True North (Century Media) is a far different beast to its predecessor, Winter Thrice; a fresh recollection of Borknagar’s early days, coming across as a rawer, simpler and more authentic reinterpretation of nature-themed Norse blackened folk metal that nevertheless stays true to the band’s signature sound.
Meteahnă Timpurilor (Avantgarde Music), the first album from Romania’s Sur Austru, continues where the legendary Negură Bunget left off with a continuous, immersive blackened folk metal performance that conjures all the natural splendour and shadowy menace of Transylvania.
Voice of Opprobrium by Runespell on Iron Bonehead is a shining example of Australia’s burgeoning black metal scene and, while not the most novel album of 2019, is one of the most listenable, packed to the gills with fire and blood and structured around sensitive acoustic compositions.
Russian atmospheric black metal two-piece Grima evoke the Siberian winter at every turn on Will of the Primordial, their latest record on Naturmacht Productions.
Slam Dunk 2019 just got heavier with the announcement of three new bands to the Impericon Stage along with seven more acts across the line-up. Find out more about the new Slam Dunk additions here.
One thing that springs forth from extreme metal’s circle that is also vital to the scene, is its occasional bursts of originality that chart new courses – or revisit ones long concealed. Völur’s Ancestors does a remarkable job guiding us through the latter.
Danish experimental metal act Picture Ann have released a stream for their latest track “Murder (VoxRemix).”
Mountains, Myth, and Murder, the fourth full-length incantation by the Danish experimental metal act Picture Ann, is available for download and streaming on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.
Ukrainian band, Drudkh’s newest release, A Furrow Cut Short, was a refreshing listen to say the least. Long story short, the music is pretty, melancholy, and heavily influenced by nature.
Latvian pagan metal legends Skyforger are premiering a new song from their upcoming sixth studio album Senprusija (“Old Prussia” in English).
Icelandic/Norwegian black metallers and Schwarzdorn Production signees Fortid, will be releasing their new full-length album entitled 9 on March 27th.
The Ukrainian band Paganland recently released their debut album Wind of Freedom via Svarga Music. The band is a group of persons holding the same views, who respect and love their native land, their language and are convinced that the Ukraine has an improbably interesting history that has unfortunately been forgotten and distorted for the last 10 centuries.
Isoteos, the new release from Greek black metal band Kawir, is a gem of an album that hardly got any press from any of the bigger publications last year. The disc, which was released in October of 2012, is a fine example of the right way to do black metal and deserves more coverage!
Pagan/folk metallers Triunity have just released their first album (self-titled). Created by three Slavonic bands – Oprich (Russia), Piarevaracien (Belarus) and Chur (Ukraine) – this conceptual project is to express historical solidarity of Slavonic nations and their kinship of cultural roots, and, at the same time, underline the unique features of each nation’s heritage.