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Nocturnalia – III: Winter (The Sign)

I’d sort of given up on hearing anything new by Nocturnalia. This unique Swedish heavy/psyche band presented me with one of my favourite albums of 2015 – I knew nothing about them, took a punt on something I wouldn’t normally,… Continue Reading →

Tyr – Hel (Metal Blade)

The Faroe Islands’ number one export, Folk Metallers Týr (pronounced ‘Twyre’, ‘Twore’ or sort of ‘Thfffthttf’ by Icelanders of the writer’s acquaintance who, inevitably, are cousins of the band) have returned with their eighth studio album ‘Hel’ celebrating twenty years… Continue Reading →

Skogen – Skuggorna kallar (Nordvis)

The shadow is calling once more and I have encountered this brand of Nordic Darkness before and having used up translation clichés I best get down to things. It’s been four years since last album ‘I döden’ and this is… Continue Reading →

NortherN – Desolate Ways to Ultima Thule (Moribund Records)

In previous times, Northern went by the name ‘Cold Northern Vengeance’ and although I have a couple of their albums, they didn’t really hit my radar. However, I was interested to hear this new incarnation, especially with the press release… Continue Reading →

Ball Noir – Last Serenades (S/R)

A little bit of something different for you. Ball Noir are a Dutch dark folk-metal band, though it’s fair to say that they’re rather more influenced by the golden periods of bands such as our very own My Dying Bride… Continue Reading →

Midgardsblot – Borre, Vestfold, Norway 17 – 19th August 2017 Day 3

DAY THREE: SATURDAY Day three was to be much less frantic as I started with the usual bus ride that included a test by the bus driver in my pronunciation of the bus stop we were to get off at,… Continue Reading →

Wind Rose – Stonehymn (Inner Wound)

When you see the cover, clock the image of the band and hear the intro you just know you’re in for a hefty slab of mighty Viking Metal from…errr…Italy. OK, well Italy isn’t hugely known for it’s Viking Metal (I… Continue Reading →

Horn – Turm am Hang (Iron Bonehead)

Horn’s back catalogue is now fairly extensive and has repeatedly shown more than a passing interest in keeping out of step with the rest of the folk black metal brigade. This time round he’s shifted yet again. Whereas previous albums… Continue Reading →

Finsterforst – YOLO (Napalm)

When is a covers EP not a covers EP? When it’s two EPs really stretching over forty minutes and without a Moonsorrow epic in sight. One part is original songs, one of ‘pop’ covers (half of which I’ve never even… Continue Reading →

Grimner – Frost Mot Eld (Despotz)

We find ourselves basking happily in Viking/Folk Metal territory with Grimner’s third full-length offering “Frost Mot Eld”…and I’m a sucker for a bit of well executed Folk Metal! These mighty Metal marauders mix harsh and clean vocals, over heavy guitars,… Continue Reading →

Ereb Altor – Nattramn (Cyclone Empire)

Time flies when you’re in two successful metal bands, and Mats and Ragnar have released 3 albums in 20 months! One was with their other band Isole, but already we are being offered another Viking Metal outing by Ereb Altor… 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 →

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