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Monday, October 19, 2020

Kiova/Empty Fields And Smoked-Filled Skies/Off Records/Maniyax Records/2020 EP Review

 


Kiova  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black,  sludge  metal  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Empty  Fields  And  Smoked-Filled  Skies"  which  will  be  released  on  October  30th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Off  and  Maniyax  Records.




  A  very  hard  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  post  hardcore  elements.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  sludge  style  growls  and  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  

  The  songs  also  add  in  a    decent  amount  of  d  beat  elements  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal style  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up a   small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also b e  heard.


  Kiova  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  post  black,  sludge  metal  and  hardcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Slavic  mythology  and  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.


  In  my  opinion  Kiova  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  black,  sludge  metal  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "From  Man  Of  God  To  Voracious  Beast".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/Kiovaband 
https://kiovaband.bandcamp.com


https://youtu.be/6pGiwBTIpJY

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Twisted Mist Interview

 


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? Twisted Mist is the result of a musical project in which we compose morceau mixing a rather brutal and primitive metal tainted with medieval sounds. Our music can be perceived as pagan or folk metal. We try to relate a tale through concept albums, which are mostly made of instrumental songs. Traditional instruments, such as the hurdy gurdy, the bombarde or certain types of flutes are featured in our albums. Our next album, Orbios, will be released in November and deals with legacy. 


2.In November you have a new album coming out in November, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past? Musically, Orbios is quite different from our old stuff. With "Mortui Vivos Docent" and "Le brâme", our goal was to offer a travel throughout the album, halfway between traditional song and death metal. Even if it’s the goal behind Orbios too, the travel isn’t the same here. We wanted something more spiritual, with a large panel of feelings and tried to highlight this during the writing and composition process. However, in Orbios, we needed to emphasize the topic of the legacy, therefore we decided to sing in languages such as Latin or old French.


 3.Your earlier music was instrumental while the newer music has vocals, what was the decision behind going into this direction? In our previous albums, we wanted to create an atmosphere, more than relating a tale. On this new album, it’s totally different. If it’s still important for us to make people travel through our album, we wanted above all a narration, a message behind the concept.


 4.A lot of your lyrics cover Paganism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic? We are fond of the Middle-Ages, Pagan legends and the History of Music more globally. It was pretty obvious for us to incorporate some pagan stuff during the writing process. That’s why Orbios is an album which deals with spiritual legacy. This topic means a lot to us so that’s why we wanted to allude to it and even present it throughout our lyrics. 


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Twisted Mind'? Actually, we wanted to create a “misty” or “tortuous” aspect to the path taken by Twisted Mist and its compositions. We venture to music in which we experiment, thanks to a substantial collection of traditional instruments. We explore new things and we think that this name is a representation of what we create. It is not constantly the same, we don’t follow a straight path, from time to time it’s brutal, joyful, melancholic, and often spiritual… We also like to think of it as branches of a tree. We can also add that there is a forest in Verzy, near our city, Reims, in which we can gaze at Faux, trees which are naturally tortuous. So this was also an allusion to these trees, that we can also find in the logo of the band... 


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on this album cover? There are a lot of aspects to take into account. First, the colour. We chose to use mainly the red and it is scattered by black spots. On the one hand red represents life, energy and most importantly blood, the first true legacy of a parent to their child even before birth. Black, on the other hand, represents death, void and is an addition to the duality dealt with in Orbios. The hand symbolizes a mark. A mark is a visual and tangible track of somebody's passing. It corresponds to the theme of our album. Finally, there's a circle which surrounds the handprint in the centre of the sleeve and which is like the representation of the album: cyclic and without beginning or end, just like an Ouroboros 


7.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea? Considering the number of instruments played and the fact that we are a pair, even if we’ve played live on our own in the past, it’s difficult to think about a live performance for the moment because of some logistical reasons. Of course the COVID context doesn't really help us. Anyway, we’re not opposed to this idea, but we’ll need more time to think about it and more musicians to help us play all these instruments during a show.


 8.The new album is coming out on Music-Records, how did you get in contact with this label? We were looking for a label that could understand the way we decided to take on Orbios and the work behind this concept album. We wanted to work with people who are passionate and ready to support our music. We were lucky enough to hear about Music-Records. We were able to talk about our album and they perfectly understood our approach. 


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of pagan and folk metal? It is too soon to really know and tell. We’ve already had good feedback on our previous compositions and they are also really positive for the first single of “Orbios”. Some listeners tell us that they “travel thanks to our music”, it is obviously heart-warming for us. 


10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? To be honest, we still have some difficulties imagining things that far. For the moment, we want to support, promote Orbios and share our music as much as we can. We are beginning to think about the successor of Orbios.


 11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays? We often listen to traditional medieval music. We particularly enjoy some of the performances of Guillaume de Machaut’s morceau. We are interested by traditional formation such as “Les derniers Trouvères” or the Belarusian band “Stary Olsa”. We also admire bands such as Danheim or Wardruna. We really are fond of metal music: we can listen to Iron Maiden, Hypno5e, Gojira, Meshuggah, Grorrr, Sepultura, Avatar, Eluveitie, etc. 


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?  We would like to thank you for showing interest in our project and also thank the label Music-Record for putting their trust and helping us promote our creations !


https://www.facebook.com/twistedmist2014/
https://www.instagram.com/twisted.mist/

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Skalmold/10 Year Anniversary - Live In Reykjavik/Napalm Records/2020 Live Album Review

 


  Skalmold  are  a  band  from  Iceland  that h as  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  Viking  and  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "!0 Year  Anniversary  -  Live  In  Reykjavik"  which  will  be  released  on  October  23rd  by  Napalm  Records.


  Live  audience  reaction  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  pagan  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  At  times  the  vocals  add  in  more  of  a  semi  rough  style  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  in  some  parts  of  the  music.  Keyboards  and  folk  music  elements  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  songs  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic in  length,  When  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard,  some  of  the songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts. 


  On  this  recording  Skalmold  takes  their  mixture  of  folk  nd  Viking  metal  plays  a  bunch  of  songs  from  albums  they  have  released  over  the  years  to  a  live  audience.  The  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Mythology,  Icelandic  Poetry  and  Battle  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Skalmold  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Viking  and  folk  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  live  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aras"  "Niflheimur"  "Daudi"  and  "Kvadning".  8  out  of  10.


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Monday, October 5, 2020

Gwydion/Self Titled/Art Gates Records/2020 CD Review

 


  Gwydion  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  epic,  atmospheric,  melodic  and  symphonic  mixture  of  folk, Viking, black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2020  album  which will be  released  in  November  by Art Gates  Records.


  Epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  symphonic  elements  onto  the  recording  that  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times. The  vocals  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  aggressive  shouts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of melody  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  deeper  vocals  also add  in  some  touched  of  death  meta.  Elements  of  folk  music  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit throughout  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 


  When  clean  vocals  are  utilized  they  also  give  the songs  more  of  a  Viking  metal  touch  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  plying  also  being  utilized  briefly  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording,  some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  traditional  metal  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  female  vocals  are  also  added  on  the  closing  song.  The  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vikings,  Battles,  Iberian  Culture/History,  Mythology  and  Alcohol  themes,


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gwydion  and  if  you  are  a  dab  of  atmospheric,  melodic  and  symphonic  folk,  Viking,  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stand  Alone"  "Battle  Of  Aclud  Ford"  "Ale  Mead  And  Wine"  and  "Hammer  Of  the  Gods".  8out  of  10.


www.gwydion.org/
www.facebook.com/GwydionPT
www.instagram.com/gwydionofficial/

www.twitter.com/GwydionMetal       

Friday, October 2, 2020

Sacramentum/Finis Malorum/Vic Records/2020 EP Re-Issue Review

 


  Sacramentum  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  melodic  and  blackened  form  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1990  ep  "Finis  Malorum" which  will  be  re-issued  on  October  30th  by  Vic  Records  and  the  re-issue  also  consists  of  their  1993  demo  "Sedes  Impiorum"  Sepultura,  Mercyful  Fate  covers  and  one  very  early  and  rare  track.


  Melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  the  more  melodic  side  of  Swedish  death  metal.  One  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  into  the  music  along  with  another  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  cover  songs  also  bringing  in  a  different  style  than  the  original  versions  as  well  as  introducing  some  demonic  growls  onto  the  compilation.  The  intro  on  the  demo  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  the  demo  material  has more  death  metal  elements  than  the  more  recent  material  but  still  very  heavily  influenced  by  black  metal.  some  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the lyrics  cover  dark  fantasy,  paganism,  chaos,  darkness  and  death  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Sacramentum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Travel  With  The  Northern  Winds"  "Pagan  Fire"  "Stormbringer"  and  "Morbid  Humanity". 8out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/sacramentumofficial/


      

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Twisted Mist/Orbios/Music-Records/CD Review

 


  Twisted  Mist  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album "Orbios"  which  will  be released in  November  by  Music-Records.


  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  folk  instruments  a  few  seconds  later  while  tribal  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  folk  elements  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  a  lot  of t he  vocals  also  being  done  in  a  clean  pagan  style.


  Grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  One  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental  along  with  the  guitar  leads  also  being  done  in  a  melodic  style  when  they  are  used  briefly  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  all  of  the  tracks  also  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style.


  Twisted  Mist  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  folk  music  and  melodic  pagan  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Paganism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Twisted  Mist  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  folk  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Matir"  "Finis  Vitae"  and  "Orbios".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/twistedmist2014/

https://www.instagram.com/twisted.mist/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd-0TeoI8_A&ab_channel=MusicRecordsChannel  

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Kromheim/Self Titled/2020 EP Review


  Kromheim  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  viking,  folk  and  melodic  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2020  ep.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  ep  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  growls  and s creams  which  also  add  in  touch  of  black  metal.  The  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  elements  of  folk  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  more  of  a  symphonic  style  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording.

  Kromheim  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  folk,  viking,  melodic  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vikings  and  Medieval  Fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kromheim  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  viking,  folk,  melodic  death  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Prayer"  and  "Storm  Of  The  Gods".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56xxRBMscbk&feature=youtu.be

https://kromheim.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.facebook.com/kromheim/ 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Juodvarnis/Nerimo Dienos/Dangus Productions/2020 CD Review


  Juodvarnis  are  a  band  from  Lithuania  that  plays  a  progressive  and  melodic  mixture  of  pagan,  black  and death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Nerimo  Dienos"  which  was  released  by  Dangus  Productions.

  Viking  war  battle  sounds  start  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  are  also a dded  into  some  part  of  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  thrash  style  bordering  on death  metal.

  Clean  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark,  black  and  pagan  metal  elements, sitar's  and  percussion's  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  the  album  closes  with  a  cover  A.M's  "Trys".  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Lithuanian  and  cover  Paganism  and  Nature  themes,.

  In  my  opinion  Juodvarnis  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  melodic  mixture  of d ark,  black,  pagan  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Is  Amziu  Saknu"  "Tik  Dulkes"  and  "Sielos  Dugne".  8  out  of  10.

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Kosmogonia Interview


1. Hello everybody, we are Kosmogonia, we come from Greece and we play folk, melodic, death metal. Our name comes from the Greek word κοσμογονία (cosmogony= birth of the world). It is an ancient, pagan word that symbolizes the world’s creation and sacred harmony. Our music and lyrics are inspired by Greek and generally European mythology and history.

2.Recently you have released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous demos?
2. We started as a thrash, death metal band however, from 2017 we started playing folk metal. Our first album “Enthrone the gods” is the outcome of a three-year long journey which includes our first demos “Elysian fields” and “Triiris”.

3.A lot of your lyrics cover Greek Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
3. As we mentioned before, our music is inspired by the ancient, pagan Europe. “Enthrone the gods” has an ancient Greek theme which is a mixture of Greek mythology and ancient Greek historic moments. Ancient Greece is the perfect way for us, since we are Greek, to start our journey through the ancient world and its numerous civilizations.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kosmogonia'?
4. Kosmogonia which comes from the Greek word κοσμογονία (cosmogony) as we mentioned before, symbolizes the world’s birth and the power of renewal and these symbolisms are the key to our music. This word symbolizes our connection with the ancient world and its gods and goddesses through a “tool” and that tool for us is our instruments with which we give life to something new.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
5. The album’s artwork (made by Cosmas Hiolos) has many symbolisms. The young lady symbolizes the rebirth of the ancient spirit while the eagle that flies behind her is eternal Zeus which symbolizes the return of gods to Mount Olympus. The volcanic background symbolizes rebirth.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. There have been plenty of lives in which we have participated in. We enjoyed all of them as much as our fans did and we believe that our presence on stage takes them on the journey that we do every time we play live.

7.The new album was released on 'Cronus Productions',can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
7. Cronus Productions is a freelance company founded by the members of the band and its goal is to help other metal bands come to the spotlight. It helped us majorly for our first album’s release.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of folk and extreme metal?
8. “Enthrone the gods” was a big success worldwide. We already have fans from many countries and we can’t wait to play live for them. The critiques around the world about the album are exquisite and we can’t thank everybody enough for their support!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. We hope that we continue to evolve as a band and as musicians and that is our goal. So far we thing that we’re going to that direction.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10. Great famous bands such as Eluveitie, Esiferum and lots of others are a big inspiration for us. We listen to folk metal and other subgenre of metal music as well as neofolk music from many different European countries. For us, ancient civilizations are magical and we think that music may be the only way to travel there.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. We like sports, reading and watching series and movies but of course we all have different tastes.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. We hope that the corona virus pandemic ends in order for us to travel, meet our fans and play live for them. In conclusion, we would like to give our thanks to all of those who support us in every way possible as well as Dinos Lavrentakis from Woodstock Studios, Marinos Tokas and OGrego (Athanasios Karapanos) who worked hard for our album’s recording, symphonic orcestration, mixing and mastering respectively.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAJINgBopaU

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Protokult Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?



The recording took longer than usual, studio obligations, funding, other projects, and I think COVID actually benefitted us finally releasing it, however, all the bookings and potential dates for supporting it this year have gone out the window. We’ve been looking at new merch in the meantime, writing new material and everyone has some extra time to focus on their own projects at the moment.



2.You have a new album coming out in October, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



I’d say it’s the most consistent. There’s an appropriate “breathing room” here and there but it’s a banger from start to end. The age-old formula works so we try to stay true to what makes metal great in the first place,

Heavy metal is alive and well. Perhaps it’s meant to thrive in a more underground subculture and that’s part of what makes it rewarding. Specifically, musically, it’s a rush meant to be enjoyed either as a whole journey or at any entry point, we’ve ensured that.



We felt the tracks flowed really well and gelled with each other, every time we play them, we still get that rush and wanted to capture that energy and voyage on record. We approached this record with a bit more maturity and consistency so the result is heavier, faster, darker. Of course there are still some party-themed, fun moments but we never wanted to be a one-trick pony.



With Transcending The Ruins, it’s like a mature, refined version of the first record, it’s heavy where it has to be, and there are female parts (exclusively) where they have to be, so it’s not a forced fit.



3. This is also your first release since 2016, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?



Two summers were spent recording the album, we didn’t wrap up until 2019! Some members chose career paths, mortgages, so as fun as that life stuff is, it’s time-consuming. We started demoing for the album around 2017 and playing the odd gig here and there. We’re hometown heroes and faves but it’s nice to try and get out of that circle when possible, so a few out-of-town gigs, some fun acoustic ones too were played as well as some bigger ones around Toronto.



4. A lot of your lyrics cover Paganism themes, which forms of paganism do you connect with the most?



Slavonic/Eastern-European primarily, as that is where the majority of the band originates from and associates with. A lot of us have heard tales from childhood, have seen films with references, or even operas, so those forms, rituals, and superstitions tend to stick.

I’d love to explore (and admire those who do) Canadian-First Nation/Aboriginal forms but I do not think it would be genuine for us – we are still on THEIR land – the real Canadians.





5. What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with the music?



The best teacher is experience, so there are a few personal songs like Feed Your Demons, Troubled Lad and Valley Of Thorns, so of course life experience and reflection play a role. Otherwise, the fascination with folklore, history, and nature is still persistent in tracks like Mark Of Thunder, Oy Kanada, 1516, and Rusalka.





6. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Protokult'?





Inspired and fascinated by various metal genres alongside folk-culture, after a few years of experimenting, Protokult was meant to fuse the two together while paying homage to the past and honoring the underground. Essentially, it’s a tribute to all the loners, delinquents, misfits who never fit in and want to do their own thing, musically or anything else. It’s about standing up for what you believe in and hopefully bonding with like-minded individuals; a preliminary cult, so to speak.



7. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?





The front cover and back were painted by Ukrainian-Canadian artist, Marie Cherniy and depicts a siren-like figure in a pool of blood. She is holding a dove, which represents either the possibility for peace or peace coming to an end. The blood itself acts as a portal to Transcendence (through one's own blood or that of others) and the crumbling ruins behind her evoke a need to move on and leave the past (or current state) behind.



We didn’t want something typically “metal”, but somewhat dreamy, thought-provoking, artsy, and just metal enough.



8. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?



We’ve played a few Paganfests in our hometown over the years, often we’ll play with Arkona when they’re passing through. Great band. In 2018 we did a wild show with Alestorm and Gloryhammer at the Danforth Music Hall which was an unrelenting ritualistic assault, all night!



I guess that’s one way of describing our performance: Relentless, an intoxicating nightly assault.





9. Currently, the band is unsigned, are you open to working with another label again in the future?



We are always on the lookout and willing to review offers, as much as I support and admire smaller DIY labels, there has to be a plan and a sense of dedication, looking out for your artist/client. It’s almost like if you’re not with a major label these days, you’re probably better off being independent. And even then, a lot of “artists” would be willing to do their own thing,





10. On a worldwide level, how has the reaction been to your music by fans of folk metal?



   The fans who actually listen a little deeper to the records can attest that we’re more than some drinking-metal gimmick band (I.E people who listen to more than just a single or Get Me A Beer hah!), I don’t usually care for reviews but there have been some kind words of how we are a bit darker, more progressive than initially presented/perceived. It’s a total niche genre/market so I am grateful for all the fans and listeners willing to tune in and appreciate our art, South America, Europe, America, and of course all our dedicated Canucks! (Canadians)





11. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?



Our young guitar star, Jack has a few things he is a part of. Vias, Pterodactyl Problems, more rock-based but they are always keeping busy and active.

He and Kaveh (drums) actually have a great new thrash band as well- Korrosive. Very riff-based and proper.

Kaveh also has this epic-black metal thing he’s been doing for years, Into Oblivion

And Ekaterina has been focusing more on the folk-groups, which is her specialty.

Meden Glas is a group of scholars who focus usually on traditional songs from the Balkans and Blisk is a group of awesome ladies who do more of the Eastern-European tunes.



Myself, I try to honor Type O Negative with a few tribute gigs every year in a band called Xero Tolerance and I also play keyboards and compose in a symphonic-goth-doom local act, Mortalfall who have just released their first demo/EP. Highly recommended for fans of those genres.



All those groups are available online at the usual sources/links.





12. Where do you see the band heading musically during the future?



  Despite the odd experimentation or fascination, most of us are heavy metal fans/traditionalists at heart (Thrash metal, black, death) so that foundation and essence will always be there. With this new release, it’s definitely more in your face and at the forefront. We’ve already started to write a few new heavy tunes in that more blackened-thrash-speed direction (with melodic-folk finesse of course) so whether we’ll release them as singles, a split or even a possible EP we’ll see what happens over the next year or so with the industry and interests.





13. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?



Of course the pioneers of the folk-heathen genres, Arkona, Skyclad, Skyforger, Bathory, Pagan Reign, Drudkh, Nokturnal Mortum as well as the traditional forefathers I.E Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Emperor, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Sodom to name a few.



There’s tons of new music being released and unfortunately, we cannot keep up! There’s a theory that the best music you keep coming back to is from your nostalgic pre-teen to young adult years, so obviously we still party and listen to bands/albums we listened to 20+ years ago.



New(ish) music that some of us take a fancy to these days include bands like Legend, Solstafir (both unique Icelandic groups), Midnight, Mgla, Ruins of Beverast, Tarot, Black Magick SS and Blut Aus Nord.



14. What are some of your non-musical interests?



With age, it’s essential you stay fit, both mentally and physically in this modern crazy age. I hit the gym, regularly lift weights, go bike riding or hiking in our beautiful Canadian nature, play the odd tennis game, and hit the hills/mountains snowboarding in the winter months. Traveling the world and exploring history and culture is strived for at least once or twice a year.

  I’m constantly engaged in literature, often reading 2-3 books at once, all the while trying not to get bogged down in the fear tactics and politics of the day. Family time and spending time with loved ones is mandatory too.



15. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?


Thank you for supporting underground metal music! We will get through this and don’t let the “powers that be” bring you down! Hails!

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Protokult/Transcending The Ruins/2020 Full Length Review


  Protokult  are  a  band  from  Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  folk  and  pagan  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  self  released  album  "Transcending  The  Ruins"  which  will  be  released  in  October.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the recording.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Vocals  are  mostly  blackened  screams  that  also  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  along  with  some  rough  pagan  metal  singing  also  being  utilized  at  times.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  folk  instruments  also  being  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  and  back  up  shouts  also  showing  an  influence  of  thrash  metal.

  When  the  music  speeds  up a   decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  symphonic  and  orchestra  sounds  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  power  metal  style  vocals  being  added  on  a  couple  of  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Folklore  and  Historical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Protokult  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  pagan  and  folk  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mark  of  Thunder"  "Oy  Kanada!"  "Valley  Of  thorns"  and  "Dead  new  World". 8out  of  10.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Midgard/Tales Of Kreia/Sliptrick Records/2020 CD Review


  Midgard  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  mixture  of  folk,  viking  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Tales  Of  Kreia"  which  will  be  released  on  August  18th  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  Melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  start  off  the  album  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  screams  adding  in  touches  of  black  metal.  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  blast  beats  are  also  utilized  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  songs  also  add  in  folk  instruments.  Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  showing  some  influences  of  the  Swedish  style  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style,  clean  male  pagan  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.

  Midgard  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  folk,  viking  and  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  fantasy  themes  and  philosophical  issues  about  life  and  death.

  In  my  opinion  Midgard  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  folk,  viking  and  melodic  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Necromancer"  "Dwarf  King"  "Elven  Blade"  and  "Ice  Spirit". 8  out  of  10.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Kosmogonia/Enthrone The Gods/Cronus Productions/2020 CD Review


  Kosmogonia  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  mixture  of  folk,  pagan  and  melodic  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2020  album  "Enthrone  the  Gods"  which  was  released  by  Cronus  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  epic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with    brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into a   heavier  musical  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Elements  of  folk  music  and  flutes  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  some  clean  pagan  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times.  Operatic  female  vocals  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  also  being  mixed  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music.

  Throughout  the  album  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  songs  also  show  an  influence  of  the  more  melodic  side  of  black  metal  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  of  keyboards,  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  on  some  songs  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  and  at  times  the  music  also  has  its  symphonic  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Greek  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kosmogonia  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  folk,  pagan  and  melodic  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Elysian  Fields" "Dionysian  Song"  "Legacy  Of  Myrmidons"  and  "Pandora's  Fall".  8  out  of  10.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Magni Interview


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1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Clint - It comes from The Neofolk and Pagan Black metal I have loved over the years I founding member of  As All Die ( Martial Neofolk/Noise) I wanted to bring some of those elements back with my love of bands like  Tenhi, Of the Wand and the Moon, Antimatter, Falkenbach and Blood Axis. Ryan brought in the Goth elements for sure esp on track 3 " The Watcher" which he does the vocals on.  Goto - https://magnifolk.bandcamp.com/  to hear and order !!!

 Ryan-The music of project is a folk Gothic metal Doom dark insane project that has melodies harshness and everything else in between

2.You have an ep coming out in September, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Clint-  I would  Say  Folk, Black metal,  Northern European Pagan music and some Gothic Doom elements
Ryan-  Well at RPM Studios we went with a nice acoustic folk undertones and we just let the project grow as it was I wanted the Neil Young darker side of the folk doom style of music


3.A lot of your lyrics and the band name come from Asataru and Norse Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this path?

Clint- I'm a worshiper of Asatru and have had a love of bands that follow that path so many to mention but many in Viking, Black, Death Metal and Neo classical and folks sides. I never take my hammer off even while sleeping. The lyrics are around how Raganok is the End and Rebirth of mankind all at once and how there is never really an ending, it's just the next cycle to something new. The name is just one of Thors son's and the only one to ever be able to use Mjölnir. The Germanic Gods are more like us then you think and we need to go back to the old ways or this world is doomed to suffer.

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new ep cover?

Clint- The cover is German Wheel of the year that shows the eight Sabbats for Festivals.

5.The ep is coming out on 'Dead Games Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Clint-  DGR is a label Ryan started years ago and then seemed to go into slumber He and I decided to give it a rebirth and release some of our material to start so 1st 4 releases are  Idiot Robot ( DeathPop/Indie Rock)  Magni ( Blackened Prog Folk)  Until the Sky Dies ( Death/Doom meets Odd Electro Post Metal) and The Slumbering ( Doom Noise). At this time it's a label just for our projects but who knows as we are fully focused on the label doing Limited CD or Cassette Runs for releases and well as full PR push through Against PR and have Digital Distro through all the major channels. goto http://deadgamesrecords.com its all there.

Ryan-For the record label we just don't do one style music it's whatever we like

6.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal and folk music?

Clint-As the album is not even out yet only time will tell. Those who have heard or pre-ordered the feedback have been very positive. Many say it the favorite thing I've done in years.

7.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Clint- Until the sky dies, Kadaver/Listing, The Slumbering, Idiot Robot

Ryan- Ryan michalski AKA Spaceking, DeadDarkSlide, Idiot Robot


8.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the project heading into musically during the future?

Clint- I'm working on new material already and it's going to be in the same common themes . Magni is a Pagan Folk Project with Blackened Metal and Gothic overtone. I hope to have a full length out by end of 2021

9.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Clint- Thergothon , Dolorian, Bethlehem, Fleurety, Manes, Queen, Monster Magnet, Neurosis, Swans, Cop Shoot Cop, Tenhi, Shudder to think, Nirvana, Blood Axis, Bathory, Marduk, Emperor, Devin Townsend, Dan Swano and Bolt thrower and the list goes on

Ryan- Neil Young , Pornos for pyros , Culture Club, The Cars ,  Ramones , G&R ,S.O.D, Metallica, M.O.D , Slayer
Listening to nowadays- Ed Sheeran, Lisa Loeb, That Dog & Green Day


10.What are some of your non musical interests? 

Clint- Working on Linux Computer, DC/Marvel Comics, Sci Fi, History ( Esp War themes and Religions), Cooking Shows, Some Horror and Thrillers.

Ryan- Housewives of Beverly Hills & Orange County . Watching horror movie & Sci-Fi movies watching NHL . Playing Dungeons & Dragons & Star Wars Legions and watching Christy knows best. And hanging out with my wife Milissa



Saturday, July 18, 2020

Magni/Self Titled/Dead Game Records/2020 EP Review


  Magni  are  duo  from  Phoenix,  Arizona  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  gothic  folk,  progressive  music  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2020  ep  which  will  be  released  in  September  by Dead  Games  Records.

  Folk  instruments  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  clean  goth  style  vocals  while  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  at  times.  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  some  drum  beats  also  being  added   into  certain  sections  of  the  tracks.

   One  track  also  introduces  keyboards  and  symphonic  elements  onto  the  recording  while  grim  black  emtal  screams  can  also be heard briefly.  All  of  the  tracks  all  sound  very  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  always  sticking  to  very  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Magni  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  gothic  folk,  progressive  rock  and  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Magni  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  folk  music,progressive  rock  and  pagan  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ragnarok"  and  "Golden  Fields".  8  out  of  10.


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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Velkhanos Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Velkhanos is a band established in 2018 and is set apart by a broad fusion of styles within metal. It is made of Miriam on vocals, Fernando and Pablo on the guitars, Ángel on bass guitar and Jose Antonio on the drums.

2.Recently you have released your first album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

The style we chose was not to choose any style. We wanted to do whatever we felt like, taking bits and pieces from here and there and knock something different in to shape. We thought: “I like Death, Heavy, Black, Power… Why should I have a different band for each style? So we started working on each track while letting ourselves get carried away, experimenting, looking for a connection between styles… In the end we are very pleased with the album, with rythms from Melodic Death and Black, solos from Heavy and choruses from Power. This might have many dectractors, we are aware of that. The next album will be very different and we think that’s the beauty of it, being able to change (within certain limits) and set labels aside.


3.Some of your lyrics touch on mythological themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?

This album in particular is centered on religion, that’s why there is some mythology in there, although we have tried to steer clear of clichés, avoiding names of gods or beings. The idea was to talk about the relationship between God and human beings. Who created who? Do we try to justify our actions in the name of a greater good? Are our successes or failures the favour or punishment of some deity? Fernando has always been really into literature, history and philosophy.

Our lyrics are based on these concepts, beginning with Bring Me The Fire which is about afterlife, the struggle amongst religions to add another soul to their list; about the Inquisition (The Eye Of God), the search of a god’s compassion through sacrifice (Moloch) or simply telling a tale such as Dagon, H. P. Lovecraft’s work, which also fits the album theme.


4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

For our new álbum we are doing a lot of reading and researching material of historical character, even though we are going to embellish it with rituals and witchcraft. We have a good baseline story to write a great album. We cannot give up much more, but, in general, we have very diverse interests.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Velkhanos'?

Velkhanos was the god of fire and nature according to Cretan mythology. We are really passionate about Mediterranean culture and all the blend of civilizations it entailed. Velkhanos, the god, has been present in the great Greek and Roman civilizations, which are precisely the maximum representative of Mediterranean cultural symbiosis. Velkhanos, the band, is a symbiosis of styles within the Metal. This made us relate and also lead us to center our first album on religion.


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

The Cover is the work of Fátima Ruiz, photographer and a great artist. Fernando and Fátima worked for a few days on the concept and the idea materialized. Our cover has the four horsemen of the apocalypse as its context, along with the central figure, the Wrath. This character ends up being a combination of the other four and it’s the liaison between the human being and the gods. The Wrath is both divine and mortal at the same time, ones feel it for the other, reciprocally. Some feel love and some feel hate, but the Wrath is inherent to both. To be honest, we are very happy with the job done.


7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

The best shows are the ones yet to come. For “The Wrath”’s tour we are working on a good stage production, with an important visual impact. We want for the audience to dive into the songs and enjoy it as much as they can.

8.The new album was released on 'Art Gates Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


Art Gates Records is a label with years of experience who works with some of the leading bands currently on our country, such as Noctem, In Mute, Irdorath, Leo Jiménez, Morphium, Injector… We are very happy to be able to work with them and they do make things easier for us.



9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of melodic black and death metal?

We have come across all sorts of reactions, some very good and some not so much. There is people who love changes, blends, growing in the musical sphere and experimenting. On the other hand there is people who are more of a purist who feel this mixtures are almost sacrilege. You cannot please everybody and we would rather do what we enjoy, mix as many styles as we like or elements we like from each of them.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We are going to keep working on the path we are currently taking, polishing the mistakes we have made and that we now see from afar. We will do a new album more complex and contundent, with room for experimentation. We will no longer be driven by the wish to release material so it will be and advantage for doing a well rounded job. We already have some tracks and they sound impressive.



11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We like many bands of many different styles, and our favorites don’t even come sound close to what we do, so we would not say we have any models. Which is to say, we don’t plan for the band to sound like the bands we like, we aim to sound in a way we ourselves like in a given moment. It is something hard to explain, but we basically try to stay away from influences. Bands we listen can be as diverse as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Helloween, Gojira, Vhäldemar, Soulitude, Grimah, Amon Amarth, Nightwish, Mgla, Fleshgod, Death… The list is never-ending.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?

We love cinema, literature, food and drink. We often do barbeques to strengthen the bonds between band members. We also like sports such as mountain climbing, horse riding, cycling…


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

We would like for everyone to give the full album a chance, you might not enjoy one track but you will like some other, and for the listener to enjoy all of the work we have put into it. We are looking forward to going out on the road to present our album and giving the audience the best we have.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Cult Of Frey/By The Blood Of Odin: Part 1 - Midgard/UKEM Records/2020 Full Length Review


  Cult  Of  Frey  are  a  duo  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  epic  mixture  of  viking  and  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "By  The  Blood  Of  Odin:  Part  1  -  Midgard"which  was  released  by  UKEM  Records.

  Clean  pagan  vocals  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a decent  amount  of  keyboards  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while t he  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  folk  elements.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  adds  a  black  metal  influence  onto  the  recording.  At  times  the  vocals  also  get  rough  sounding  while  the  riffs  also  add  in a   great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount of  nature,  battle  and  ocean  sounds,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  ti  them  ans  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vikings  and  Norse  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cult  Of  Frey  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  mixture  of  viking  and  folk  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "We  Were  Born  of  Odin  (Once  We  Where  Kings  Part  3)"  "Northwind  (Carry  Him  Home)"  and  "Death  In  The  Shield  Wall  (Song  Of  The  Ravens)".  8  out  of  10. 

http://caligarirecords.bandcamp.com/album/demo-15