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Einar Selvik – Bergen Performances 20-21/5/20

  The world is a very different place compared to even a few months ago, and we are all shackled by lockdowns, social distancing and ever-increasing death rates, but in this brave new world of very real doom and gloom,… Continue Reading →

Sigh – Heir To Despair (Candlelight)

Anybody fancy a slice of fruitcake, best grab a jug of saké to wash it down with as this is an album that is going to be hard to digest even by arch nutters Sigh’s standards. The band never exactly… Continue Reading →

Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs (Century Media)

When I was younger I spent a lot of time in Israel and during every trip I would eagerly make my way to a record shop and ask the same question. “Do you have any Israeli heavy metal?” On the… Continue Reading →

LÜÜP – Canticles of the Holy Scythe (I, Voidhanger)

While LÜÜP may be the brainchild of Greek composer and multi-instrumentalist Stelios Romaliadis, it’s far from a solo project and while I usually comment on individuals on each song, a quick look at the discography on their official site where you… Continue Reading →

Tengger Cavalry – Die On My Ride (M Theory)

For those of you just joining us I’ve been a huge, enthusiastic and vocal fan of Mongolian folk metal band Tengger Cavalry, formed around mastermind Nature G, since Thee Ed pointed me at their demo years ago. Through a slew… Continue Reading →

The Moon and the Nightspirit – Metanoia (Prophecy)

“Metanoia” means an initiation, a rebirth, an awakening of the higher self, and the rekindling of an inner flame. Hungarian duo The Moon and the Nightspirit’s brand of folk and world music is a representation of this state. This isn’t… Continue Reading →

Wardruna – Runaljod – Ragnarok (By Norse)

What better way to introduce Ragnarok, the third and final part of Wardruna’s 8-year trilogy, with a towering battle hymn to Tyr. One of the less readily recognised Norse gods these days (at least for non-metal fans I should perhaps… Continue Reading →

Tengger Cavalry – Blood Sacrifice Shaman (Metal Hell)

OK, if you are already aware of this Mongolian horde then you may think that the title here looks a little familiar. Yes, indeed this was the title of their debut full length back in 2010, but no this is… Continue Reading →

Stille Volk – La Pèira Negra (Holy Records)

“It’s like village music” was the comment from the other end of the room where I was listening to this album. For sure “La Pèira Negra” sounds like a group of people have gathered with their multitude of mediaeval and… Continue Reading →

Tengger Cavalry – Ancient Call (Metal Hell)

Let’s start with a bold statement: If you claim to like folk metal and do not at least check this album out, your argument is, as the internet says, invalid. Ok let’s back that up. I’ve been a passionate supporter… Continue Reading →

Interview – Fyrnask

Long gone are the days when one man metal projects languished in obscurity and failed to meet the mark, with overbearing scratchy vocals drowned in reverb while a drum machine ran riot in the background. Since Vice’s airing of ‘One… Continue Reading →

Eldkraft – Shaman (Metal Blade)

The debut album by this Swedish trio consisting of J. Sandin on vocals and keyboards, H. Carlsson on guitars and bass, and N. Fjellström on the drums is a bit of an eclectic affair. The easiest comparison I can make… Continue Reading →

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