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Bhleg – Solarmegin (Nordvis)

It’s a daunting prospect – an album that’s 98 minutes long and basically about how great the sun is. I worried it would be like watching endless re-runs of “Wish You Were Here” with Judith Chalmers being gradually baked in… Continue Reading →

Ereb Altor – Ulfven (Hammerheart)

To release five albums in five years nowadays is going some, even when it’s your only band, but when you are in two recording units (the main two songwriters of Ereb Altor are also members of Doom band Isole), it… Continue Reading →

Wyrd – Death of the Sun (Moribund)

Wyrd are probably best known for their very ethereal take on pagan black metal which was exemplified on earlier albums and very much excelled at. Heathen and Huldrafolk and the three albums that followed are pretty much bona fide classics… Continue Reading →

Moonsorrow – Jumalten Aika (Century Media)

Let me start by being completely upfront. This is Moonsorrow’s best album for more than a decade. Perhaps even one of their best yet. It’s a melting pot of all that has gone before and if you’re not hooked in… Continue Reading →

Himinbjorg – Wyrd (Osmose)

After various encounters with Himinbjorg in the past, most of them fleeting, the arrival of Wyrd was a good opportunity for me to get deep down into the French pagan black metal undergrowth, slap on the woad and ready my… Continue Reading →

Eïs – Bannstein (Lupus Lounge)

After some tumultuous changes which led up to 2012’s emotional and icy blast Wetterkreuz, things for Eïs seem to be settling down and providing the perfect backdrop for their latest album. A more permanent line-up has emerged and the name… Continue Reading →

Heidevolk – Velua (Napalm)

There’s no messing around with twiddly, whimsical intros for Dutch Pagan Metallers Heidevolk. Nope, opening track ‘Winter Woede’ piles straight in there, brimming with their own special brand of Tyr-tinged, Ensiferum-edged Viking Metal that they have been crafting and honing… Continue Reading →

Crom Dubh – Heimweh (Ván)

It’s rare that I reach these levels of excitement about a pagan black metal release – in the same way as I did when I first heard all those early Kampfar, Falkenbach and Forefather releases. It’s not that I’m jaded… Continue Reading →

Panychida – Grief For An Idol (Paragon Records)

There are definitely no false idols to be found on this album from pagan black Czech horde Panychida. On this their third album the group take us on quite an enthralling journey through 50 minutes worth of music that is… Continue Reading →

Falkenbach – Asa (Prophecy)

Fans of Falkenbach would be forgiven for thinking it’s been a very long time since the band’s mastermind Vratyas Vakyas last produced what could be described as a ‘classic’ album. It’s was ten years ago he released Ok Nefna Tysvar… Continue Reading →

Nhor – Within The Darkness Between The Starlight (Prophecy)

Nhor has arrived just in time. Summer is on the wane and there are some long, dark nights ahead of us on this Sceptred Isle. There will be few better accompaniments to the bleak midwinter than this. Within The Darkness…… Continue Reading →

Frozen Ocean – A Perfect Solitude (Wolfsgrimm Records)

Back in May I received no less than three albums by Frozen Ocean and they took me on a hell of a varied journey, each of them being quite different musically and in tone and mood. I said at the… Continue Reading →

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