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Waylander – Eriu’s Wheel (Listenable Records)

Funny how time gathers speed as you roll downhill into the grave. Seasons begun to whirl instead of waltz and intentions gather dust in the corner as you struggle to keep pace with the dance. Sadly Waylander were one of… Continue Reading →

Aephanemer – Prokopton (Primeval Records)

I only became aware of French band Aphanemer after seeing them live at Warhorns Festival in 2018. Live they really impressed me; a young, energetic and wonderfully musically adept band who looked great on stage and used it well. After… Continue Reading →

Sykelig Englen – To Walk Among Death And Pestilence (AHPN)

I spend a lot of time lately going down the rabbit hole that is the underground UKBM scene via a combination of odd leads, distros and the tangle that is Bandcamp. It’s a weird and scary place at times but… Continue Reading →

Twisted Tower Dire – Wars In The Unknown (No Remorse)

Look up the words ‘stalwarts’ and ‘diehards’ and the dictionary should say ‘see also Twisted Tower Dire’. With three of the five having been together since 1997 – Mark Stauffer (drums), Scott Waldrop (guitars and ultra marathons) and Dave Boyd… Continue Reading →

Runagaderung: The Runic Gathering – The Fulford Arms York 23/02/19

Well rested and well fed, my host Ross and myself went to watch Vikings and Saxons march through York and then batter each other with lumps of metal outside the Castle Museum. Seemed a perfect way to prepare for the… Continue Reading →

Runagaderung: The Runic Gathering – The Fulford Arms York 22/02/19

Following on from the Myrkur show, next day was Runagaderung itself. After going to Valhalla for coffee, wandering around the stalls of sharp implements surrounded by costumed visitors of varying degrees of authenticity and spying Sean Parry plying his tattooing… Continue Reading →

10:13 – Result Of An Iron Age (Unclebaby Records)

This unknown quantity one man band generously arrived in CD form at Ave Noctum towers. Neil Carter is the man behind it and according to the blurb it it’s a depressive musical journey into humanity’s descent into a horrifying post-apocalyptic… Continue Reading →

Grendel’s Syster – Orphic Gold Leaves (S/R)

Right, this six tracker is actually a three tracker as three songs are each repeated in English and German. It came in a lovely digipack CD, very cool for a self-release, and appears to be the debut from this German… Continue Reading →

Saor – Forgotten Paths (Avantgarde)

You know I can’t remember the last time I was at a black or folk metal gig in the UK and I didn’t see at least one Saor patch or t-shirt being sported. Says a lot for the support these… Continue Reading →

YERÛŠELEM – The Sublime (Debemur Morti)

OK for once let’s cut to the chase and go backwards. I had real problems with this album. Try as I might and with play after play I failed utterly to make any headway to get to the inside of… Continue Reading →

Interview / Preview Rúnagaderung – The Runic Gathering York, The Fulford Arms 22-23/2/19

An Interview with Connor Sanders of Northern Extremity Promotions and Wyrdstaef.  Jorvik: An ancient city which can wear many masks from modern tourist centre, through Dickensian Christmas timewarp to Viking and Roman settlement. This time of year though it is… Continue Reading →

Skald – Vikings Chant (Decca / Universal)

Without going too far into the whys and wherefores apparently French composer/producer Christophe Voisin-Boisvinet found three singers whose voices had ‘atypical timbres’. Nope, not sure myself and even less having listened to this. I do know he found three very… Continue Reading →

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