Three years after the release of The Hunt for White Christ (2018), iconic Swedish death metal legends Unleashed return with their new studio album, No Sign of Life, out November 12, 2021 via Napalm Records – once again setting the ultimate standard of death metal!
The Swedish crew is led by founding frontman Johnny Hedlund, and features drummer Anders Schultz and two guitarists Tomas Måsgard and Fredrik Folkare – delivering and defining supreme death metal for over 32 years. On No Sign of Life, the band formed of Viking descendants transports the listener straight into an outraging battle with 11 forceful tracks that revive the essentials of death metal, facing the sheer brutality of war. Unleashed are back to defend their throne, forging another uncompromising musical weapon that continues the marvellous legacy of Vikings.
To satisfy the bloodthirst, Unleashed just released their staggering brand new track from No Sign of Life, entitled “The King Lost His Crown”, alongside a sharp lyric music video. The track dives right in without mercy, dominated by destructive guitars, blasting drums and the well-known chunky and brutal screams of genre-carving vocalist Johnny Hedlund.
Johnny on the first single:
“In the aftermath of the battle of Jorsala, where the Midgard Warriors stood victorious, White Christ is now being hunted from the once so holy city. The enemy flees towards the desert, and his armies are about to lose faith in their leader. It seems that the king lost his crown”.
Watch the new lyric video for "The King Lost His Crown” HERE:
The silence gets crushed right within the first notes of the album opener “The King Lost His Crown” and invents a paving rage that leaves no time to catch your breath during its entire playing time. The album unfolds with “Where Can You Flee” as an unstoppable war battalion and builds upon Unleashed’s well established trademark sound and strong lyrics. Bare boned screams are accompanied by epic shouts praising Odin and heavy guitar riffs as the journey of clashes continues in “The Highest Ideal”, until the album reaches its glorious peak with “Here at the End of the World” as a fading hymn for the victorious march that leaves the battlefield behind in ashes.
The chief Vikings of Swedish death metal leave no doubt that they are still true to their roots after 32 years of existence. Unleashed proves that they indeed are and will stay the unchallenged leaders of Sweden’s death metal forefathers!
UNLEASHED on the album:
“It is our hope that our warriors all over the world will enjoy the new album just like they have our previous ones. We have, as always, tried to stick to our roots while testing our steel to develop the genre of Viking Death Metal even further. Hail Odin!"
No Sign of Life will be available in the following formats:
Icelandic Viking Metallers Skálmöld to release new live album '10 Year Anniversary - Live In Reykjavik' on September 25th
Icelandic Viking Metal giants Skálmöld will release their second live album and the first one as solo band 10 Year Anniversary - Live In Reykjavík, on September 25, 2020 via Napalm Records. Three consecutive sold-out shows at the Gamla Bíó in their home town Reykjavík were the adequate setting to celebrate the 10th anniversary together with their devotees. 10 Year Anniversary - Live In Reykjavík transports the mythical atmosphere directly into their fans' homes
With propelling drums and heavy rhythms, underlined by Björgvin Sigurðsson’s unique vocals comes "Niðavellir“, the first single fresh off the new live opus. The single, originally released on their 2016 album Vögguvísur Yggdrasils, leads the listener straight into Myrkheim, the land of the dwarves. "Niðavellir“ became one of Skálmöld’s trademark songs since then and in this live version, the energy coming from stage during the performance is palpable in every corner of Reykjavík's legendary Gamla Bíó.
Skálmöld on the CD / DVD / BLU-RAY:
“In late 2009 we started Skálmöld. Nothing serious. Was just supposed for the pure fun of meeting up once in a while to play some metal music. Fast forward 10 years and we are celebrating the release of 10 Years Of Skálmöld - Live in Reykjavík. Recorded in the heart of Iceland's capital at one of our 3 amazing sold out shows. Here is Skálmöld in its purest form - on stage, feeding on the energy of our beloved fans. We feel really proud and happy to present this to you.
Growing up and slowly beginning to descend into the world of metal music there was one album that really left its mark on my young self: Iron Maiden - Live After Death. At 10 years old, in awe, dreaming that one day I could play in a band, play shows, record it and release for others to enjoy was just that - a dream. But now all these years later my band celebrated 10 years of existence. 5 albums and countless shows all over Europe. We just had to capture this moment. So here it is. 10 Years Of Skálmöld - Live in Reykjavík. Here we are doing what we enjoy the most, playing a sweaty sold out show in front of our most dedicated fans. Well that was truly a night to remember. Skál!”
Watch the live video for "Niðavellir“ HERE
Pre-Order your copy of '10 Year Anniversary - Live In Reykjavík' NOW!
10 Year Anniversary - Live In Reykjavík will be available in the following formats:
- 8 Page Digipack with Sleeve: 2 CD & BluRay
- 2LP Gatefold Black Vinyl
- 2LP Gatefold Grey Vinyl
- 2LP Gatefold Edition in Black & White Vinyl (strictly limited to 300 copies)
- Digital album
On April 17th Danish Viking Metallers Vanir release "10 Years Of Mead And Metal", celebrating a decade of raw Danish Viking power!
Ten years ago in Roskilde Denmark a group of metalheads came together to play some Viking folk metal. It later evolved into Vanir. A lot has happened since then. Both when it comes the band and the band's visual and musical soundscape. While in the process of working on their 6th album, they thought it was important to mark their 10th year of raiding with Vanir!
And to mark this occasion, they have re-recorded three songs from their debut album, "Særimners kød". The goal of the EP is to capture the essence of Vanir's roots and mix them with the sound of what they aim at today as a band. With the heavier sounding Viking metal that Vanir represents today, but with respect for the folk metal roots they came from.
To top it all Vanir have recorded a cover from the Danish minstrel Kim Larsen with the lyrics from the poem of Nordahl Grieg - "Kringsatt av fiender". This poem means a lot too many people and stands for unity in a world that tends to get more and more fragmented.
The critically acclaimed latest album by Vanir, "Allfather", was released last year.
Martin Holmsgaard - vocals
Phillip Kaaber - rhythm guitars
Kirk Backarach - lead guitars
Lars Bundvad - bass
Daniel ‘Luske’ Kronskov - drums
Stefan Dujardin - keys
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.
German Melodic Viking Metallers Vagrant unleash 'Spirit Of Valor'; taken from their debut album 'The Rise Of Norn'
We have the pleasure of bringing you one last treat before the release date draws near! however due to delays on the physical side we had to set the release to June 21st and its with great pride we present Spirit Of Valor play-through filmed by Oropesa - https://www.facebook.com/oropesa.de/, the album 'Rise Of Norn' Will be available worldwide on June 21st as CD Digipak / Digital as well as all digital platforms!
Check it out here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybkFk7bZP98
German Melodic Death Metal group Vagrant present official play.through of their track Spirit of Valor
Taken from the forthcoming album " The Rise Of Norn". Out June 21st, 2019.
CD Pre order available at smarturl.it/vagrantnorn
Vagrant had this to say about the track:-
"Our single "Spirit of Valor" is the most intense song on this album. It describes the final battle of the young warrior, which will lead to his death. The Song has everything in it Vagrant is about, dark atmosphere, fast blast beats, catchy melodies and massive orchestra. Definitely the most epic song on this album"
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
The Icelandic Viking Metal Heroes SKÁLMÖLD strike back with their 5th full length album Sorgir. The album title (eng.: sorrows) gives the headline for this concept album that is divided in two parts: The first four songs tell four short stories about tragedies and death. It is called Sagnir (tales). The second chapter called Svipir (ghosts) thickens the plot by telling the same four stories from a different perspective.
Sorgir is a dark, cold and tragic album dealing with Icelandic myths of superstition, shadows, spectre and despair. Look elsewhere for something light, warm and comforting! Soaring melodies, folk elements and harsh outbursts remind of the chilly beauty of SKÁLMÖLD`s home country – Iceland, the eternal and awe-inspiring source of inspiration for neckbreakers such as "Gangari" and the gripping epic "Mara."
Pre-Order Sorgir HERE!
The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
Portugal's Viking metallers Gwydion have started an IndieGoGo campaign to get the help they need to finalize the band's new album and follow-up to their 2013 opus "Veteran".
In return, Gwydion are offering some great perks which you can check at this location: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gwydion-new-album-crowdfunding-metal#/
The band comments on the crowdfunding: "The Gwydion fans have always overwhelmed us with their support and have always motivated us to keep making music and providing kick-ass shows! Stick with us for this album and join us on this journey!"
In 2014 they delighted the fans of melodic emphasized Epic Viking Metal with their acclaimed album "Elderslied".
Now the Basque masters Inscursed return with a remarkably fine EP and a nutritious album, whereby the typical style of the playful band can be optimally represented.
Officially, "The Slavic Covenant" was released on July 31, 2017.
This EP serves as a harbinger for the new studio album "Amalur", which was funded by the band with a crowdfunding campaign. The official release of "Amalur" was on September 25th.
The five mercurial compositions on "The Slavic Covenant", including the equally surprising and original done A-ha cover of the chart-breaker "Take On Me", show a completely unused and persistently hungry formation. Incursed also free up massive energy spills in 2017!
For the song Fear A' Bhata", Incursed adapted the musical basic theme of a Gaelic folkloric song from the late 18th century. The refrain is presented in original language.
The modified band logo - in Cyrillic spelling - on "The Slavic Covenant" is a courageous tribute of the crafty Basque bunch to a Ukraine tour, which has been remembered as a wonderful experience.
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