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.
INCURSED - online:
Sólstafir are unveiling their complete forthcoming full-length, 'Berdreyminn', which means a "dreamer of forthcoming events". The new sixth masterpiece of the enigmatic Icelanders is out now.
'Berdreyminn' is now exclusively streaming via the official premiere partners listed below.
Marast Music (CZ)
Metal Hammer (DE)
La Grosse Radio (FR)
Rock Overdose (GR)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Metal Italia (IT)
Never Mind The Hype (NL)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Crank It Up (SE)
Metal Hammer (UK)
Frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason comments on behalf of SÓLSTAFIR: "Finally, the time has come to present you 'Berdreyminn' in its entirety. Hopefully, the previous pieces that we have released will now fall into their rightful places in the puzzle that this album represents. There is much to explore, surprises to discover as well as meeting old friends again, and we sincerely hope that you will like what you find. Enjoy!"
The cover art by Adam Burke and track-list of 'Berdreyminn' can be viewed above.
Sólstafir have set sails to new horizons with 'Berdreyminn'. Yet the Icelanders brought their home with them and the silhouette of their vessels remains easily recognisable. Welcome aboard on a new adventurous musical journey into uncharted territories.
The world needs heroes now more than ever. In the shape of Montreal’s larger-than-life metal warriors Valfreya, it has them! And in their striking vocalist Crook, they have their own Valkyrie!. In 2009, vocalist Crook wanted to play something akin to folk metal, but even more aggressive and fast paced. Combining Valhalla and the Norse goddess Freya, the band has been creating music and lyrics to revolve around stories inspired by Norse mythology.
Orchestral and death metal with a hint of folk music, the prolific Valfreya have released two well-received EP's (‘First Chronicles’ and ‘Acoustic Chronicles’), an impressive 2012 debut album entitled ‘Path To Eternity’ via Maple Metal Records and have just unleashed their second ‘Promised Land’ independently on January 13, 2017.
“The album is a journey through a lot of emotions and situations, giving life to a host of varied songs, each with a different sound and personality. The story behind the album is about Eric The Red discovering America and how he defies the Gods, but pays a hefty price for that defiance. ” says Valfreya about the release. “It’s a step-up in sound quality and has more intricate guitar parts and better-written music that with every listen you can discover parts you hadn’t noticed before. On top of that we have an original sound and songs! We want to give more to people that enjoy good riffs!”
Just as you hear on record, Valfreya promises the fans a unique live experience. What you hear on the album is what you get on stage. All vocals, whether clean or screams, are done by the band members both in studio and live. They dress in a fantasy-like Viking fashion to go with their story-telling, which gives an interesting visual aspect, while delivering the instrument-playing with precision. Valfreya has shared the stage with Arkona, Dark Tranquility, Nekrogoblikon, Necronomicon, Koorpiklaani, Moonsorrow, Tyr and Insomnium.
‘Promised Land’ is now streaming in full at the following links:
Available on iTunes, CD Baby, Bandcamp and all online major retailers.
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