Polish pagan group Varmia – who pay tribute to their Baltic roots by combining black metal with traditional instruments such as the goat horn and the tagelharpa – have revealed their first new music since 2021’s ‘bal Lada’ album. The new song “Oddal” is presented as a standalone video (no digital single at this time) and comes as an introduction for the intriguing and unique group’s next chapter. The music video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/OEYpZyj1ANU
“In the near future we will share our three new pieces. A musical and visual triptych, which in fact is a prologue to what’s next to come,” further explains vocalist/guitarist Lasota. “For the first time in our history, we’ve felt that the album needs some sort of introduction, an opening. So, here’s the first lift of the veil. ‘Oddal’ is a Polish word for seclusion, distance and isolation. We invite you there.”
“Oddal” opens the band’s new EP, ‘Prolog,’ that will be released January 6th across all digital platforms. You can pre-save or pre-order ‘Prolog’ now at www.smarturl.com/varmiapresave
Varmia was formed in 2016 by composer Lasota with a mission of fusing black metal with musical influences that pay tribute to the ancient Baltic tribes of the historical Warmia region of northern Poland. Vocally, harsh growls shroud the band's music and native Polish lyrics in a visceral aura, the only breaks occurring when using the traditional, ancient technique of “whitevoice” clean singing as utilized during ancient East-Central European rituals, rites of passage and festivals. Meanwhile, the power of the band's metal influences are enhanced by traditional ethnic instrumentation of the Baltic Rites via sounds of tagelharpa, goat horn, wood tuba and krivula. The final result is a compelling mix of dark metallic sounds that channel the spirit of early Enslaved, Satyricon and Wolves in the Throne Room and folk elements that drive acts such as Wardruna and Heilung.
Varmia has released three albums to date – 2017's ‘Z mar twych,’ 2018's ‘W ciele nie’ and 2021’s international release, ‘bal Lada,’ their first collaborating with M-Theory Audio. The group records all of their music in culturally significant remote locations throughout their native Poland.
More information on Varmia and the upcoming release of the ‘Prolog’ EP will be unveiled by M-Theory Audio in the weeks to come, and by Varmia.
Ukraine's pagan black metal band Paganland release new single - "Under The Black And Red Banner Of War"! Now available on all streaming platforms:
The single was recorded by Paganland in 2021-2022 during the Russo-Ukrainian War. The band founder and keyboardist Andrii Shalai is defending freedom and independence of Ukraine since February 2022 as a trooper of Ukrainian Armed Forces, 80th Separate Air Assault Brigade.
Paganland started in 1997 in Lviv as a studio project by two musicians: Bilozor and Ruen (Andrii Shalai). Two years later they recorded their first demo Gods Of Golden Circle and completed the band’s line-up with session musicians. In 2003 the second demo Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors was recorded (without Ruen, he wasn’t in Ukraine at that time).
This demo was released in 2008 by Ukrainian label Black Art Prods as a split with Tini Zabutyh Predkiv. Ruen comes back to Ukraine in 2009 and starts to work with the new line-up on the first LP. This album, called Wind Of Freedom was recorded in 2011 and released in 2013 via Svarga Music. In 2013 Paganland start to work on their second album Fatherland, which was released two years later via the same label.
In 2015 the band passed through some line-up changes and start to work on their third album From Carpathian Land, which was released in 2016 via Svarga Music and in 2018 via Japanese label Hidden Marly Prods. The band has also recorded a two-track EP Belted By Spirit that was available on the band’s official Bandcamp. Also in 2017 Paganland played their XX anniversary show. Later it was recorded and released as live album by Azermedoth Prods. In 2020 band released their 4th full-length album called Galizier - dedicated to Galicia, history of this land and fights for freedom. The album will be released via Japanese label Blackest Records.
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Following in the wake of FORTÍÐ's highly praised sixth album, "World Serpent", which also won the prestigious "album of the month" titles in German magazines Metal Hammer and Sonic Seducer, the band now offers a first glimpse of great things to come in the shape of the two-track EP "Dómur um dauðan hvern" ("Judgement of Everyone Dead"). The Icelandic pagan black metal trio now reveals the lyric video single 'För' ("Journey") as a tasty sample of the MCD, which is slated for release on November 18, 2022.
"The first track on the 'Dómur um dauðan hvern' EP is called 'För', which translates to 'journey', but the word can also be taken to mean 'marks' as in the plural of a mark", mastermind Einar Eldur Thorberg aka Einar Thorberg Guðmundsson explains. "Well, both translations apply in this case, because this song deals with mankind's journey throughout the ages and the indelible marks that we leave behind."
With their two-track EP "Dómur um dauðan hvern" ("Judgement of Everyone Dead"), FORTÍÐ sent out an impressive sign of life. The Icelandic pagan black metal outfit continues in the massive footprints that their current album "World Serpent" has left. Epic Icelandic melodies, sharp riffing that draws from black, death, thrash, and heavy metal as well as Einar Eldur Thorberg's distinct vocals combine into fiery and spirited new songs.
At the end of December 2020, FORTÍÐ were visibly on the rise. Having moved back to Iceland and with a new line-up, mastermind Einar scored heavily with "World Serpent" in soundchecks, end of the year lists in the press and with sales soaring as well, it looked like those descendants of the Vikings were about to set sail again and take the world by storm. The world had other plans. For all too well known reasons, FORTÍÐ ended up stuck at home instead of touring.
Instead of twiddling thumbs, FORTÍÐ decided to hone their weapons by writing new material and to weather out the global storm season in their rehearsal room and later in the studio to make the best out of the situation. The first new songs on "Dómur um dauðan hvern" demonstrate that "World Serpent" was not an accidental success, but that this album represents a new height, which the Icelanders, with many years of experience under their belts and still burning with passion, have securely reached and hold on to.
Russian Slavic folk metal band Sieta have just released their debut album "Novgorod". It is a historical concept album about the uprising of the ancient city of Novgorod against the baptism of Rus.
The best way to experience it is to watch this video:
Link to major platforms: https://band.link/5Tzo1
Ever since bursting onto the scene in 2000, Budapest’s Bornholm has been an unstoppable force in the black and pagan metal scene. Touring with household names like Ex Deo, Varg, Arkona and many more, the Hungarian four-piece powerhouse has made a name for themselves with spectacular live shows and four tremendous studio albums. Now, Bornholm are ready to take their career to another level with leading Austrian metal label Napalm Records as a strong partner by their side!
Listen to Bornholm’s Primaeval Pantheons in full HERE
Bornholm singer and guitarist Sahsnot about signing to Napalm Records:
“The time has come to bring you some great news. We spent the last two years working harder than ever. In the meantime, the world changed completely, but it had no influence on us at all. We began to work on our next record - we have the toughest, longest and most unforgettable work period behind us. As a result, we have signed with Napalm Records, currently one of the best and strongest record labels. It means huge progress for us and we hope the new record will live up to its hopes. We are really grateful for them as they put their trust in the record and the band. A new era begins in our lives and I think we’ve found our place.”
New music from Bornholm’s upcoming fifth studio album via Napalm Records will be announced soon!
Latvian group Varang Nord release their new single 'Cinis Gors' taken from their forthcoming album "Pārķiuņa Uomurs", set for release via Sliptrick Records on February 11th. Cinis Gors is a battle anthem capturing the spirit of a hard long sea travels and conquests Northmen have been involved in.
Check out "Cinis Gors" here:- https://youtu.be/ndpCIjd6gTo
Varang Nord are a folk / pagan metal band from the cold woodlands of Latvia. Their songs praise mighty battles, bloody sacrifices to the Old Gods and joyful northern feasts with endless mugs of ale.
Pārķiuņa Uomurs | Released February 23rd 2021 via Sliptrick Records
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Polish pagan alchemists Varmia – who pay tribute to their Baltic roots by combining black metal with traditional instruments such as the goat horn and the tagelharpa – will release their third album (and M-Theory Audio debut), “Bal Lada,” on March 12th. The artwork, which was designed by percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Piotr, can be viewed below. The album can be pre-ordered on CD and limited-edition 2LP coloured vinyl at www.smarturl.com/varmia.
Band founder Lasota speaks of the new release:
“The album title 'Bal Lada' is a wordplay. It's most obvious in Polish, but should translate well in other languages as well. It means both 'ballad' and 'Lada's ball'. The term 'ballad' could refer to a literary form, but is also understood as a sad song. 'Lada' or 'Lado' is an ancient deity associated with both Baltic and Slavic cult heritage. She and/or he was most likely responsible for harmony, fertility and well-being. The title represents our take on the medieval dance of death concept and its depiction in the danse macabre allegory - the 'bal' of life forces, circle of cycles, primal lusts, desires and thus deprivations and metamorphoses of flesh and spirit. This is a ritual dance in the oldest forest on one hand, but it's also a whole universe's life and death cycle on the other. The lyrics are mainly in Polish, but with some elements of ancient Prussian language. The cover art and graphic design is made by our band member Piotr, who plays all the ethnic instruments on the album. Follow the Moon and walk into the silent woods of Warmia.”
Varmia recorded their previous albums – 2017's “Z Mar Twych” and 2018's “W Ciele Nie” – in culturally significant remote locations throughout their native Poland. “Bal Lada” continues that practice, as the 10 tracks of ominous and atmospheric pagan black metal contained within were tracked in a makeshift studio set up by the band in an old 19th-century manor in Northern Poland, where they performed while playing together as a live unit with no sound editing. A video documenting the album's recording can be seen at this location: https://youtu.be/o9DnynINIo8.
Varmia recently unveiled a taste of the sounds to be found on “Bal Lada” with the premiere of the music video for the first single from the record, “Bielmo”. The visually stunning tribute to the band's home region can be viewed at https://youtu.be/ujzPY7NmeXQ. Additional previews of “Bal Lada” will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
Varmia was formed in 2016 by vocalist / guitarist / composer Lasota with a mission of fusing black metal with musical influences that pay tribute to the ancient Baltic tribes of the historical Warmia region of northern Poland. Vocally, harsh growls shroud the band's music and native Polish lyrics in a visceral aura, the only breaks occurring when using the traditional, ancient technique of “whitevoice” clean singing as utilized during ancient East-Central European rituals, rites of passage and festivals. Meanwhile, the power of the band's metal influences are enhanced on “Bal Lada” by traditional ethnic instrumentation of the Baltic Rites via sounds of tagelharpa, goat horn, wood tuba and krivula. The result is a compelling mix of dark metallic sounds that channel the spirit of early Enslaved, Satyricon and Wolves in the Throne Room and folk elements that drive acts such as Wardruna.
Lasota - guitars, vocals
Alle - bass, backing vocals
Svarrge - drums
Piotr - percussion, tagelharpa, goat horn, wood tuba, krivula, backing vocals
Varang Nord is a folk metal band from the cold woodlands of Latvia. Their songs praise mighty battles, bloody sacrifices to the Old Gods and joyful northern feasts with endless mugs of ale. They combine harsh death metal riffs with epic accordion chants, creating a unique blend of northern pagan/folk metal.
The group was founded in 2014 by Max “Wolf” Popovs and Artems “Khurr” Kuricins and since then Varang Nord have released three studio albums: Fire Of The North (2014), Master Of The Forest (2015), Call Of Battle (2017), official music videos and played a lot of shows across the Baltic States, Germany, France, Spain, Belarus and Russia. Their crowning achievement thus far was winning the Wacken Metal Battle in 2019.
For 2021, Varang Nord plans to release a fourth studio album, Pārķiuņa Uomurs, worldwide via Sliptrick Records, to play a great bunch of live shows to support the record, to take a part in the Heathen Heroes European Tour with such a bands TYR and Arkona and participate at the legendary Wacken Open Air. For all this and much, much more, join Varang Nord on their journey.
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Ildaruni came to existence in 2016, emerging as a raging force from the depths of the Armenian underground metal scene. Solidifying a permanent line-up, the band was fully focused on more live performances and started recording the first demo, ''Towards Subterranean Realms'' which came to light on July, 2018 and met significant acclaim.
Musically, Ildaruni represents a blend of relentless, intense Black Metal and ancient folk melodies, forgotten from times immemorial. The lyrical themes explore the height of the Urartian domain, through the cognitive machinations of a bygone age and the esoteric apprehension of ancient pagan occultism. The ominous flame now burns stronger and the band is set to unleash its long-waited cryptic incantations.
“We are very excited to announce our new collaboration with Swedish Black Lion Records for the release of our forthcoming album. A new chapter has begun for Ildaruni. We are looking forward to seeing the darkest seeds of our manifestation realized! More information is yet to be revealed!”
French Pagan Black metallers Tan Kozh reveal a new trailer video for their forthcoming debut album, Lignages Oubliés. Set for international release on November 15th via Antiq, see & hear this first glimpse of Tan Kozh's Lignages Oubliés HERE at Antiq's official YouTube channel.
Tan Kozh was created by Sven (Himinbjorg, Belenos, Möhrkvlth, Ar Bard) in 2015. After composing an album, Yamnah (Belenos) helped him with the lyrics, and they were then joined by Decay (ex-Way to End) on drums, Barved (ex-Les Chants De Nihil) on guitar, and Introspect (Introspect, ex- Les Chants De Nihil) on bass. The recording is fully redone, with playing on a real drum set and with various additions by all members. The band starts concerts in 2018.
The first Tan Kozh album, Lignages Oubliés, is a pagan black metal album inspired by ancient Indo-European myths. The warlike rhythms switch to frenetic blastbeats and some more contemplative passages, including acoustic guitar and fretless bass. The first part of the album contains visions of the past and future wars and destruction, with in the background the awakening of ancient pagan gods and the eternal turn of the wheel of time; the second part of the album is made of prayers addressed directly to ancient gods.
Antiq is a label dedicated to the fully coherent concept of making music through sound, image, video, and attitude. They have been putting their entire existence into it since 2009. Over the years, Antiq have been identified as producers of not only perfectly coherent lyrics and themes through music, but also conceptual art and, of course, the manufacturing of beautiful objects. The label tries as much as it can to work with French creators, and if possible, with the smallest and most serious structures.
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