HEIDEVOLK are the Pagan Metal Brotherhood. These Dutchmen hold up the flag for intelligent and perfectly balanced Pagan Folk Metal like no other. Marvelous riff power, bombastic ensembles and folkloric tunes make up the amazing album that is "Vuur van Verzet”. Brave chants bring to mind wolf-like bands of warriors, while songs like "The Alliance” send the listener on endless odysseys into the depths of history. Martial male choirs accompany the hymn of Odin's spear, “Gungnir”, while Lars and Jacco shine in baleful duet as sharp as the weapons point. "Vuur van Verzet” (Fire of Resistance) is a perfect blend of Folk Metal & Pagan Metal fashioned the HEIDEVOLK way.
The brand new masterpiece of German epic metal pioneers EQUILIBRIUM, "Armageddon", is out now! Guitarist, composer and lyricist René Berthiaume spent almost two years working on this new opus called "Armageddon". The result is rather dark, yet remains the bombast and folk elements of the previous records. The Limited Edition Digipak includes a bonus CD with the instrumental version of the whole album.
Through “Laguz” the Black Metal pioneers Ancient Rites mark a new chapter in the band's history. The album was recorded at Spacelab Studio, Grefrath, Germany, produced by Christian "Moschus" Moos, orchestrated by Oliver Phillips and mastered by Eroc at Eroc's Mastering Ranch. As always, each album sounds different from the other, yet all works are recognisably Ancient Rites, displaying an own style and authenticity. “Laguz” is an invitation to enter long forgotten worlds through the dark/historical lyrics and the music, which combines fierce Metal with classical orchestrations in order to evoke era's buried by time and dust.
Turisas - folk / viking metal band from Finland. Turisas name came from the name of the god of war in the epic Kalevala Tursas (or one of Odin's Rune - Thurisaz - Hammer of Thor). Some critics call the style in which the band plays, Battle metal - the title of the first album.Music band Turisas was founded in 1997 by Mathias Nyugardom (vocals) and Jussi Wikström (guitar). The first full-length album was released in 2004 on Century Media, and it was called "Battle Metal". Guitarist Georg Laakso, who played on this album, in 2005, received a spinal cord injury in a car accident and was forced to leave the music. Replacing him has never been found, and since then the group is only one guitarist.
The Portugese Epic/Folk Metallers GWYDION release the new album "VETERAN" at November 22, 2013.Vocalist Rúben Almeida about "VETERAN": "Fans will experience a slightly different musical-style, as the music is much more epic and "metal" than folk compared to the previous release. Since the beginning of the band, we had a very influential epic component in the songs, so naturally when we created this new album, we decided to have a strong mixture of heavy metal riffs and epic/folk songs. The new album is a story of a warrior since his birth through his training, conquests and defeats with relevance to the History of Portugal."