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
Varang Nord are:
Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | VK | On Sliptrick
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.
Varang Nord are:
Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | VK | On Sliptrick
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.
Kyrgyz Pagan Black Metallers Darkestrah unveil 20th anniversary 'Chronicles Of Nomadic Conquest' 5CD wooden box
The alliance of CASUS BELLI MUSICA and BEVERINA presents the collection wooden box of the pagan black metal horde DARKESTRAH “20th Anniversary Chronicles of Nomadic Conquest” dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the band.
The box contains 5 albums re-issued as 6-panel digipak CD's with completely new artwork, a 12 cm x 5.5 cm woven patch, and a hand-numbered and signed certificate of authenticity. The edition is limited to 100 copies worldwide!
The box includes the following CD's:
- “Sary Oy” (2004),
- “Embrace Of Memory” (2005),
- “Epos” (2007),
- “The Great Silk Road” (2008),
- “Khagan” (2011).
Russian pagan metallers Intothecrypt stream the entirety of their striking debut album, Vakor, at Legacy magazine's website. Set for international release on June 21st via Ordo MCM, hear Intothecrypt's Vakor in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Although an otherwise-new name, having been formed in 2016 as a studio project, Intothecrypt feature members of Russian cult band Scald: guitarist Ivan "Harald" Sergeev, bassist/vocalist Ilia "Velingor" Timashev, and drummer Aleksand “Ottar” Kudryashov, all of whom also played in Russian folk metal band Tumulus. The main goal of Intothecrypt is to create dark, extreme music which includes elements of Scald, Bathory, old-school doom/death, black metal, and Northern folk music. So, one could understand Intothecrypt as an extension of where Scald could've gone but also a separate entity unto itself.
Uniquely, Intothecrypt's lyrics are based on a peculiar combination of Slavic and Finno-Ugric mythologies which emerged in the North and North East regions of Ancient Rus when Slavs settled there and made contact with Finno-Ugrians and their culture. The songs are written from the viewpoint of a shaman who lived at a crossroads of cultures and combined both Slavic and Finno-Ugric believes and magical practices. Some of Intothecrypt's lyrics are in English; the rest of them are based on Ancient Russian grammar, with the use of Ancient Russian, Finno-Ugric and Russian dialectal vocabulary. A significant contribution to the music of Intothecrypt was made by Gervald (project KI.EN.GI) and other guest musicians.
In 2017, Intothecrypt created a four-song demo. A year later, the band finished their debut album, Vakor. Epic and expansive, Vakor creates a colourful canvas during its hour-long duration, with its kaleidoscopic landscape taking in pagan metal, folk, prog, traditional black/death, and of course that magical touch of Scald and their pagan-era forebears Bathory. Each of the album's ten main songs weaves a fantastical spell that immediately penetrates the soul and stirs the imagination. At once, Intothecrypt is emblematic of Russia's reigning pagan metal paradigm and defiant of it, creating a tapestry of glory entirely their own.
Apart from the main members of Intothecrypt – Harald, Velingor, and Ottar – the following musicians took part in recording this album: Gervald on sound effects, percussion, and backing vocals and Marina Sokolova of Sedmaya Voda on vocals, altogether making for a truly unique and collaborative experience. Completed by Andrey Andreev’s cover artwork, Intothecrypt's Vakor is a timeless tale of past, present, and perhaps future!
Fully ponder the future exclusively HERE, courtesy of Legacy, Germany's extreme metal authority.
INTOTHECRYPT main line-up
Ivan "Harald" Sergeev – guitars
Ilia "Velingor" Timashev – vocals, bass
Aleksandr "Ottar" Kudryashov – drums and percussion
Gervald (KI.EN.GI project) – backsound, keyboards, back vocal
Marina Sokolova (SEDMAYA VODA) – vocals
Maria Chirkova (ROS’ band) – vocals
Kuchma (TUMULUS band) – vocals
Kurbat (TUMULUS band) – vocals
A few weeks after the official release of the effort, Swiss Pagan / Folk metal band NORVHAR just shared their whole 'KAUNA' EP for full-stream on YouTube thanks to the courtesy on the Unknown Melodeath Channel.
In other news, both CD & Digital editions are still available on Bandcamp and the legal streaming services.
Stream the 'KAUNA' EP on YouTube | Order your digital / physical copy on Bandcamp
..For the record...
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.
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