DROTT announce first EP

Bergen-based metal pioneers Arve Isdal (Enslaved), Ivar Thormodsæter (Ulver) and Matias Monsen teamed-up under the banner of Drott. The trio worked on a self-titled debut which will be released on March 5th, 2021. With 'Shikoba' a first song has been unveiled and shows a wider range of musical influences. The band comments on the 4-tracks... Continue Reading →

CD review KORPIKLAANI ‘Jylhä’

Those of you who read MHMB more often will surely know that folk metal a la Korpiklaani is certainly not my favorite genre in rock and metal. But you have to step outside the box every now and then, and in this case that means going for 'Jylhä' while pressing the start button. And what... Continue Reading →

KORPIKLAANI’s ‘Jylhä’ vinyl format delayed

Here is the statement from the label: "Korpiklaani and Nuclear Blast Records regret to inform you that due to a Covid-19 related shutdown of a manufacturer involved in the pressing of the Jylhä vinyl editions, the release of all vinyls has to be pushed back to March 12, 2021. The CD and digital album will still be released on February 5th, 2021!"... Continue Reading →

CD review ENSLAVED ‘Utgard’

The Northmen return with a new album called 'Utgard', three years after 'E' was shipped from Norway to the rest of the world. 'Utgard', the outerworld, has its roots in Nordic mythology. There is with Midgard the area of humans and there is Asgard, where the Gods are at home. Utgard is beyond the two,... Continue Reading →

CD review FINNTROLL ‘Vredesvärd’

The Metal trolls are back and different to the internet trolls these ones are very welcome. It’s Finntroll that launch their next longplayer in September, a next chapter of a story, Somnium and Katla probably didn’t have in mind when founding the band in a rehearsal room back in 1997. Deviating from traditional Black Metal,... Continue Reading →

CD review ENSIFERUM ‘Thalassic’

If you visit Markus' Heavy Music Blog more frequently, you know that Folk/Viking Metal is not my particular area of expertise. But there are exceptions and among them are certainly Ensiferum from Finland. Since 1995 the quintet has been one of the protagonists of a style that combines Death Metal, Folk Metal and Viking Metal... Continue Reading →

CD review FALCONER ‘From a Dying Ember’

Falconer originated from Mithotyn, a band that disbanded in 1999 and it was Stefan Weinerhall who founded Falconer with songs that were originally intended to be for used in a solo project. Falconer released a self-titled debut in 2001 and after numerous other records the ninth album will follow this summer. 'From a Dying Ember',... Continue Reading →

ENSIFERUM reveal album details and launch a lyric video

On July 10th, Ensiferum will release their new album, 'Thalassic', via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of 'Thalassic', a lyric video for the first single, "Rum, Women, Victory", can be viewed HERE: https://youtu.be/wRhD39LI800 The biggest difference separating '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... Continue Reading →

MYRKUR presents ‘Gudernes Vilje’

Today Myrkur's Amalie Bruun has shared a third and final pre-release track from her forthcoming album, Folkesange which is set for release on March 20th via Relapse Records. Myrkur has always carved her own path and challenged underground preconceptions of heavy genres. Soon after newfound motherhood, Bruun sets out on a journey into the very heart of the Scandinavian culture that marked her... Continue Reading →

CD review BORKNAGAR ‘True North’

(8/10) ‘True North’, that’s the title of Borknagar’s next album the band add to the books. Three years after ‘Winter Thrice’ has been released it’s the new album being the second one after having inked a deal with Century Media. Borknagar, started in 1995 and are one of the many Norwegian bands hailing from Bergen... Continue Reading →

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