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 →
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 →
That Swedes can compose and play doom metal is nothing new. After all, it was Candlemass who released with 'Nightfall' a reference album which is still the benchmark for every doom metal band today. Piece by piece it is now their Swedish compatriots from Sorcerer who are getting closer to this milestone album. Sorcerer is... Continue Reading →
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 →
Armored Saint has released a new video for their digital single 'Isolation (Live from Isolation)' - a live re-recording of the classic track, 'Isolation', which appeared on 1987's 'Raising Fear'. This new version was recorded and filmed in April 2020 while all of the band members were quarantined at their homes in Los Angeles, CA. Watch and... Continue Reading →
Cirith Ungol's return ends after glorious 40 minutes with the last tones of 'Forever Black', the title track. I was lucky that I could witness the Cirith Ungol's live show at Rock Hard festival in 2018 and at the time I couldn't imagine, holding a new record in hands. But sometimes dreams turn into reality. Fans of the band and Epic Metal in general will love this album and I can highly recommend it. The underground pioneers and inventors of Epic Metal are back, hopefully for many more years.
On April 14th, Whitechapel launched a new digital single for the acoustic version of 'Hickory Creek'. The studio version of the track originally appeared on the critically acclaimed album, 'The Valley', released last year via Metal Blade Records. Vocalist Phil Bozeman comments: "If any song could have an acoustic version, it would be 'Hickory Creek'. This was enjoyable on... Continue Reading →
Igorrr's music is special and for sure not run-of-the mill. The band, being the brainchild of French musician Gautier Serre stretch the frames of Metal and other genres by combining many and difrerent influences to rather unique sound collage. 'Spirituality and Distortion' takes time and wants to be uncovered step by step. Breakcore, Metal and... Continue Reading →