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DARKHER made a surprise appearance at this year’s digital Redux edition of the trailblazing Roadburn Festival on Friday, April 16 at 13:30 CEST with the exclusive premiere of a brand new video clip featuring an acoustic version of the song ‘Love’s Sudden Death’ that will be featured electrified on the forthcoming new full-length of the English dark doom act, which has not been scheduled yet.

DARKHER comment on the clip: “This acoustic version of ‘Love’s Sudden Death’ was recorded in the woods of  Hell Hole Rocks in Heptonstall, West Yorkshire at dusk while the rooks were settling in the surrounding trees”, tells British artist Jayn Maiven. “The song  is a dark romantic ballad taken from Darkher’s forthcoming new album, which was heavily inspired by the mood of this ancient landscape and how it reflects the emotions within –  dramatic, beautiful, and sometimes bleak.”

The ‘Love’s Sudden Death’ video was premiered on Roadburn’s Redux edition on April 16, 2021. It was filmed by DARKHER and R. Shooter and edited by DARKHER.

DARKHER are the brainchild of singer, guitarist, composer, lyricist, and producer Jayn Maiven, who founded this solo-project in 2012. One of the more entrancing voices in modern music, Maiven’s work never fails to stir recognition as well as questions from a deep place in the soul.

Christopher Smith, who has contributed to previous releases,  the forthcoming album, and live shows has meanwhile been added as permanent drummer to the line-up of DARKHER.

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American acid folk, one time black metal outfit XASTHUR are now releasing a lyric video of the title track as the first single taken from their forthcoming album Victims of the Times, which is slated for release on July 9, 2021. The song deals with social ills and is marvelously trippy, morose, melodic and insightful. Really enjoyed this, like a chapter from a bleak road trip novel like The Talisman.

The American acid folk outfit are also revealing cover arttracklist, and further details of their new full-length. Please view all album details below.

XASTHUR comment: “The title track of our new album ‘Victims of the Times’ has much to do with the state of mind behind how nothing is making sense these days, along with and leading up to homelessness and poverty”, muses mastermind Scott. “This song deals with not caring, being oblivious, delusional, and naive. Consciousness, unconsciousness, people who lie to themselves, thinking or not thinking about things happening to them, money and lack thereof; which leads them from the cities to the streets, like a prison.”

“I lost my home in the middle of the making of that last record”, Scott begins to relate the stark truth behind “Victims of the Times”. “I had gotten used to writing music and lyrics in any kind of living situation. I had been moving a lot, moving from place to place, many being temporary. The ‘I need to be in a cabin in the woods with isolation and candlelight to write music’ type of tale did not fit my situation. I had to learn how to make my music anywhere without such luxuries. Since I never know how long I’ll be somewhere, and because I’m always hundreds of miles apart from anyone, things changed with people, motives, goals, and expectations of all involved.
 
The foundation of this album should be considered ‘LIVE’, because each song was individually recorded live without any studio magic or technology. I worked on my own without a beat or metronome, which resulted in a raw production, but that is how it has always been in the XASTHUR tradition.”
 

Line-up
Scott – 12 & 6-string guitars, keyboards, all music and lyrics
Chris – bass, guitar, vocals
Joe – 12 & 6-string guitar

Style: Acid Folk, Doomgrass, Tech Folk

Recorded live in hotels, on porches and in living rooms throughout the USA.
Written and recorded by Scott Conner throughout the USA between 2016 to 2020
Mixed by Chris Hernandez in California 2020

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The new NOÊTA song “Elm” is the title track of their newest Prophecy release, out 4/23. It sounds like wrestling your deepest sorrows on a forest bed somewhere distant and overcast, if you could even see the sky. It is an intensely beautiful and intense realization of dark folk, tension and muted stillness paired with fae, bittersweet emotion. The song just feels wonderfully, painfully alive in a delicate state of strength. It almost fluctuates between chill and warmth in remarkable conversation with it’s own state of self. Remarkable energy paired with Êlea’s memorable vocal presence, especially when you learn the song is concerned with embracing or departing life itself.

NOÊTA comment: “The title-track ‘Elm’ is in parts told through the words of Sylvia Plath”, reveals frontwoman Êlea. “Her poem ‘Elm’ is an almost physical expression of anxiety and depression as something real and vivid that is living inside some of us –  something that is dark, terrifying and malevolent. Being haunted by anxiety and depression can lead to fear of the uncontrollable malignity living within the self. It claims the afflicted as its own in order to kill. This poem became even more upsetting to me after learning that Sylvia Plath went on to commit suicide not long after she wrote it.”

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Vertigo from Finnish occult psych metal hybrid Jess and the Ancient Ones is nearly here, a brilliant bouquet of bold songwriting, deep mental excavation and explosive creativity. The Svart backed record (order HERE) releases this May in time for some of the finest weather for celebrating the sacred planet we inhabit -and too often regularly abuse- as well as the wider cosmos. It is an album that defies easy categorization even as it revels in nostalgia, riding waves of late 60’s bliss turned to unease through the dark heart of our current disoriented moment of mass ptsd and hopefully out the other side to better horizons. Rarely has escapism sounded so timely and alive, a defiance of folding up and dying without making a joyful, organ-steeped noise.

It is one of the most exciting, colorful and living testaments to rock you will hear this year and is in heavy rotation in my home, one of my favorite releases of 2021 yet by a long shot. The tornado on the cover might seem foreboding byt is also a fitting symbol of the intensity of the soaring vocals and enlightened playing within! It was a pleasure to pick the brain of guitarist Thomas Corpse about the release and other topics related to the band and their orbit.

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Album Review: Korpiklaani – “Jylhä”

Posted by Ralka Skjerseth on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 8:27 AM (PST)
Korpiklaani – Jylhä 
Review by Ralka Skjerseth
Release date: February 5th, 2021
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Folklore, nature, and celebration have always been some of the prominent themes in Korpiklaani’s songwriting  – and on this one eleventh album of theirs, they featured those themes too. Jylhä has a magnificent resonance packed in a form of 13 tracks, released under Nuclear Blast records (of Sabaton, Enslaved, Immortal fame). Apart from featuring the themes of folklore and nature on this album, they also featured three murder stories. One of them includes the Lake Bodom murders which happens to be one of the most well-known homicide cases in Finnish criminal history that is still unsolved. The lyrics were powerfully written by the renowned poet and author Tuomas Keskimäki who is also Korpiklaani’s long-time lyricist. He managed to engrave words into enthralling tales that possess their own complexities. The release of Jylhä also marks the very first feature of the new drummer Samuli Mikkonen on a full-length album, replacing Matti Johansson.

This album is very diverse in terms of genre classification; Korpiklaani incorporated elements of thrash metal, power metal, reggae, ska, and even a bit of punk on this album aside from their folk metal roots. The instrumentation also comes in a wide range, featuring various kinds of ethnic instruments that are beautifully presented such as accordions, mandolins, and fiddles. The generous amount of rhythmic fiddles featured on this album strengthens the folkish element that gives vibrant colors to this album. 

This album opens with anthemic drums and catchy eclectic riffs that are presented on “Verikoira”. And then we also have a tune that is strong on power metal elements, which is “Niemi”. “Leväluhta” meticulously combines reggae with folk metal and opens with such fast paces. “Mylly” is a folkloric tune that is powerfully written, telling the story of a working man’s journey to the mill. “Tuuleton” is one of the tracks on this album with slower paces and it sounds tremendously poignant at first, but manages to become more powerful and resurgent in the end. Next up we have “Sanaton maa” which is an easy-listening classic folk metal tune. Then there is “Kiuru” which is a song that tells the story of Finland’s unresolved homicide case. “Miero” opens with a riff with progressive tendencies, almost Sabbathian to an extent – then Järvelä proceeds to sing peaceful slow paced vocals. It is also an existential song under the subject of the cosmos. “Pohja” gradually progresses from a ferocious intro into an exuberant set of riffs. “Huolettomat” is a fun poika anthem that also presents intricate bass lines and immense energy with its layered arrangements. “Anolan aukeat” presents a solo using accordion and it’s unusually intriguing. The instrumentation of “Pidot” is obviously danceable and it’s what makes the track festive. The last track “Juuret” has harmonious choruses that become a perfect closing to this album. 

 

The themes of this album are quite diverse, as it speaks of a wide range of topics ranging from folklore to murder to the universe and our own roles in it. It may sound festive but it also has its own darker side. I should say this album would remind its listeners of the likes of Turisas and Eluveitie. This is the perfect kind album to drunk-dance to, especially if Finnish folktales and festivities are your kind of thing. 4/5

Finnish Kerava-based folk metal band Elvenscroll is set to release their debut EP Never To Be Mourned on November 6th 2020 via Inverse Records. This seven members strong group released a first single Wayfarer’s Mourning today and it gives a good hint what is to be expected from an EP.

The band comments:
“Wayfarer’s Mourning is a homage to all lost souls who have suffered through the long and winding road of life and know its misfortunes. Let the power chords, choir singing and heroic melodies bring you strength to carry on this miserable journey. “

Recorded by Elvenscroll
Drums recorded by Jasse Hast / Frozenmost Productions
Mixed by Juhis Kauppinen at Shedstudios
Mastered by Matias Ahonen at Audiamond

Melodic folk death metal band Ensiferum have released a new lyric video for my favorite song “Run From The Crushing Tide” from Thalassic. This record has been an explosive and inspiring new era for the band and is one of the absolute best epic metal albums of 2020, a must support release! The addition of new keyboard player/lead clean vocalist Pekka Montin has been a huge hit with fans, one of the best decisions of Ensiferum’s already storied legacy!

“Run From the Crushing Tide” is one of the songs which best captures the grim sea adventure themes of this specific album. Amazing high vocals, roaring gutturals and a truly momentous warrior-minded guitar centric bridge. I am very pleased they have released this song as a single as it is perhaps the best song on the record.

Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren, Thalassic was recorded and produced in Petrax and Sonic Pump studios by Janne Joutsenniemi, who was involved on their albums Victory Songs (2007) and From Afar (2009).

“We like to go to a studio when we have all the songs 99.9% ready so the producer’s main job is to kick our asses while we record,” states bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka. “Of course Janne Joutsenniemi is a world-class producer, and we asked his opinion if we were doubting any details. It was really a pleasure to work with him again, and I think this was one of the most easy-going studio sessions I have ever been part of. We are extremely happy with the result.”

The album is also charting well!

–Finland: #1 – official albums chart
–Germany: #3 – official albums chart
–Switzerland: #5 – official albums chart
–USA: #10 – current hard music albums chart
–USA: #14 – top new artist albums chart
–USA: #26 – current rock albums chart
–USA: #94 – top current albums chart
–Canada: #7 – hard music albums chart
–UK: #11 – rock / metal album chart
–Belgium: #22 – official albums chart (Wallonia)
–Belgium: #83 – official albums chart (Flanders)
–Austria: #26 – official albums chart

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Today Myrkur‘s Amalie Bruun joins forces with renowned multi-instrumentalist Anna von Hausswolff to reimagine Björk’s classic, “All Is Full of Love”. Bruun comments, “From our homes in Denmark and Sweden we decided to record a simple, fragile and raw version of Björk’s “All Is Full of Love”. A song we consider to be one of the most beautiful and encouraging songs, that is a reminder to stay open to receive love even in times like these.”

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Ensiferum release ‘Andromeda’ OFFICIAL VIDEO

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 9:42 AM (PST)

Finnish metallers Ensiferum have a new video out directed by Vesa Ranta and recorded on Rankki Island, Finland. The song “Andromeda” begins by warning of being too prideful as the band fire into their beloved melodic death metal influenced folk metal hybrid sound. I really enjoyed the chorus section of this song and the end when the energy really picks up.

The biggest difference separating new album Thalassic from the rest of Ensiferum’s catalogue comes from the fact that it’s the first of their albums to be built around a theme.

“The idea of it started to brew in my mind when I was doing interviews for ‘Two Paths’ and many journalists asked if it was a theme album, and I noticed that I was answering all the time that because of the way we compose it’s almost impossible to make a theme album. This really started to piss me off and the decision was made: the next album would have a theme. At that time, we already had a few songs almost ready for the next album, and I started to listen to the demos much more from the feeling aspect instead of analyzing them musically. For some reason, all of them took me to a seashore, and the theme was found: something related to sea or water. So I started to read about history, myths and legend around the world that had something to do with the theme, but even though all of the lyrics are obviously inspired by this, I tried my best to keep Ensiferum’s heroic mentality in them. In the end, there were too many ideas for lyrics, because I didn’t set myself any boundaries – like all stories would have to be Nordic, etc, and one of my favourite songs on the album tells about Andromeda from Greek mythology. I can’t promise that this way of lyric-writing will be the future of Ensiferum, but at least we did this once.” – Sami Hinkka

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Falconer releases “Kings And Queens”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 9:16 AM (PST)

Epic metal force Falconer return! On June 26th, the Swedish power folk metal warriors will release their new album, From A Dying Ember, via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of From A Dying Ember, the new single, “Kings and Queens”

From the beginning, the band planned not to perform often live (their final tour date was at ProgPower USA in Atlanta, GA in 2015). After retiring from the stage five years ago, the band took some time off before writing a new album.

Stefan Weinerhall (guitar) comments: “Finally, we got the chance to incorporate some keyed fiddle and bagpipe into the music – something that has always been a wish from us, just to get that extra medieval and folky feel to it. In that time, we also wrote the most intense ballad ever, which turned out to be ‘Rejoice The Adorned’ – only featuring piano, keys and strings.”

Mixed and mastered by Andy LaRocque, From A Dying Ember was also recorded at LaRocque’s Sonic Train Studio. Stefan concludes: “To sum the album up, we can say that From A Dying Ember’has some things that really stand out from a usual Falconer album. A lot of things happening and more elements to the music than ever before!”

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Falls Of Rauros reveal new track “Weapons of Refusal”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 3:41 PM (PST)

Portland, Maine metallers Falls Of Rauros are streaming their newest song “Weapons of Refusal” over at Revolver.

“Weapons of Refusal” comes off the band’s forthcoming album Patterns In Mythology due out July 19 via Gilead Media.

“‘Weapons of Refusal’ ultimately wound up being one of the more ‘optimistic’ songs on Patterns in Mythology, despite the overwhelming and borderline hopeless subject matter of the lyrics,” confesses guitarist/vocalist/lyricist Aaron Charles. “The title is a reference to Situationist thinker Raoul Vaneigem’s ‘The Revolution of Everyday Life’ which provided a wealth of inspiration around the period this album was written. The lyrics act as an entreaty to face down the violence and ugliness bombarding us daily and seek to build a better world, in whichever manner it must be done; it’s an encouraging and vengeful song about turning the weapons of the enemy back upon them.”

Check out Falls Of Rauros live show dates here.

And stream “Weapons of Refusal” via Revolver.

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So, a shit ton of amazing new stuff hit the streets today. First I wanna shamelessly plug my new Walking Bombs collab with Gridfailure called Suicide By Citizenship on Nefarious Industries. A ton of amazing well known guests on this one from Tad Doyle to Globelamp to Laura Pleasants to BJ Allen and more who helped us craft this dystopian beast. Feeling blessed I had the outlet to vent some serious sorrow at the negative decline of this country under Trump on this album with some powerful creatives by my side. Lovers, dreamers and me, yo.

A few other things I am loving out today…run as fast as you can and snatch a copy of Life Metal by SUNN O))). The legends have outdone themselves again and remain one of the most important, mind opening bands on the planet. ‘Between Sleipnir’s Breaths’ is quite possibly their most epic number in ten years or so and includes excellent neighs as well. It’s devastatingly good to an intimidating degree. Love those dudes so much. Such an important band and capable of always growing. Also Tim from fucking Silkworm is on board this and Steve Albini was involved. Woof! That’s like the Avengers End Game of musical awesome. I am imagining Albini dressed as Captain America now though and can’t unsee it. Why am I so dumb?

In all seriousness though, these folks are true masters of their craft.

Songstress galore and extreme talent Marissa Nadler and Stephen Brodsky from Cave In not only made one of the greatest Guns N Roses covers I have ever heard on their Droneflower collab , the second record out today that will be hard pressed to NOT be on my year end list, but they also manage to share a really beautiful creative chemistry that finds both of them seeming to relax enough to capture the real emotional scope of what these songs wanted to be. This is a high water mark for two artists who already are extremely accomplished and wonderful. “Buried In Love” is breathtaking.

“Beat Up” by mighty Helms Alee needs to be bludgeoning your ears today before night falls as well at some point. The band’s perhaps cleanest sounding recording, new album Noctiluca nonetheless captures some of their best organic adrenaline filled mastery of give, take and expectation yet.  Thrilling. And those drum sounds. Yes!

Lastly my fave of the bunch is the new Sabbath Assembly, A Letter Of Red. The eclectic occult minded collective continue to gaze through the veil and pull through incredible compositions through forays into the hidden corners of the psyche and spiritual realms. I am in awe of how album after album they manage to never let me down. “A Welcome Below” is my favorite track here, one of the most rewarding songs they have ever tracked. Yes, we all wonder when the demons will let us go but wrestling them amidst this kind of soundtrack is pretty damn comforting.

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Folk metallers Eluveitie have returned with a massive new video for “Ategnatos’, the title track from their forthcoming album. This will more than suffice for a mental escape if you need one today.

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Tyr to release eighth album ‘Hel’ on March 8th

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 7:27 PM (PST)

On March 8th, the Faroe Islands’ Tyr will release their eighth full-length, Hel, via Metal Blade Records. Hel is a collection of ruthlessly melodic and irresistibly compelling progressive folk metal that will immediately resonate with any who have followed the band at any point over the two decades of their storied career. For a preview of the album, the first single, “Fire and Flame”, can be heard at: http://metalblade.com/tyr/ – where Hel can also be pre-ordered or watch the lyric video below.

Hel track-listing:
1. Gates of Hel
2. All Heroes Fall
3. Ragnars Kvæði
4. Garmr
5. Sunset Shore
6. Downhill Drunk
7. Empire of the North
8. Far from the Worries of the World
9. King of Time
10. Fire and Flame
11. Against the Gods
12. Songs of War
13. Alvur Kongur

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Ensiferum have kicked off a lively tour with Septicflesh, Arsis

Posted by Metal Riot on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 4:18 AM (PST)
After a near four-year absence, Finnish folk metallers ENSIFERUM will make their way to North American shores this weekend on a month-long headlining tour. The trek will commence on January 5th in Baltimore, Maryland and run through January 29th in Tampa, Florida. Support will be provided by Septicflesh and Arsis. Following the tour, ENSIFERUM will also make an appearance on the 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2019 cruise before heading to Mexico. See all confirmed dates below.

In anticipation of the upcoming live dates, the band posted a new beer tasting video filmed at the 2018 MetalDays Festival as well as a live clip, recorded in Pratteln, Switzerland on May 12th, 2018. Both are viewable at THIS LOCATION.

“When we made One Man Army (2015), we wanted it to sound more like a live album than a traditional studio album,” notes bassist Sami Hinkka “With Two Paths, we took that to the next level with analog recording, cutting down tracks and even recording songs without a click, and because of that there is a totally different kind of groove compared to most modern metal albums. It all comes down to writing music that sounds good to us and is fun to play live, and I would say with Two Paths we’ve done everything better than we ever have before.”

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