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Darkend – Spiritual Resonance (Dark Essence)

If you have ever seen macabre looking lead singer Animæ in action before, Italian cult act Darkend are not a name you are likely to have forgotten. He popped up in London at the Dome and did some guest vocals… Continue Reading →

Midgardsblot Metal Festival – Borre, Vestfold, Norway 15/8/19

  Day 1 Thursday If you’re a regular reader of the site then you’ll know that this prestigious festival set within the Viking burial mounds of Borre National Park is as eclectic as it is addictive. This was the fifth… Continue Reading →

Heilung – Futha (Season Of Mist)

Neofolk, the label most frequently attached to Heilung, doesn’t even come close to describing what the band are doing. Amplified history, the term they came up with themselves to define their art, is more fitting and actually pretty precise, but… Continue Reading →

Darkenhöld & Griffon – Atra Musica (LADLO Productions)

LADLO Productions or to give them their full moniker Les Acteurs de l’Ombre are certainly one of the go to labels for those searching out the best of French underground metal. If you are into black and doom metal their… Continue Reading →

Gaahls WYRD – GastiR – Ghosts Invited (Season of Mist)

Gaahl is synonymous with black metal and is a true uber behemoth of the world, a demi god, if you will, of the genre and any new work by the master is welcomed with open arms. Gaahls Wyrd has been… Continue Reading →

Fedrespor – Fra en Vugge i Fjellet (Nordvis)

Although the art form itself is centuries old, there has been a recent resurgence of interest in music using ancient Scandinavian instruments to recreate traditional atmospheres and to reconnect with ancient Nordic roots while still looking to the future. If… 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 →

Wardruna – Manchester Albert Hall 21/11/18

Wardruna originally formed in 2003 and between 2009 and 2016 released the ‘Runaljod’ trilogy to ever increasing critical acclaim, using traditional Nordic instruments and poetic metres to support whispering voices, chants and choral pieces creating rich musical landscapes. It goes… Continue Reading →

Ivar Bjornson & Einar Selvik – Hugsja (ByNorse Music)

This is the second collaboration between Enslaved and Wardruna luminaries Ivar Bjornson and Einar Selvik after the success of their Skuggsja work. If you enjoyed that album, then there’s no reason why this follow up shouldn’t snuggle up right next… Continue Reading →

Panphage – Jord (Nordvis)

It’s always kind of odd when the first time you hear of a band it comes with a PR sheet that informs you that it’s their final album. Well such is the case with black metal one man band Panphage… Continue Reading →

T.O.M.B. – Fury Nocturnus (Peaceville)

‘Industrial Black Noise’ it says here and in that, I think it’s fair to say that ‘Fury Nocturnus’ delivers. Across fourteen tracks, this US-based trio clearly do their utmost to convey an ambience of impenetrable churning malice – of demented… Continue Reading →

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