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Pagan metallers Draugr call it a day, final show details announced

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 11th November 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

In the same year of Draugr’s tenth anniversary, which the band have been celebrating, is the same year that they’ve decided to call it a day. The Italian metal unit’s music has paid tribute to the band’s Pagan ancestors and the history of the Abruzzo region of Italy for a decade. In a statement that Draugr released in both Italian and English explaining the decision to disband; the band stated:

As friends, brothers and the ‘ legio linteata’ we announce our decision today to bring to an end the experience that is Draugr. Having arrived at the threshold of 2014, we decided to bring to a close this chapter in our lives that has been so important to us, in order that we may follow different artistic paths. We thank all those who have taken part in the project over the years, and especially the fans for their support. Our last show will take place on December 22 in Pescara and we will shortly be revealing more details about it.

Draugr’s debut album Nocturnal Pagan Supremacy was released on Christhunt Productions in 2006.  Keyboards were added to the band in 2007, creating the much more epic feel which Draugr describes as “Italic Hordish Metal”.  The sophomore album, De Ferro Italico, appeared on To React Records in 2011.  Today’s line up includes Nemesis on Vocals, Triumphator and Mors on Guitars, Ursus Arctos on Keyboards, Stolas on Bass and Jonny on Drums.
Draugr‘s final performance will take place at the Tipogragfia in Pescara, Italy, on the 22nd December.

Draugr online:

http://draugr.it
http://facebook.com/officialdraugr
http://twitter.com/officialdraugr

 

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Italian pagan metal band Draugr release stills from upcoming video

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 4th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

With a decade on the Italian metal scene under their belts, Pagan Black Metallers Draugr (No, their name wasn’t taken from Skyrim) have been filming a video for the track Legio Linteata from their second full-length album De Ferro Italico. True to its subject matter and the ethos of the band, which harks back to the country’s Pagan warrior past, the video was filmed in the ancient ruins of Alba Fucens close to Aquila and was directed by Gianmarco Colalongo. It is anticipated that when ready the video will make its internet debut on Blank TV.   Stills from the video have been uploaded onto Draugr’s Facebook page and can be seen at the band’s offical Facebook page.

Recorded and mixed by Davide Rosati in 2011 at the ACME Recording Studio in Italy, and mastered by Mika Jussila at the Finnvox Studios in Finland, the album De Ferro Italico recounts the deeds of a group of warriors whose devotion to the archaic traditions of the Italic cults of their ancestors put them in direct conflict with Rome and Emperor Theodosius’ decree, which, in 392AD,  led to the persecutions of all Pagan cults and paved the way for the rise of Christianity.  Commenting on the actual filming of the video, Ursus Arctos, Draugr’s keyboard player, said:

We especially chose the ruins of Alba Fucens in which to film the video because they have an ancient and solemn atmosphere which we thought was appropriate for a song celebrating the actions of our ancestors who risked all to oppose the forces of Roman imperialism and the Christian religion.

Formed in 2002 from the remnants of various black metal bands, and playing black metal in the style of bands such as Darkthrone, Immortal and Marduk, Draugr’s interests were always rooted in the Pagan spirit of the Abruzzo region of Italy.  It was an interest they used to develop their musical style over the years, adding keyboards in 2007 to give their sound the more epic feel that was to become what the band itself calls Italic Hordish Metal.

Draugr’s first full-length album Nocturnal Pagan Supremacy appeared on Christhunt Productions in 2006, and was followed by De Ferro Italico on To React Records in 2011.  The band is currently working on new material for their third full-length album.
Draugr is set to celebrate their 10th Anniversary with a special two hour show at Devilraid 9 in Manoppello Scalo (PE), Italy, on the 8th June.   More information about Draugr can be found on the band’s website at this location.

Draugr online:

http://www.draugr.it
https://www.facebook.com/officialdraugr
https://twitter.com/officialdraugr
http://soundcloud.com/draugrofficial
http://www.youtube.com/OfficialDraugr
http://reverbnation.com/draugr
http://myspace.com/furorepagano
http://www.lastfm.it/music/Draugr?ac=Draugr