive folk melodies inspired by Romanian ethnic traditions, performed in part on acoustic instruments, with often warlike metal intensity. The vocals in these three songs are clean, and range from deeply droning, to sadly lamenting, to heroically soaring. Emotionally affecting pagan / folk metal that’s worth further exploration… (No Clean Singing)
‘Calea’ has a lot to offer listeners, and it only seems to get better the further you dive into it. While the comparisons to some of the other Romanian metal bands is perhaps unavoidable given the similar use of folk instruments, Ashaena has carved out their own space and will appeal as much to fans of epic leaning melodic death metal / heavy metal as they will to the usual folk / pagan metal crowds. (Transcending Obscurity)
Stream three tracks and / or order Calea here:
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