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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.


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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.

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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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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. 

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Skylord/Frostcraft/Soundage Productions/2019 CD Review


  Skylord  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  symphonic  mixture  of  viking,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Frostcraft" which  was  released  by  Soundage  Productions.

  Keyboards  start  off  the  album  while  also  using  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  The  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  symphonic  sounding  while  death  metal  growls  and  clean  pagan  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.  The  music  also  has  a  lot  of  90's  influences  as  well  as  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  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  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  faster  riffing  along  as  well  as  some  of  the  clean  vocals  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  power  metal.

 Some  of  the  tracks  also  mix  in  elements  of  folk  metal  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also showing  some  influences  of  goth  and  doom  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nature,  Fantasy,  Paganism  and  Russian  History  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Skylord  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  symphonic  mixture  of  black,  viking  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Drained(Emberdreams)"  "Enchanted  Forest"  "Scarlet  Winter"  and  "Wintertears".  8  out  of  10.


      

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Kvaen/The Funeral Pyre/Black Lion Records/2020 Full Length Review


  Kvaen  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  along  with  some  session  musicians  that  plays  a  melodic  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  viking  and  speed  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "The  Funeral  Pyre"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Black  Lion  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  Swedish  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats. Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  speed  and  thrash  metal  elements.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  having their  old  school  moments  while  clean  playing  and  viking  metal  influences  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  as  well  as  the  songs  also adding  in  a  good  balance  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Keyboards  can  also  be heard  at  times,  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  also  gets  more  atmospheric  sounding  and  the  recording  closes  with  an  instrumental  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vikings,  Ragnarok,  Cold  Steel  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kvaen  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  melodic  black,  viking  and  speed  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Revenge  By  Fire"  "The  Wolves  Throne"  and  "Bestial  Winter".  8  out  of  10.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Kurgan Interview

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

Well we're KURGAN from Denmark. We do melodic death metal in general, but it varies all the way from black metal style to classic heavy metal style.
We're basically just doing stuff we feel like. There's a lot of different influences throughout the band which makes the end result a good blend.


2.The first full length comes out during the end of September, musically how does it differ from the demo you had released in 2016?

Musically it only differs in natural evolvement which is rooted in time. I mean we as composers and musicians is always on a journey so to speak. We're the same guys doing what we do.
The full length release features the same 4 songs from the demo - rerecorded of course. And then 6 additional songs written afterwards - mostly. I feel that the full length contains the full variety off who we are as musicians


3.Some of your lyrics deal with 'Nordic Mythology', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

I guess it's in the blood, being vikings:) But its just a damn cool mythology really. The archetypes in it is just something everyone can relate to I believe.
Some of us grew up with the myths, stories and legends of the mythology, so its deeply rooted really. However we don't limit ourselves to a certain theme


4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music so far?

There's a zombie track about the powers and horror of that apocalyptic universe, called EVIL DEAD.
Also HELLSTORM revolves around the end of all things, chaos and destruction and we've even got a cold and chilling love story
on the album entitled FUR LISE.


5.I know that the band name is a loan word from East Slavic Languages, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?

Well it means a barrow/burial mound. The vikings sailed along the rivers all the way deep into Russia so there's the viking link to the name.
And although it doesn't have any reference towards the highlander villain, he was right; there can be only one KURGAN:)


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

YGGDRASIL BURNS was the very first track written for the band. Or before it was even a full band. And it's a strong title.
So we wanted an illustration of the tree of life YGGDRASIL in flames. Dragan helped us out with that.


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

All of our shows are great:) but the local ones has been the funniest I think. We did a local festival in Asnæs and also a local celebration of metal in general in Holbæk.
We even got a self-made local show coming up in Nykøbing Sj. which our drummer Charlie has made possible - we're really looking forward to that.
Stage performance description would be 'honest' I guess. We just do what we do - having a good time, rocking out and enjoying the moment.
We don't use any theatrical tricks or do anything 'for the sake of it' - we don't pose - posers can leave the hall:)


8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

WE're working on that - so far we do the shows that makes sense for us.



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

Great. I mean we didn't anticipate the level of recognition we've gotten on the release.
Its clear from the streaming nowadays that our music is appreciated all over the lands:)


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

Again, we do what we do. Evolution will takes us wherever we need to go. We're metal guys doing melodic stuff - that's the core of it


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?

There's a lot of different styles, being 5 guys. I mean Metallica, Death, Amon Amarth, In Flames, Immortal and Manowar, is something that most of us enjoy I believe.
And therefore inspiration strikes. In regards of what we listen to, I can only speak for myself which currently revolves around Opeth, King and Unleashed


12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Drinking beer;)


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

Thanks for the interest - stay metal!


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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Kurgan/Yggdrasil Burns/Massacre Records/2019 CD Review


  Kurgan  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  viking,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019 album  "Yggdrasil  Burns"  which  will  be  released  on  September  20th  by  Massacre  Records.

  Thunderstorm  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  before  introducing  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Elements  of  viking  music  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Scandinavian  style,  classical  guitars  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks.

  Kurgan  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  melodic forms  of  viking,   black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death,  Norse  Mythology,  Battles,  Blood,  Gore  and  Medieval  character  themes.

  In  my opinion  Kurgan  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  viking,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Fall  Of  Asgard"  "Kill  The Enemy"  "Evil  Dead"  and  "Over  the  Lands,  Into  The  Sea".  8  out  of  10.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Ragnhild Interview

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

-- Since the release of our album, we are currently looking forward to get some live gigs in India for now.
-- Since metal music in India is not very popular, but we do have metal heads here who love the music, we are focusing on reaching out to them in form of live shows.
-- We are also looking towards making of a few play troughs, more lyric videos and a couple official videos of a couple more songs from the album.
-- Other than that, we have also begun the process of writing new songs, which eventually, will lead us to the beginning of our next album.




2.In March you had also released your first full length,  can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

-- Our music is basically of the Melodic Death Metal kind. However, we were more inclined towards the over all "viking" or "pagan" or "Celtic" melodies, that we incorporated in our compositions. This makes our "melodic" part of the death metal slightly different.
-- Not just this album, but in general, our way of looking at the next song that we will compose, includes heavy drums, northern melodies, sometimes clean guitars, powerful bass-lines and eventually, the growls and screams.




3.A lot of the lyrics cover Viking Mythology and Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

-- As mentioned, we were more inclined towards the northern melodies, we decided to stick to its roots. Honestly, being from India, we had a very little understanding about what Viking or Pagan culture was like. But since we were adapting the over all song style, we didn't want our lyrics to move away from the subject.
-- Hence, we studied the culture a bit online, read about their ideology and wrote them in our own words and imagination in the form of the song lyric.




4.The band is also from India which also has a mythology and history of its own, do you also have an interest in the culture of your home country?

-- Absolutely. India had great rulers in the past. Their adventures can easily make up a long list of songs. India being a multi-religious country, there are various mythologies as well.
-- We already have many bands in our country who are dedicated towards Indian song styles. What we wanted to do was something different. Something that is not here in our country.
-- Also, since this is our first album, we didn't really wanted to keep it close to its roots, due to which, we kept the songs as close as possible to the Viking culture.
-- We do believe that the stories about our kings and queens with the touch of our pagan / melodic death music, will indeed sound nice and yes, we will try it out sometime soon.




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

-- The artwork was a well thought idea by Shardul plays guitar for the band. He had the idea written down in points which included literally everything - the early morning light, crows flying, burning tavern, viking warrior bleeding, the snow fall, etc.
-- We have a amazing artist here - Mr. Aaron Pinto, who is also the drummer of quite popular death metal band - Gutslit from India.
-- After discussing with Aaron, he read all the lyrics for all the songs, even listened to our songs and referred to the points that we sent him.
-- We wanted the artwork to resemble to one of our songs from the album, preferably the title track itself - Tavern Tales.
-- According to the lyrics of the song 'Tavern Tales', there are Viking warriors that share their tale about a war they had faced, the brothers they lost and all those who survived.
-- Aaron nicely incorporated it to the artwork, which turned out exactly the way we wanted it to.




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

-- We have had opportunities to play at various gigs and we loved them all.
-- One of the best shows would be the gigs organized by Stormbringer, Dawn of the legion and Blood Eagle Organizers in Pune.
-- There are a lot of things that matter when we come on the stage.
-- Firstly our music style is different than other bands in India. Secondly, people look at us with a "question" about "Viking? huh? Will they really impress us?"
-- There is always a tiny bit of pressure about being different, but we have learned to make our way pass that.
-- Now, we go up on the stage to enjoy and have fun just like others who have come to watch us play live. Helps us build a connection with our audience.





7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

-- None as of now to announce. But soon we will have something coming up.





8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

-- We did receive a few emails, that we cannot disclose here. For now, we still need to plan this out. We may stay unsigned for this album. But if we find a good deal with any record label, we will look into it as well.





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

-- We have received a few comments from metal-heads in European and North-american regions mainly. They have enjoyed our music a lot and we are thankful to them for the appreciation.
-- We also received a few comments from African regions as well. All nothing but good comments indeed.
-- We will soon start some ad campaigns on Facebook to try to reach out to more people by selective targeting in the northern countries.
-- For now, the most response that we have received is from Bandcamp where we have our full length album available.





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

-- We aim at sustaining - which means, we may make a few changes in our composition style, but the root and the backbone of the melodies will remain the same.
-- We might introduce some folk instruments if we find good artists for the same. Honestly, we really want someone to play bagpipes :)





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 started with Amon Amarth, Ensiferum, Eluvitie and At the gates.
-- Over the years of browsing through YouTube channels, we also enjoy Alestorm, Kalmah, Korpiklaani, Wadruna, Tyr, Enslaved, Moonsorrow, and many others.





12.What are some of your non musical interests?

-- The band loves beer. All of us just love beer and we can't get enough of it.
-- So after our jam sessions, if time permits from our busy daily lives, we head up to a local bar where our vocals guy Mr. Rohit Jalgaonkar works as a DJ, and have some beer.
-- All the band members are employed and working in a corporate world to make living. So as a band, the most time we spend is in our jam sessions and a local tavern.





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

-- Metal in India is rare. Only certain cities and in those cities, only certain places "may" have some metal music being played.
-- But the metal bands like us, here are striving for keeping metal alive in the country.
-- Seeing the names of Indian Metal Bands in greater charts of Metal bands across the world, will be a dream come true.
-- Us being one of those bands will be indeed, a part of that same dream.
-- I hope with this interview, people will learn more about Ragnhild as well as something that we call as "The Indian Metal Scene".

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Ragnhild/Tavern Tales/2019 Full Length Review


  Ragnhild  are  a  band  from  India  that  plays  a  mixture  of  viking  and  melodic  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self released  2019  album  "Tavern  Tales".

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  being  introduced  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later.  The  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  a  lot  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music.

  Most  of  the music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style  while  back  up  viking  shouts  are  also  utilized  at  times.  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on some  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  a  couple  of  songs  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  viking  ships  and  nature  sounds  along  with  the  closing  track  also  adding  in  folk  instruments.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  viking  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ragnhild  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  viking  and  melodic  blackened  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t hose  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vikings  Mosh"  "Battle  On  My  Grave"  "Glory  Of  Our  Mighty  King"  and  "Tavern  Tales". 8 out  of  10.

 'Under the Red Sky': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajQalepIw90

Stronghold: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tdiGe5Tg6c

 

    

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Norsemen/Bloodlust/Time To Kill Records/2019 CD Review


  Norsemen  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  brutal  and  melodic  mixture  of  viking,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Bloodlust"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Time  To  Kill  Records.

  A  very  epic  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  Death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.  A  lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  but  modern  at  the  same  time  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffing  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  Immortal  but  mixed  with  a  more  Swedish  death  metal  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  a  very  heavy  thrash  influence  and  most  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  more  of  a  heavy  and  brutal  direction  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  being  added  onto  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Norsemen  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal  and  melodic  mixture  of  viking,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Evil  master"  "Bloodlust"  "Serpent"  and  "Time  Wrecked  Kingdom".  8  out  of  10.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Kaarnekorpi/Rajankaviga/2018 CD Review


  Kaarnekorpi  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  viking  and  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Rajankaviga".

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all of the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  giving  the  songs  more  of  an  old  school  metal  style  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  black  metal  screams.

  Female  vocals can  also be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.The  guitar  riffing  also  adds in  a  good  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Keyboards  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  folk  metal  elements.

   Some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  some  influences  from  the  90's  Finnish  metal  era  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard,  death  metal  growls  can  also be  heard  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  war,  battles  and  glorious  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kaarnekorpi  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "Valtakunta"  "Verkonlakija"  and  "Kaamoksen  lapsi".  8  out  of  10.       

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Bolthorn/Across The Human Path/Broken Bones Records/Envenomed Music/2018 Full Length Review


  Bolthorn  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  viking  and  melodic  blackened  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Across  the  Human  Path"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Broken  Bones  Records  and  Envenomed  Music.

  Battle  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  nature  sounds  and  epic  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  later  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  Swedish  influences.

  When  clean  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  pagan  metal  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  melodic  style  along  with  the  screams  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  also  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Bolthorn  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  viking,  black  and  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bolthorn  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  viking  and  melodic  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sentinel"  "Thor"  and  "The  Lair  of  The  Beast".  8  out  of  10.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Heidra/The Blackening Tide/Time To Kill Records/2018 CD Review


  Heidra  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  mixture  of  folk,  viking,  black,  melodic  death  and  power  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "The  Blackening  Tide"  which  was  released  by  Time  To  Kill  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  epic  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  later  before  adding  in  some  heavy  riffs  and  power  metal  style  vocals  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  elements  of  folk  music  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  symphonic  sounding  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  Heidra  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  folk,  viking,  black,  melodic  death  and  power  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  crate  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover Scandinavian  Tales.

  In  my  opinion  Heidra  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  folk,  viking,  black,  melodic  death  and  power  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dawn""Lady  Of The  Shade"  and  "Hells  Depths".  8 out  of  10.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Skalmold/Sorgir/Napalm Records/2018 CD Review


  Skalmold  are  a  band  from  Iceland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  folk  and  viking  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Sorgir"  which  will  be  released  on  October  13th  by  Napalm  Records.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  a  vocal  style  that  is  done  in  a  semi  growl  style  and  clean  pagan  vocals  are  also  used  at  times.

  Black  metal  screams  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  fast  riffs  also  showing  an  influence  of  thrash  metal  as  well  as  a  few  blast  beats  and you  can  also  hear  elements  of  folk  metal  but  done  in  a  heavier  style,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  operatic  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Skalmold  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  folk  and  viking  metal  together  while  focusing  more  on  a  heavier  and  guitar  driven  approach  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Icelandic  and  cover  Battles,  Norse  Mythology  and  Icelandic  Poetry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Skalmold  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  folk  and  viking  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ljosid"  "Barnid"  and  "Mara".  8  out  of  10.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Upon Ruins/Legacy Of Desolation/PRC Music/2018 CD Review


  Upon  Ruins  are  a  band  from  Nova  Scotia,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  viking  and  melodic  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Legacy  Of  Desolation"  which  was  released  by  PRC  Music.

  Heavy  riffs  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  viking  battle  sounds  in  the  background  briefly  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  clean  vocals  adding  in  touches  of  pagan  metal  as  well  as  the  screams  showing  an  influence  of  black  metal  when  they  are  utilized  and  the  music  is  also  is  very  heavy  influenced  by  the  90's  era  Swedish  style.

  The  riffs  also  mix  in  elements  of  thrash  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  a  later  song  adds  in  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Upon  Ruins  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  viking  and  melodic  black/death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of   their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  humanity's  ruinous  legacy  and  inevitable  path  to  desolation.

  In  my  opinion  Upon  Ruins  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  viking  and  melodic  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Where  Mountains  Collide"  "Of  Distant  Shores"  and  "A  Cold  Empty  Throne".  8  out  of  10.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Gwydion Interview


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

First of all thanks for the interview, we are glad to be back! Well we are eager with the launch of the new album, because we expect that it will be very important in the bands career.
We are preparing everything, from stage banner, lyric video, merchandise to the official release party…
There will be lot of surprises and good stuff happening theses days!


2.You have a new album coming out in July, how would you describe the musical sound hat is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

This disc features a more mature sound than the old albums. It is a cliché to say that the last album is better than the predecessor but in this case we identify more with the raw and direct sound of Thirteen! We believe it's an album that captivates most metal fans, from heavy, death, folk to viking. Resuming, "Horn Triskelion" - more folk, "Veteran" - more dark, "Thirteen" the best of the 2 worlds!

3.This is your first album in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

It is always good to be back and a huge pleasure to be able to present our work to our fans. Gwydion is back with a new lineup, which brought new insights and influences to Thirteen's end result.
We always hope for the support of our fans in the concerts, because that's what makes us move and continue!


4.The lyrics on the new album cover Viking history and myths, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Gwydion always had an interest in Viking history and myths! But…that’s not only it! Our band is like story tellers, we like to play and sing for relevant facts of history! Norse, Celtic, Portuguese… you name it, we really like to cover this topics.
Since the bands beginning we always had a great interest for medieval and historical themes. It’s a great joy to hear our fans singing our stories, it really makes us fulfilled.

.The bands name comes from Druidism, how would you compare Celtic Paganism to Nordic Paganism?

Asatru by its very nature is Norse- The Asir are Norse gods- The Celtic deities are much more like the pre Asir Norse Gods - the Vanir.
They are both Indo-European religions and it is fair to say the the Celtic forms are probably the older - but that is oversimplifying it! The Norse beliefs evolved out of ones very much like the Celtic traditions.It then took on influences from more eastern European beliefs via the Teutonic peoples. It is a bit the way Titans represent the older faith - pre-Olympian in Greece.
They have slightly differing focus. Also the Norse beliefs lasted until much more recently and are much better recorded so we know more about them. You would really need to do a lot of reading for the specifics. Celt has become a bit of a dirty word with anthropologists and Historians due to it's over use in recent years...

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

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 had a lot of really cool shows all over Europe and each band member has it’s own favorite one for a reason or another, but Horner Fest for example was one to remember for all the fun of playing alongside a huge Viking Age encampment. Another one was Vagos Open Air right here in Portugal with the Horn Triskelion album where we had a massive support from the audience and some ridiculously big mosh pit. We can’t forget the show we shared the stage with Immortal on Ragnarok Aaskereia tour or with Enslaved in GDL also here in Portugal, and probably the best off all, the release of our Veteran album that was a celebration of Metal, friendship and were we were able to put up show that people will remember for a long time. Basically all shows are great because we really, truly have fun doing it as you can see from almost all photos of the band at live performances, we’re always laughing and having fun with each other as well as with the people in the crowd and we think that’s on of the secrets that make people come again and again for one of our shows, we have fun, they have fun and listen to some quality Metal at the process. 

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

No tours for the moment but we have some shows here in Portugal and Spain. We’re still booking the year and doing it slowly and selecting carefully our next steps, we believe that “Thirten” is a great album and so we’re taking things a little bit slower so we can do justice to this work.


8.The new album is coming out on 'Ultraje', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Ultraje is Portuguese magazine that had the courage to invest as a label/distributor. Fortunately, people like Joel, Diogo and Cátia, are here to make things happen and make our life a little easier. This is not “bootsucking”, just the plain reality, we don’t have time for everything, work, band etc…
Face it this is the reality.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of viking, folk and black metal?

Well, it's been really interesting to see people's reaction to the band's work, generally we get a very positive feedback and reviews and at the same time a bit of a surprise reaction to the fact that we are a Portuguese band with so much folk influences. It's fun and satisfying to see us being compared to big and well known bands suchlike Ensiferum and Finntroll that are a kind of benchmark for other bands, but we think that Gwydion it's in a class of it's own, with a very unique mix of Viking, Folk, Black, Death and Symphonic elements combined with a very personal experience of each band member, our overall feeling is that other than the more extreme fans of each genre, we can deliver something different that will surprise and satisfy most Metal fans.

10.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?

Some band members have different musical projects. Pedro Correia and Pedro Dias have two bands in common like Invoke (black metal) and Tument (death metal). Pedro Correia plays drums for both bands while Pedro Dias plays guitar and sings in Invoke and is the vocalist in Tument. Pedro Correia has also integrated a recent tribute project to Amon Amarth called Gods of War.

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

The band will most likely stick to its formula of folk/Viking metal and continue to produce heavy songs mixed with cheerful melodies and melodic chorus.

12.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?

I’s hard to answer to this one, we listen to a lot of bands and each band member has his own influences, but we drink from all styles of Metal and somehow manage to combine things in a way that, at least for us, sounds great and we user bits and pieces from all this genres of Metal to bring to live the feeling we think each song

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

We have a lot of things going on in terms of personal interests, we have gammers, bikers, historical reenactors, a fitness addicted, a blacksmith, computer geeks) and a whole lot of random stuff that brings us together out of the studio where we strengthen our bonds and friendship.


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

First we would like to thank you for this interview that enables us to reach even more Metal fans out there, and second we want to take this opportunity to thank to everyone that helped and supported us both financially and morally for the release of Thirteen, it's been a long way but with the help of everyone we finally did it. We hope that this will be an album that will bring us even more fans and that it will make our older fans happy, so, grab a mug of mead and join us with Thirteen!

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