“From the cold northern lands, from the far darker worlds, from the altars of long-forgotten gods, they brought their bloody flags. They know the paths that lead to dangerous predators who are plagued by constant hunger. To the places of ancient and unbridled magic. To the distant lands of elves and dwarves. To the horrors of darkness that fears even death. They came only to those who dare to look in the eyes of their luck.”
Ukrainian folk metal band Midgard, started in 2015 playing in the folk metal, Viking metal and fantasy metal genres. The groups music and lyrics give an atmosphere that tell a variety of fascinating stories and take you to mystical worlds. Fast drumming, hard guitar riffs, all mingling with air flutes, will take the listeners to other dimensions – where power and magic are in endless battle. Where every step is another chance to look into the incredible.
The group put on a great live show experience, and have already played with bands such as:-
Ensiferum, Percival Schuttenbach, Nokturnal Mortum, Space of Variations, etc.
Every Midgard performance has always provided powerful headbanging, slamming and mosh-pit mayhem. Their third album, Tales Of Kreia is due out on Sliptrick Records later in 2020.
Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | VK | On Sliptrick
Italian Folk Metallers Kanseil release first single and lyric video 'Boscars'; taken from the new EP
Italian folk metallers Kanseil have unleashed the lyric video 'Boscars', first single off the upcoming acoustic EP ‘Cant Del Corlo’ (Chant of the Spinning Wheel) coming out next February 7th via Rockshots Records.
The song is available as digital single on the major online stores, paired with an official lyric video on YouTube:
YouTube ➤ https://youtu.be/V3qIm2_eDKU
Spotify ➤ https://spoti.fi/2QZfkgW
iTunes ➤ https://apple.co/2R4p5KV
Pre-orders of the new EP 'Cant del Corlo' are now available at the Rockshots Records' official store:
The record is a concept album inspired by the four seasons, a perennial cycle that escapes human control. The spinning wheel (‘Corlo’) becomes the eternal wheel that makes us mortal. Four epic songs with extra atmospheric intro and outro allow the listener to dive into the mood of the seasons, becoming inevitably part of the endless flow of time. Even if the acoustic mood has always been pervading Kanseil’s creations, they wanted to dare a step further by releasing a record without any electric instrument.
The record was recorded, mixed and mastered by Luigi Stefanini at New Sin Studio, produced by Kanseil. The artwork was created by Manuel Scapinello and Giulia Zuliani.
Portuguese Viking Metallers Gwydion signs with Art Gates Records; new album to be released in November 2020
Gwydion is a Folk Viking Metal band from Portugal, the most renowned band in their country for their genre, with more than 25 years of experience in the Metal scene.
This six pieced combo was formed back in 1995. Their music combines epic melodies and harmonies with extraordinary choirs and raging vocals, combining the best part of the Viking culture and the Metal music genre. Check it yourself in the latest lyric video for the track Thirteen Days.
In the words of the band:
"We are extremely proud to be part of the AGR family. It's great to have such big support behind our band and vision. Our army is now stronger than ever and so will be the next album. Get ready for something so epic you won't believe your ears…we are coming back, so get ready Beerzerkers raise your horns for our fifth album!"
After releasing four albums of studio: "Ynys Mon" (2008), "Horn Triskelion" (2010), "Veteran" (2013) and "Thirteen" (2018), touring along with Tyr, Hollenthon, Alestorm and Svartstot, the band will release their fifth album through Art Gates Records worldwide in November 2020.
Swedish Melodic Folk / Black Metallers Wormwood nominated for 'Best metal album of the year' at P3 Guld
The Swedish melodic folk/black metal-band Wormwood has been nominated in the best metal/rock album-category of the year by P3 Guld. The gala will be held in Gothenburg in January 2020.
Vote for ’Nattarvet‘ now: https://www.p3guld.se
P3 Guld is an award ceremony that was established in 2003 by the national Swedish radio station P3 and is being held in the beginning of every new year. The P3 Guld award has been given out to outstanding artists in the music field and consists of nine different categories.
This year‘s gala will take place on January 18, 2020 and broadcasted live on national television. The jury consists of music experts as well as the vote of the Swedish people. Past winners include huge global artists such as Avicci, The Hives and Robyn and in the metal category you‘ll find Sweden‘s finest metal exports Opeth, In Flames and the ever so popular shock rock band Ghost.
The Swedish melodic folk/black metal-band Wormwood raised critical acclaim among the global music press with their sophomore full length “Nattarvet”. A concept album about the Swedish winter landscape and the famine in the end of the 19th century.
Ancient Roman metal pioneers ADE have just unleashed "Imperator," second single from the new album Rise of the Empire.
With Rise of the Empire, ADE aims to educate listeners more on ancient history of Rome, specifically the age of Caesar. Still entrenched in traditional old-school death metal, Rise of the Empire delivers a more mature yet aggressive album suitable for old and new generations of fans interested in the Ancient Rome and epic death metal at its purest.
"Imperator" is available as official audio track and digital single:
Digipak Deluxe Editions of Rise of the Empire pre-orders are available at the official record label store at http://bit.ly/ADE_preorder.
Rise of the Empire is due out for a worldwide release on November 8 via Extreme Metal Music / Rockshots Records. The album's stunning artwork was created by Fabio Timpanaro. Album production was handled by Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studios (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour of Penance).
Also check out the first single, "Empire," available as lyric video and digital single:
Long running Australian folk metallers, Valhalore recently released an epic music video for their new single Legacy.
Watch it here:- https://youtu.be/lzATM5RAMGE
The bands vocalist Lachlan Neate comments on the track:-
"Legacy is an impassioned cry for the every man to stand up and be counted! We find ourselves awake and aware on a habitable rock hurtling through space as old as time itself. Why not live epically and be remembered?! This song aims to incite a fire within the listener to appreciate their life, look within for what drives them, and to then go forth and 'conquer the day'!"
The video has clocked up an incredible 177 000 views on the bands Facebook post and has received unanimous praise from fans all over the world for its outstanding production values courtesy of Third Eye Visuals.
Catch Valhalore in the coming weeks as they join Finland’s legendary Kalmah on their Australian tour
Thursday, October 31: Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane
Friday, November 1: Crowbar, Sydney
Sunday, November 3: Max Watts, Melbourne
Tickets on sale now via - www.overdrivetouring.com
Formed in 2013, Valhalore have been carving a path through the Australian metal landscape like an unstoppable Viking longship. Drawing upon elements of Melodic Death, Power, and Symphonic Metal, as well as folk music and cinematic scores, Valhalore weave a musical tapestry that is both breathtaking and awe-inspiring. With haunting melodic passages, crushing riffs, and heartfelt lyrical journeys, Valhalore awakens a sense of majesty within all who hear them.
Regarded as one of the most engaging live acts in the scene today. Their 2017 “Voyage Across Australia” tour saw the band play to a sold out Brisbane album launch, and hordes of screaming fans night after night, further solidifying their place as masters of their craft. The band have shared stages with notable global acts such as Kamelot, Eluveitie and Insomnium as well as Australian luminaries Be’Lakor and Lagerstein. In 2018 they made their international debut travelling to Japan in support of Ensiferum, Trollfest and Wind Rose.
Lachlan Neate – Lead Vocals, Mandolin & Cello
Anthony Willis – Guitar & Vocals
Lucas Fisher – Guitar & Vocals
Sophie Christensen – Low Whistle & Tin Whistle
Matthew Grimley – Bass Guitar
Morgan O'Sullivan – Drums
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Listen to Valhalore
Apple | Spotify | Bandcamp | YouTube
Joining the ranks at Sliptrick Records this week are Russian Instrumental Folk Metal / Progressive Hard Rock trio Helena Aleksandre’s (we prefer Avant-Garde Folk Metal).
The group is led by Helena who was born in Kostroma, Russia. She started playing guitar at 15 and took the next 5 years learning to understand her music and discover the talent to create music in her own style. Helena is joined by vocalist Vera Moore who also writes the text for the songs and Stasy Short who plays classical guitar and is also fond of playing bass guitar and synthesizer.
Helena Aleksandre’s music combines several styles. There is no framework for the compositions and the music specifically tries to avoid copying anyone. In any song, you may find a lot of non-recurring moments, which makes each song interesting and makes you want to listen to it several times. Influences include Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and Kipelov while the sound has elements of folk, metal and progressive hard rock.
The all female line-up was created a year ago in 2018 with the band accumulated tracks ready for their debut album due to be released worldwide via Sliptrick Records.
Helena Aleksandre’s are:
Helena Aleksandre – Composer/Lyrics/Guitarist
Vera Moore – Vocals/Lyrics
Stasy Short – Guitarist
Band links: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | On Sliptrick
Masterful Norwegian storytellers Wardruna sign to Sony Music/Columbia Records for the world, and announce European tour dates for 2020. Dates below with tickets going on sale on 11th October at 10am BST, 11am CEST. Details of the upcoming album shall be revealed in due course.
Einar Selvik comments:
“Wardruna has been a DIY to-the-bone kind of project since the very beginning. Slowly and patiently evolving. Working hard and always keeping the art itself as the primary decisive factor. This will never change for me, and so having people on our team that also embrace this way of working is paramount. Partnering up with Sony Music / Columbia Records is a new steppingstone for us and I am very confident that this new addition to the team will give us new opportunities to further develop our art and take it to the next level.”
2019 marks ten years since Wardruna’s first release. A series of sold out shows at prestigious concert venues around the world culminate in the highlight of the fall; Wardruna will perform in the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in the United States, followed by sold out European tour. The group's critically acclaimed “Runaljod” trilogy based on the Nordic runes reached its conclusion and was followed by a stripped-down, fully acoustic album exploring the ancient poetic traditions of the Skalds. This spring, a new chapter for the band will start. New music is being worked on as well as further steps in the band´s concert production.
“I don’t wish to reveal too much at this point but can say that we are now deep into the process of writing and recording a new album. When Wardruna gets up from the current studio-hibernation and initiate the concert-year of 2020, it is clearly allowed to hope for new music!" Says Einar Selvik.
WARDRUNA 2020 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
28 Mar - Oslo (NOR) - Sentrum Scene
2 Apr - Kristiansand (NOR) - Kilden Teater
3 Apr - Stavanger (NOR) - Konserthus
4 Apr- Bergen (NOR) - Grieghallen
30 Apr - Moscow (RUS) - Crocus City Hall
01 May - St. Petersburg (RUS) - Yubileyny Sports Palace
03 May - Poznan (POL) - Hala Ziemi
04 May - Krakow (POL) - ICE Congress Center
05 May - Bratislava (SVK) - Refinery Gallery
07 May - Belgrade (SRB) - Sava Centar
08 May - Bucharest (ROM) - Arena Romanele
04 Jun - Manchester (UK) - Albert Hall
05 Jun - Dublin (IRL) - Vicar St.
06 Jun - Birmingham (UK) - Symphony Hall
07 Jun - Glasgow (UK) - Royal Concert Hall
09 Jun - London (UK) - Royal Festival Hall
10 Jun - Cambridge (UK) - Cambridge Corn Exchange
01 Aug - Savonlinna (FIN) - Savonlinna Opera Festival
21 Sep - Reykjavik (ISL) - Harpa
For Norwegian Folk Metallers Elvarhøi choosing the 30th October to release their long-awaited debut full-length album "Dansen låter fra graven åter" was a no brainer, because fifteen years ago to the day is when the band itself was formed.
To celebrate the impeding release Elvarhøi have debuted a video for a track from the album. Titled "Vertshuset Dovregubben" the video is in the form of a fascinating screen capture of the work of artist Even Mehl Amundsen, taking the viewer through the process he underwent to create the beautifully detailed cover art for "Dansen låter fra graven åter".
The video can be seen on YouTube at https://youtu.be/6tZEOXPmcoA
The single can also be purchased or streamed at: https://elvarhoi.fanlink.to/dovregubben
The track itself tells the story of a plucky youngster who, one especially cold winter night, comes across an invitingly warm tavern, filled to overflowing with all sorts of characters and strange artefacts. Here he witnesses his first hanging - that of a fiddler accused of possessing the good people of the town. As the noose tightens, it generates a tone that resonates within the fiddle, which starts to play on its own, and before his mind's eye the fiddler can see the long afterlife amongst the hills that awaits him, and all the others in the room.
It may seem that fifteen years is a long incubation period for a debut album, but during its making Elvarhøi underwent a journey filled with doubt, dispossession and ultimately death and defeat. But with determination the band have come up with "Dansen låter fra graven åter", an album of which its members can be rightly proud.
Produced by the band and recorded between the winter of 2017 and the summer of 2019 at Rönnhögen Lydvær, Elvarhøi's home studio in the Swedish woods, with additional recording at Studio Hemstad in Holter, it was mixed by Markus Skroch at the Kalthallen Studio and mastered by Magnus «Devo» Andersson (MARDUK) at his Endarker Studio.
Elvarhøi's line-up of Christopher Rakkestad (RAGNAROK, JORDSKIPSTYRANN) on Bass & Vocals, Magnus Wandås on the Hardanger Fiddle, Sean Murphy on Flutes, Carl Engstrøm (ASTAROTH, DØDSFALL, KVALVAAG, SARPEDON, TROLL, MOLOCH, to name but a few) on Drums, and Martin Langebraaten (SARPEDON, RAVEN WING, FROSTHEIM, SOLMUND) on Guitars, brings with it musicians whose backgrounds span Folk Metal and Extreme Metal, as well as traditional Norwegian and Celtic folk music. The band's songs mirror the profane world in a language of Faerie and adventure, and the eclectic backgrounds of its members enables Elvarhøi to create a down-to-earth sound and style that is redolent of the golden age of Folk Rock, whilst bringing it firmly into the realm of modern Folk Metal.
The sound of the album is a joyous mix between the distinct timbre of Norwegian Folk Music and 70s Rock and Prog, draped over the bones of Heavy Metal. The songs range from triumphant metal anthems, to soft and lush "folk singer-esque" ballads. As songwriter and bassist, Christopher Rakkestad, explains:
"When Elvarhøi started up in 2005 we concentrated on medieval ballads, with a focus on paying homage to the cultural heritage of the romantic era. We've had an incredibly long musical journey since then, where we held Norwegian folk music up against the backdrop of everything from Black Metal to contemporary music. "Dansen låter fra graven åter" bears the mark of this entire journey, and today we have become a band who boldly cross any musical boundary in order to tell the story we want to share. Our aim is to give something positive to the listener.
The title "Dansen låter fra graven åter" is a line from the debut single "Vertshuset Dovregubben" , in which the fiddler must die after having caused too much senseless revelry. And when the tune keeps playing from beyond the grave, that's when the party finally kicks into the magical sixth gear. Magnus Wandås, fiddler and lyrical mastermind of the band, explains about the choice of title and the process the band went through to produce the album :
"Dansen låter fra graven åter" translates into something like 'The dance continues from beyond the grave.' A few years ago, we would have told you that this album, or any album, would never survive our work process. But we're far too stubborn to quit, no matter how monumental the task is. And since we wholeheartedly believe in the strength of this material, we couldn't ever let it go. This attitude could easily have been our downfall, but it must have proved to be a strength. Why? Because here we are, back from the grave and stronger than ever for having gone through the ordeal.
"Dansen låter fra graven åter" will be released by Elvarhøi's own label Ramljod Records, in both Jewel Case CD format complete with a 24-page booklet, and digital format. It is now available to pre-order from https://elvarhoi.bandcamp.com
Elvarhøi will be debuting the new album live in Oslo on the 19th October at the Rock In. Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/396486787592019/
Band Contact and Booking: firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the success of the 'snuff prevention' music video for the track "Rudra", Switzerland's Folk / Heavy metallers Infinitas have released a new lyric video for the track "Amon", both tracks being extracted from the band's latest full-length "Civitas Interitus".
The track is about the lives of many people whose job gives them no satisfaction: "One second in Heaven, forever in Hell".
You can watch the lyric video for "Amon" at this location: http://watch.infinitasband.ch/amon/
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