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Rauhnåcht – Unterm Gipfelthron (Debemur Morti)

I’m always in favour of artists using their surroundings so the fact that Rauhnåcht, a solo project from Austria with various session musicians to support him, has this epithet is welcome. The “gipfel” of the title normally means the mountain… Continue Reading →

Helrunar – Vanitas Vanitatvm (Prophecy)

We are not here to be amused or entertained by mere whimsy. No sir. So wipe that smirk off your face and pay attention because this is Helrunar – brooding and heavy as a pile of scrap metal falling from… Continue Reading →

Celtachor – Fiannaoícht (Trollzorn)

Ah yes: the windswept moors, endless days of rain, blue woad and blood sacrifice for cruel gods of the far reaches of the Western world. Unless you’ve been buried in a peat bog for the past decade, you won’t have… Continue Reading →

Thyrgrim – Vermachtnis (Trollzorn Records)

Thyrgrim were formed in Germany in 2004, under the moniker of Kaltetot and they delivered 2 demos to the world, they then went on to change their name in 2005, to Thyrgrim, and released the infamous demo ‘Kaltetot’. They have… 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 →

Obscurity – Streitmacht (Trollzorn)

Of the numerous bands called Obscurity, this is the one from Germany. I suppose the album’s Germanic title is a giveaway on that score. The offer is Battle Metal comprising black, death and Viking elements. It all points to war…. Continue Reading →

Black Messiah – Walls Of Vanaheim (Trollzorn)

Black Messiah are no strangers to the Metal scene and with their seventh studio release this most Nordic of German Metal bands continues it’s epic story with…an epic story! It’s a very involved piece of work all about Odin and… Continue Reading →

Helheim – landawarijaR (Dark Essence)

I could not have asked for a better musical companion to the last couple of cold winter weeks and Norse Viking brigade Helheim’s 9th album has been spun on a near daily basis. There’s always plenty of depth about their… Continue Reading →

Sons Of Balaur – Tenebris Deos (Season Of Mist)

Unless you are part of the pathetic human sheep herd, you will be aware of how this is real black metal, the one true cult that never dies. The musical face of the true believers who work to resurrect our… Continue Reading →

Equilibrium – Armageddon (Nuclear Blast)

With every release it astounds me even more how effortlessly Equilibrium straddle that gap between Pagan/Folk Metal and Melodic Death Metal whilst always staying so unique. Years ago it was a sizeable void between the two styles before Equilibrium bridged… Continue Reading →

Timor et Tremor – For Cold Shades (Trollzorn)

This is the third album release from German black metal band Timor et Tremor. On a personal level, one of the interesting things I picked up on a was that one of the members is part of Burden of Grief,… Continue Reading →

Interview – Warhorns Festival

The small but perfectly formed Warhorns festival has become a bit of a highlight over the last few years. Nestled deep in Viking country in Selby, North Yorkshire, a short stone’s throw from historic York/Jorvik, it has a warmth and… Continue Reading →

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