Archive for Pagan Metal

Primordial reveal new album title

Posted in News, Studio Report with tags , , , , on 23rd February 2018 by izaforestspirit

The Irish pagan metal band Primordial have announced that their new album will be entitled ‘Exile Amongst The Ruin’.  You can see the cover-art and the track-listing below:

1. Nail Their Tongues
2. To Hell or the Hangman
3. Where Lie the Gods
4. Exile Amongst the Ruins
5. Upon Our Spiritual Deathbed
6. Stolen Years
7. Sunken Lungs
8. Last Call

‘Exile Amongst The Ruins’ will be out on 30th March 2018 via Metal Blade Records. There will also be a special treat in store for German fans of the band – two special album release shows on Cassiopeia, Berlin (30/03/18) and Jungle Club, Köln (31/03/18).

In addition to this the band will also be embarking on a European tour with Moonsorrow in April 2018. Here is the full schedule:

12/04/18 NL – Leeuwarden – Neushoorn
13/04/18 NL – Tilburg – 013
14/04/18 FR – Paris – Trabendo
15/04/18 BE – Brugge – Entrepot
16/04/18 UK – London – Islington Assembly Hall
17/04/18 LU – Esch-sur-Alzette – Kulturfabrik
18/04/18 CH – Pratteln – Z7
19/04/18 DE – Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
20/04/18 DE – Leipzig – Hellraiser
21/04/18 CZ – Prague – Akropolis
22/04/18 SK – Kosice – Colloseum
23/04/18 HU – Budapest – Barba Negra
24/04/18 AT – Wien – Szene
25/04/18 DE – München – Backstage
26/04/18 DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
27/04/18 DE – Bochum – Matrix
28/04/18 DE – Hamburg – Markthalle

In the meantime enjoy their latest video:

 

For more information visit:

http://www.primordialweb.com

https://www.facebook.com/primordialofficial

Pagan metallers Fortid release video for title track from Pagan Prophecies

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 2nd January 2014 by Nico Davidson

Extreme pagan metal warband Fortid are celebrating the new year with the release of their new video for the title track from their 2012 release Pagan Prophecies. The video was filmed and edited by Hannu Mikola of Visual Vortex and includes footage of the band performing live during their 2013 tour of Finland, as well as a series of images that point to the doom of mankind. Mikola followed the band on their tour of Finland, recording the performance of the song each night. The video can be viewed below.

Fortid was originally formed by Icelandic musician Einar Thorberg (Curse, Den Saakaldte) as a solo project in 2002, and the subsequent release of what is known as the Völuspá Trilogy, comprising three full-length albums, Thor’s Anger, The Arrival of Fenris and Fall of the Ages, established Fortid’s reputation and led to Thorberg’s move to Norway between the release of the second and third parts of the trilogy, where he recruited a permanent line-up.  Aside from Thorberg on guitars and vocals, Fortid’s current line-up includes Øystein Hansen (formerly of Thornbound) on guitars, Rikard Jonsson (Forsefed Horsehead, ex-Deject) on bass and Daniel Theobald (Curse, Den Saakaldte, Ethereal Forest) on drums. Work on the band’s fifth full-length album has just been completed and is ready for the mixing stage, and, whilst not wanting to go into too much detail yet, Thorberg recently revealed that the lyrics for the, as yet unnamed, album will be in Icelandic.

Fortid online:

http://facebook.com/fortid
http://youtube.com/FortidNorway
http://soundcloud.com/fortid
http://fortid.bigcartel.com/
http://myspace.com/fortidofficial
http://reverbnation.com/fortid

 

Equilibrium – Waldschrein EP

Posted in Review with tags , , on 3rd August 2013 by izaforestspirit

Equilibirium
Waldschrein EP
Released 16th August 2013
Epic Folk Metal/ Viking Metal
Released via Nuclear Blast Records

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‘Waldschrein’ is the new EP from the German pagan metal band Equilibrium. It is the follow-up to their 2010 album ‘Rekreatur’ and features a cover of the video game Skyrim‘s opening theme entitled ‘Himmelsrand’ as well as a re-vamped version of Der Sturm from the ‘Turis Fratyr’ album.

First up is the title track which comes complete with bird noises and the cheerful, epic folk metal that the band are renowned for. The melo-death metal style vocals are the only harsh elements present here as both the guitars and keyboards maintain the melodic tone of music. In many ways, this is a very uplifting song that puts the listener in a good mood.

Zwergenhammer features some catchy guitar riffage and the same “happy feel” as that of the title track despite the quicker pace. The Skyrim cover is pretty much what you’d expect to hear; catchy, “epic”-sounding guitar melodies infused with a choir-like chorus. Definitely fun to listen to even if you’re not familiar with the game.

3.5/5 – A very pleasant sounding EP. Now I’m really looking forward to the full album.

Iza Raittila

Fortid founding member issues statement about upcoming album and other projects

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 6th July 2013 by Nico Davidson

Einar Thorberg, the founding member and frontman of Norwegian Extreme Pagan Metallers Fortid has issued an update on the progress of the band’s fifth full-length album.

“The drums have been finalised, and we’re well into the pre-production stage and happy with the way things are progressing.  With this album I didn’t want to make a repeat of 2012’s Pagan Prophecies or any of our other albums come to that, so there will be more diversity in tempo, and maybe even an occasional flirtation with pop/rock, but not enough to upset our fans.  The lyrical concept of the album deals with the quest for knowledge and a deeper understanding of oneself and the universe through Nordic tradition and the story of Odin.  The lyrics will be in Icelandic, which is my mother tongue and allows me to express myself more personally and deeply than I could in any other language.

Thorberg formed Fortid in Iceland in 2002, essentially as a solo project, and released the first two parts of the Völuspá Trilogy, the full-length albums Thor’s Anger and The Arrival of Fenris, before moving to Norway and releasing the third part, Fall of the Ages.  By this time Fortid had a permanent line-up which today includes Thorberg on guitars and vocals, Øystein Hansen (ex-Thornbound) on guitars, Rikard Jonsson (Forcefed Horsehad, ex-Deject) on bass and Daniel Theobald (Curse, Den Saakaldte, Etherial Forest, Sarkom) on drums.

As well as Fortid, Thorberg has a number of other projects he is involved in, one of them being Midnattsvrede which has largely remained dormant since 1994, but is now active again, and set to release a split album with another of his projects, CurseMidnattsvrede’s contribution will be 4 tracks, one of which will be a cover of Ved Buens Ende’s Carrier of Wounds, a song that Thorberg is particularly excited about, having laid the groundwork for it back in 2007.  As he explains:

Finally the piece is going to come to light, and we’ll be interpreting it in a whole different way.  The track blends perfectly with Midnattsvrede’s own material and if you know VBE you’ll get some kind of idea of what to expect – but only partly!

Curse’s contribution will be one very long song which is divided into four separate tracks dealing with a blend of philosophy and science. It won’t be in the Black ‘n Roll style of Curse’s last album, but will hark back to the more atmospheric style that the band used on the split with Skydom.

In July, Thorberg will hit the stage at the Eistnaflug Music Festival in Reykjavík, Iceland, with Potentiam, the band that he fondly refers to as “the slowest working band there is”.  Despite this, after 16 years Potentiam is still going strong, with drums and half the guitars already recorded on what will be the band’s fourth full-length album which will feature eight tracks in the gloom-laden style for which Potentiam is known.

If Fortid and three other projects were not enough, Thorberg has also finished recording an album with Gudmundur Óli Pálmason from Sólstafir for Unknown Circle, a band he calls his new “experimental pet project”.   No decision has yet been taken as to how to proceed with Unknown Circle, but the album is ready and waiting.

Fortid online:

http://www.facebook.com/fortid
http://www.youtube.com/FortidNorway
http://soundcloud.com/fortid
http://fortid.bigcartel.com/
http://www.reverbnation.com/fortid

 

Fortid begins work on fifth studio album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 5th May 2013 by Nico Davidson

Extreme pagan metallers Fortid have begun work on what will be the band’s fifth full-length album.  Recording is set to take place in the early summer, and, whilst not wanting to give too much away, the band have revealed that all the lyrics for the album will be in Icelandic and that they already have a lot of material, more so than for previous albums.  The as yet untitled album will be the follow up to 2012’s much lauded Pagan Prophecies.

Formed in Iceland in 2002 by Einar Thorberg as a solo project, Fortid’s reputation was firmly established following the release of three full-length albums. Collectively known as the Völuspá Trilogy, the three albums, Thor’s Anger, The Arrival of Fenris and Fall of the Ages, were released between 2002 and 2010. Between the release of the second and third parts of the Trilogy, Thorberg moved to Norway where he recruited a permanent line up and Fortid became a fully functioning studio and live band.   Aside from Thorberg on guitars and vocals Fortid’s current lineup includes Øystein Hansen (ex-Thornbound) on guitars, Rikard Jonsson (Forsefed Horsehead, ex-Deject) on bass and Daniel Theobald (Curse, Den Saakaldte, Etherial Forest, Sarkom) on drums.

Fortid is set to play the remaining three dates of the Northern Darkness Tour in May along with Sweden’s Gra and Finland’s Antagonist Zero.  Dates as follows:

Thu 09 May, PRKL Club, Helsinki, Finland
FRI 10 May, Taidetehdas, Porvoo, Finland
Sat 11 May, Club Tapper, Tallinn, Estonia

Fortid online:

https://www.facebook.com/fortid
https://www.youtube.com/FortidNorway
https://soundcloud.com/fortid
http://fortid.bigcartel.com/
http://www.myspace.com/fortidofficial
http://www.reverbnation.com/fortid

 

Arkona – Decade of Glory

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on 3rd March 2013 by hammersmashedlauren

Arkona
Decade of Glory
Released 22nd February, 2013
Folk/Pagan Metal

Released via Napalm Record

Naturally, live albums sound much different than studio albums and give more of a sense of a band’s raw and natural talent. With the release of Decade of Glory live album, Russian folk/pagan metal band Arkona clearly shows a great deal of talent and musicianship. Each song off of this 3 disc live album is energetic and powerful in delivery. Arkona knows exactly how to captivate a crowd and keep them engaged with the show from start to finish.

Each performance was unique, and each song sounded very close to the studio album versions. Vocalist Masha does a phenomenal job with her beautiful clean vocals and killer growls as well keeping the audience bouncing and energetic. The use of flutes and bagpipes also kept the energy of the entire performance up as well. I felt that time flew by while I listened to this album due to how immersed I felt while I was listening to it. Having seen Arkona live before myself, I felt like I was standing there amongst the other people in the crowd banging my head to the music.

Generally, I’m not a fan of live albums only because I personally would rather be watching it live myself rather than listening to people who are there and actually enjoying the show. With Decade of Glory, however, it felt very realistic. The opening song Az’ gave me the chills you would typically feel while waiting for the main act of a concert to come out on stage. I give Arkona a ton of credit for being not only a great studio band but also a phenomenal live show, and if you ever get the chance, I highly recommend going and seeing this band play a show!

4.7/5

Lauren Gowdy

 

Knaat – Die Lichtung

Posted in Review with tags , , , on 10th October 2012 by izaforestspirit

Knaat
Die Lichtung
Released October 2012
Pagan Metal/ Folk Metal
Self-Released

‘Die Lichtung’ is the debut album from the German pagan metal band Knaat. According to their own statement, the band follows in the tradition of folk metal bands such as Equilibrium, Eluveitie, Korpiklaani and Ensiferum.

So after an ‘Intro’ akin to that of the opening credits to a battle scene in some epic movie, we enter folk metal territory with title track ‘Die Lichtung’ causing Knaat to sound like a Germany’s answer to Korpiklaani. It’s accordions galore with some equally catchy metal guitar riffs mixed in along with symphonic keyboards added for that “Ensiferum- twist”. However, it’s not all about the folk instruments, as ‘Unter Heiligen Hufen’ proves that these guys are also skilled guitarists offering some great solos to accompany the vocals and keyboards.

Then it’s time to hit the local tavern for some much needed refreshments as ‘Schenkentanz Intro’ and ‘Schenkentanz’ set the scene for a big feast with a catchy folk metal soundtrack to match. Yes, ‘Schenkentanz’ is one of those infectiously catchy tracks that will have you attempting some random polka dance moves whilst in the middle of a mosh-pit. ‘Sturm auf Windhelm’ features some flutes mixed in with the guitars creating a pleasant sounding blend of folk and metal. Another noteworthy tracks include: the accordion-laden ‘Spielmann’, which is the closest this band come to matching the speed and overall style of their fellow countrymen Equilibrium; and the final chapter of this release ‘Nordmannen’ offering more of the same catchy folk metal with some funny chanting towards end.

So if you’re a fan of Korpiklaani don’t let this album pass you by!

4/5

Iza Raittila

 

Knaat debut album “Die Lichtung” out Oct. 13th 2012

Posted in News with tags on 8th October 2012 by izaforestspirit

You thought that Pagan Metal boom is nearly over? Knaat don’t care about that at all!!!

Instead of thinking about changing anything in their style, Knaat prefer to deliver finest outstanding harsh & melodic Pagan Metal! The six-headed Bavarian Wood-Horde will enter the hearts of all Pagan Metal lovers with their promising debut album Die Lichtung, available from at 13th October 2012.

What started 2009 as a small project inspired by several big Pagan Bands such as Equilibrium, Ensiferum and Korpiklaani, should soon conquer stages in and around Munich under the name Knaat.

Since then, the six young heathens are able to convince more and more people with harsh but also melodic Pagan Metal.

At first there were shows on smaller stages and festivals but soon the Band could prove themselves as a support act for Wolfchant and Menhir. The boiling point was reached in the beginning of 2012, when Knaat were given the chance to play with Eluveitie, Equilibrium, Korpiklaani, Heidevolk, Solstafir, Negura Bunget and Primordial at the Paganfest Munich, in front of 1500 people.

The whole path led to their first Album Die Lichtung (loosely translated to “The Clearly”) which will be released on October 13th 2012.

http://www.knaat.de/
http://www.myspace.com/knaat

Tersivel – For One Pagan Brotherhood [2011]

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on 19th July 2011 by Nico Davidson

Band: Tersivel
Album: For One Pagan Brotherhood
Release year: 2011
Genre: Folk Metal/Pagan Metal

South America is well known for its vast metal scene and community which grows day by day with new bands appearing on the scene. Argentinian pagan metallers “Tersivel” have been a dominating force within this scene since forming in 2006. “For One Pagan Brotherhood” is the third studio release by Tersivel and their first full length album.

The album begins with the synth-guitar intro of “As Brothers We Shall Fight”. An aggressive guitar-double bass pedal combined riff follows after, creating a machine gun sound effect, which is well suited to the song due to the title. The vocals switch between brutal grunts and powerful clean vocals, both of which give the track more punch. The last half of the song seems to be calmer compared to the violent sounding first half, however, this does not take anything away from the music. The synth and keyboard sections certainly bring some very interesting parts as well. “As Brothers We Shall Fight” is a very sagaic song and brilliant choice to begin the album with.

”The Heathen Sun Of Revenge” begins with a true folk sounding intro in the form of clean vocals, folk instrumentation and acoustic guitars. The track eventually turns heavy but still keeps that good ol’ folk feel about it, which contrasts strangely well with the aggression of the guitars and drums. The clean vocals add a very solemn and sorrowful sound to the track. It ends with an epic synth section.

Straight after is “Far Away in the Distant Skies” with a very synth-heavy intro, though this doesn’t ruin the composition or sound of the song, as the synth leads into a violent guitar riff. The harsh vocals, in true folk metal style, are raw and aggressive while the cleaner vocals are strong but still have that raw edge to them. The drum work is intelligent yet barbaric, bring a new dynamic of brutality to the album. The piano medley in the second half of the song is a very calming section and emotionally touching at times. The guitar solo that soon follows is masterfully played.

”High Germany – Erin’s Jig” is another song that has a folk sound at the beginning. Though the dominating force of guitars, drums and synth soon replace the majestic folk-like intro. The folk and metal sections bounce off each other exceedingly well. The flute medleys complement the clean vocals, making the listener feel as if they’re back in pre-Christian Europe. Without a doubt, this is one of the more impressive tracks of the album – Which is saying a lot considering most, if not all, of the songs are impressive. “And Fires Also Died Away” begins with a darker sound compared to the grand, sagaic and folk sounding introductions of the other songs. The tempo eventually increases but the song stays solemn and dark.

”Those Days Are Gone” carries on the heartbroken feel of the previous song. This one is mostly acoustic guitar orientated with some subtle orchestration that blends well with the clean vocals.  Beginning the second half of the album is the accordion-dominated “Tarantella Siciliana” [Which is also the name of a folk dance in Sicily]. The song contains that “get up and party until you pass out” feel that conjures up images of happy villagers dancing around in celebration.

Beginning with a synth-guitar-drum intro, “We Are The Fading Sun” blasts its way next. A dark, heavy piano medley follows the intro and is soon replaced by a vicious, face-melting guitar riff. Vocally, the track is dominated by harsh vocals to begin with, though the clean vocals do get some pretty epic sections as well. The chorus, itself, is very catchy. There is a calm section roughly half way through which suddenly turns heavy dramatic within the blink of an eye. The use of keyboards and guitars towards the end is brilliant. “We Are The Fading The Sun” leaves the listener wanting more.

Fortunately enough, the listener gets more in the form of “Aeolian Islands”. Like some of the previous pieces on the album, “Aeolian Islands” is composed of acoustic guitar, along with some use of flutes. It certainly has a very folk feel to it. “Cosa Nostra” starts with a keyboard-heavy riff, which carries on through most of the track. The vocals, to begin with, sound out of key and do sort of ruin the music, however in the chorus, they do improve massively.

The second to last track is “Pagan Nation”, beginning with the sound of swords followed by an aggressive guitar section. The keyboard sections are grand, majestic and awesome. The drums and guitars are aggressive and brutal, as they should be. The vocals are immense, contrasting well with the music. Overall, the track is very sagaic. The final song is “Cruzat Beer House” [named after a pub in Buenos Aires, Argentina]. The intro is a slow, melodic piano medley which is soon accompanied by an acoustic guitar. The song soon begins to feel like a good ol’ fashioned drinking anthem with the introduction of the accordions. Even the vocals echo the sound of a good time to be had with beer. The fast and slow tempos of the song certainly add to it’s folky jig-like feel. This will certainly become a drinking song for folk metallers around the world.

”For One Pagan Brotherhood” seems different compared to other folk metal releases – Be it the lack of Viking/Celt-based lyrics or the use of accordions with a brilliant combination of clean and harsh vocals. Of course, it’s different in the good sense. This is certainly a monumental album and will no doubt be considered one of the greatest albums of folk metal in years to come.

4.5/5

Nico Davidson