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BLASTFEST – Adds Seven More Bands To The Lineup!

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on September 13, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Norway’s Blastfest has just unveiled another seven great reasons why you need to book the 19th – 21st of February 2015 off work. Today the festival organisers announce the addition of seven more bands to the billing including Finnish Folk Metal upstarts Finntroll, Melodic Black Metal sextet Moonsorrow and Ireland’s men of myth Primordial.

The Bergen festival is only in its second year and after having already announced acts such as At The Gates, Decapitated, Rotting Christ, Destruction and Asphyx amongst others and with more yet to come, it’s fair to say that Blastfest is already offering one of the finest Extreme Metal line-ups of 2015.

FINNTROLL

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In their spare time we at Blastfest like to pursue our native Norwegian interest of troll hunting. This led us deep into the woods of Finland, where we picked up quite the collection of healthy specimens. In February 2015 we’ll present them to you, on stage, under the moniker of Finntroll. Yes, the Finns are indeed booked and ready to wreak havoc with their extreme Folk Metal!

PRIMORDIAL

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We witnessed them laying Beyond The Gates Festival in ruins, and we have seen them do amazing performances earlier, so we figured we’d invite them back to Bergen once again. Yupp, we’ve gotten hold of the mighty and epic Primordial for you! They will surely spirit the earth aflame with yet another of their absolutely brilliant performances.

MOONSORROW

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Yet another Finnish act!? Don’t mind if we do! They have never been to Bergen before, and we know they have quite a following over here as well, so we invited Moonsorrow to introduce their brand of Pagan/Folk- Black Metal. We have no idea what all those album titles translate to, but we know that the band are poised and ready to deliver you with the goods. Keep your Minttu bottle close and your spirits high!

MORGOTH

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Yes, we do indeed feel sorry for the Death Metal fanatic. Thus, we are continuing our line of classic Death Metal bands for the lineup, to ease whatever emotional distress the aforementioned group might struggle with. We have managed to get hold of the classic German band Morgoth. This will be their very first appearance on stage in Bergen!

CRIB45

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There’s no complete lineup without the inclusion of some up-and-coming acts. Since we have already been picking up Finnish acts en masse, we thought that we could very well add yet another one to Blastfest 2015. Crib45 is a Sludge Metal/Post-Hardcore act with a great promise of making an impact in the Metal scene. We are proud to welcome them as part of the Blastfest 2015 edition.

TORTORUM

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According to themselves, these guys are set on totally annihilating Blastfest 2015. They promise an utterly dark and psychotic delivery of the brilliant material that constitutes their hitherto two album releases. We are talking about Tortorum, the crazy bunch comprised of members hailing from such acclaimed acts as Aeternus, Gorgoroth, Dead To This World, Vulture Industries and Gravdal. Be prepared for an onslaught, or stay at home!

DJEVELKULT

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Forged in the fiery pits of hell and expanding our Black Metal community outreach program, we present you with the Norwegian Black Metallers in Djevelkult.

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Tickets on sale now: www.blastfest.no

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BLASTFEST Lineup:

Alfahanne | Asphyx | At The Gates | Baptism | Bolzer | Borknagar | Craft | Crib45 | Cryptopsy | Dark Funeral | Decapitated | Demilich | Den Saakaldte | Djevelkult | Destroyer 666 | Destruction | Endstille | Esoteric | Finntroll | Impaled Nazarene | Melechesh | Moonsorrow | Morgoth | Primrodial | Rotting Christ | Samael | Sarke | Sarkom | Saturnus | Tortorum | Tsjuder | Vallenfyre + more yet to be announced. 

Blastfest will be held 19-21st February 2015 in Bergen, Norway.

3 Days | 3 Stages | 40 Bands | Exhibitions | Clinics | Stand Up Comedy | Tattoo Convention | Theme DJ’s

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(Source: Future PR)

* For more info on BLASTFEST:

www.facebook.com/blastfestival

www.twitter.com/blastfestnorway

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LONG LIVE BLASTFEST.

LONG LIVE NORWAY.

LONG LIVE METAL.

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NORTHERN OAK – Post ‘Of Roots And Flesh’ Full Album Teaser

Posted in folk metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on September 13, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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With anticipation growing as the release date for the forthcoming South Yorkshire Progressive Folk Metallers Northern Oak album draws near, the band have today posted a full album teaser video. The video provides short snippets from each track as well as providing a little insight into each song. ‘Of Roots And Flesh’ will be released independently on 04th October 2014.

Watch The Video Here:

The band also recently announced a string of tour dates across England, see Northern Oak live at the following dates:

27th September – Wakefield, Snooty Fox

04th October – Sheffield, Corporation (‘Of Roots And Flesh’ Album Launch Show)

30th October – Sheffield, Corporation

31st October – Sheffield, Delaney’s

01st November – Doncaster, The Woolpack

07th November – Nottingham, The Old Salutation Inn

14th November – Leeds, The Fox & Newt

22nd November – Bridlington, Valkyrian Festival

Watch The ‘Nerthus’ Lyric Video Here:

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Pre-Order ‘Of Roots & Flesh Here: http://music.northernoak.co.uk/

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(Source: Future PR)

* For more info on NORTHERN OAK:

www.northernoak.co.uk

www.facebook.com/northern.oak

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LONG LIVE NORTHERN OAK.

LONG LIVE METAL.

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Out Now! PROTOKULT Unleash New Album ‘No Beer In Heaven’ And ‘Get Me A Beer!’ Music Video

Posted in folk metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on August 11, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Top L-R: Dawid Slowiak (Bass) – Mike Matveev (Drums),  Ekaterina Pyatkova (Vocals, Woodwinds, Synthesizer) – Martin Drozd (Vocals, Guitar, Synthesizer) – Jeremy Jackson aka Vodnik (Guitar) – Photo Credit: Danielle Griscti

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Gracing the stage with the likes of ARKONA, TURISAS, ALESTORM and BLACKGUARD, Toronto, ON’s band of beer drinking progressive folk metallers PROTOKULT return in 2014 with their new album ‘No Beer In Heaven’ – released on August 8th and available on bandcamp here to follow-up to 2011’s ‘Marzena’ EP and 2009’s debut ‘Ancestral Anthems’.

With a beauty and the beast-like contrast between Ekaterina’s haunting vocals and the band’s Metal onslaught, No Beer In Heaven, captures the reformed quintet at an all-time high, showcasing an impressive palette of twelve entirely new compositions and straps the listener on an adventurous, heavy and experimental trek, diving into themes of drinking, history and human endeavor. The band unites their diverse cultures into one sound, balancing tradition and folklore with Heavy, Thrash and Black Metal for headbangers everywhere.

Vocalist Ekaterina Pyatkova comments:

“We are delighted to showcase our finest release brought to you by our lineup in peak form!! Three years in the making, No Beer In Heaven presents an assortment of ambient, prog-folk, heavy tunes that take you on a dark, drunken adventure! So grab a cold one and indulge!”

Bandcamp Album Stream And Purchase:

Track Listing: Protokult – No Beer In Heaven

1. Get Me A Beer! (3:04) 
2. Heaven Cast Me Out (4:04) 
3. My Father’s Word (5:49)
 4. Flight of The Winged Hussar (5:52)
 5. Sol Intention (4:39) 
6. Edge of Time (5:28)
 7. Sanctuaries (2:04)
 8. Desert Scourge (4:31)
 9. Gorale (4:15)
 10. Summer’s Ode (6:07) 
11. Razbival Okovi Perun (1:26) 
12. Water of Life (8:46)

Total Length: (56:12)

YouTube Album Stream -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tHT25mIl8o

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(Source: Asher Media Relations)

* For more info on PROTOKULT:

http://www.protokult.com

http://www.facebook.com/protokult

http://www.twitter.com/protokult

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LONG LIVE PROTOKULT.

LONG LIVE CANADA.

LONG LIVE METAL.

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NORTHERN OAK – Unveil New Album Track Listing And Artwork

Posted in folk metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 28, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Northern Oak, the South Yorkshire Progressive Folk Metallers, unveil new album details, including the track listing and artwork, for ‘Of Roots And Flesh’.

Ranging from existential rage on ‘The Gallows Tree’, relentless doom and sorrow on ‘Taken’ to a desire to see the best of humanity in the title track, ‘Of Roots And Flesh’ rewards with a seamless blending of vocal styles and a fusion of electric and acoustic guitars, flutes, violins and even melodeons as the band takes you on a musical journey through the nature of struggle.

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See the full track listing for ‘Of Roots And Flesh’ below, which is set for release on 4th October 2014.

1) The Dark Of Midsummer

2) Marston Moor

3) Gaia

4) Nerthus

5) Isle Of Mists

6) Taken

7) Requiescant In Pace

8) The Gallows Tree

9) Bloom

10) Of Roots And Flesh

11) Only Our Names Will Remain

12) Outro

The album art, completed by Lithuanian born artist Augustinas Našlėnas, can be seen below.

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Northern Oak are renowned for their ability to weave vicious Black Metal riffs with haunting flute folk melodies. Since the release of their 2010 album ‘Monuments’ the band has toured the length and breadth of the UK with their energetic live show, furthering their reputation and earning the band show time at prestigious festivals such as Bloodstock Open Air and Warhorns.

The recording of the new album was entirely funded through a Kickstarter campaign run by the band. The incredible show of support from their loyal and ever-growing fan base allowed Northern Oak to record the album at Skyhammer Studios with renowned producer Chris Fielding (Primordial, Electric Wizard, Conan).

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(Source: Future PR)

* For more info on NORTHERN OAK:

northernoak.co.uk

facebook.com/northern.oak

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LONG LIVE NORTHERN OAK.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

PROTOKULT – Progressive Folk Metal Band Reveal Artwork and Track Listing From Upcoming Album “No Beer In Heaven” – Out On August 8th

Posted in folk metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 5, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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L-R: Jeremy Jackson aka Vodnik (Guitar) – Martin Drozd (Vocals, Guitar, Synthesizer) – Mike Matveev (Drums), Dawid Slowiak (Bass), Ekaterina Pyatkova (Vocals, Woodwinds, Synthesizer) – Photo Credit: Erica Ivashina

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Toronto, Ontario’s fun-loving, beer drinking progressive folk metal band PROTOKULT are proud to share with fans artwork and the track listing for their upcoming album ‘No Beer In Heaven’, set for official release on August 8th, 2014, to follow-up 2011’s EP ‘Marzena’ and 2009’s debut ‘Ancestral Anthems’.

“We are anxious and excited to finally unleash the first PROTOKULT full-length album with our current and talented lineup. Expect nothing short of pure, heathen prog-folk with a healthy traditional metal dosage in the mix. Our first single, ‘Get Me A Beer’ will be released early this July and expect the official video shortly thereafter! The video follows a story line which can be best described as “Spinal Tap meets folk-metal” and captures the band in an unpleasant, humorous yet all-too-realistic situation in which artists may find themselves in (we certainly have!)” – Martin Drozd

Years in the making and a few line up changes in the PROTOKULT camp, the Eastern European transplants have transformed progressive, folk and heavy metal influences into a twelve track adventurous trek, diving into themes of drinking, history and human endeavor. Mixing a duo vocal attack of melodic operatics, plus woodwinds from Ekaterina Pyatkova and high-spirited chanting growls from guitarist Martin Drozd, PROTOKULT showcase a diversified and powerful engagement that includes shredding with guitarist Vodnik, the pounding force of Mike Matveev on drums and the grooves of bassist Dawid Slowiak.

In additional news, PROTOKULT will be performing a Toronto CD release show on July 26th for hometown fans at Bovine Sex Club with support from locals Primalfrost, Tsargrad and Montreal’s Karkaos. (show details can found here)

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Track Listing: Protokult – No Beer In Heaven

1. Get Me A Beer! (3:04)

2. Heaven Cast Me Out (4:04)

3. My Father’s Word (5:49)

4. Flight of The Winged Hussar (5:52)

5. Sol Intention (4:39)

6. Edge of Time (5:28)

7. Sanctuaries (2:04)

8. Desert Scourge (4:31)

9. Gorale (4:15)

10. Summer’s Ode (6:07)

11. Razbival Okovi Perun (1:26)

(translation from Slovenian = Perun Has Shattered The Shackles)

12. Water of Life (8:46)

Total Length: (56:12)

Hidden Tracks:

13. Brotokult (3:03)

14. We Smoke The Ganga (3:33)

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Upcoming Show Dates:

July 19 – The Apk – London, ON w/ Battlesoul, Primalfrost, Valhalla Rising

July 26 – Bovine Sex Club – Toronto, ON w/ Primalfrost, Karkaos, Tsargrad

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Although PROTOKULT is a Canadian-based group, the members come from various backgrounds (Polish, Irish, Russian, Czech) and the result is a marvelous mix of Canadian and international forces. The goal is to unite these cultures into one sound, balancing tradition and folklore with heavy, thrash and black metal for head-bangers everywhere.

With a beauty and the beast-like contrast between Ekaterina’s haunting vocals and the band’s metal onslaught, whether they are reinventing the wheel or carrying down the torch high, PROTOKULT has an exhilarating and fresh sound for the 21st century.

From the studio to the stage, PROTOKULT puts on a live show that can be best described as engaging, energetic and in essence, a live ritual — ‘A must-see act’, according to the Emergenza festival.

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‘No Beer In Heaven’ was recorded at Spectre Sound Studios (Bloodshoteye feat. Randy of Lamb of God; and Woods of Ypres, one of the BWBK Top 30 Canadian albums) and will be released August 8, 2014.

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Critical Praise:

“They belong amongst the ranks of bands like Moonsorrow and Skyforger…Almost every song twists and turns through several folk metal transformations, without ever tapping into cheesy or overly tired clichés.” – Metal Observer (2010 review for Ancestral Anthems)

“Their songs pulse and writhe like a sinuous living thing.” – Exclaim (2012 review of Marzena)

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(Source: Asher Media Relations)

* For more info on PROTOKULT:

PROTOKULT – Sales Links: Bandcamp | iTunes

Protokult.com| Facebook | Twittter | Reverbnation | Soundcloud | Youtube | Last.FM

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LONG LIVE PROTOKULT.

LONG LIVE CANADA.

LONG LIVE METAL.

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FALCONER – Recording For New Album “Black Moon Rising” Finished; Release Date Set For June 6th, Via Metal Blade Records

Posted in folk metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported by Metal Blade Records:

FALCONER have finished recording their new album, “Black Moon Rising.” The record will be released on June 6th! Music and more info coming soon.

The band offered the following comment: “So now the mix and mastering is done for BLACK MOON RISING. After having a break from the studio and then returning my first impression was: “Was it that much double bass drums?” I’m sure this album will compete with NORTHWIND as being my favourite album though they are not alike. The last album entirely in Swedish was really rewarding to do but I must admit it’s always great to be back where you feel you belong! Well, enough with the self admiration for this time.”

Producer Andy LaRocque had the following to say: “This is how Falconer should sound!”

FALCONER’s previous album, “Armod” was released in 2011. Check out the brutal video for “Vid Rosornas Grav” below:

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FALCONER:

Mathias Blad – Vocals

Stefan Weinerhall – Guitar

Jimmy Hedlund – Guitar

Magnus Linhardt – Bass

Karsten Larsson – Drums

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* For more info on FALCONER:

Facebook: Falconer

Website: http://www.falconermusic.com/

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Website: http://www.metalblade.com

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LONG LIVE FALCONER.

LONG LIVE SWEDEN.

LONG LIVE METAL.

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ARKONA – “YAV” Album Artwork And Track Listing Revealed

Posted in folk metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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ARKONA – New forthcoming album, “Yav”, from Moscow, Russia’s Slavic Pagan\Folk Metal band: ARKONA.

The artwork for the new ARKONA album “Yav” is made by Gyula Havancsákhttp://hjules.com/

Listen to ARKONA – From “Yav” – “Na strazhe novyh let” (Teaser), by clicking the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/napalmrecords/arkona-na-strazhe-novyh-let

Yav –  Track Listing: 

1. Zarozhdenie
2. Na strazhe novyh let
3. Serbia
4. Zov pustyh dereven’
5. Gorod snov
6. Ved’ma
7. Chado indigo
8. Jav’
9. V ob’jat’jah kramoly

Check out the available editions (i.a. vinyl and a deluxe boxset) here: http://shop.napalmrecords.com/arkona

Yav – Release Dates:

25.04.2014 GAS
28.04.2014 FR
30.04.2014 ESP/SWE/NOR
02.05.2014 FIN & BENELUX
05.05.2014 UK/Rest of Europe
06.05.2014 USA/CAN

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ARKONA:

Masha “Scream” – voice

Sergei “Lazar” – guitar

Ruslan “Kniaz” – bass

Vlad “Artist” – drums

Vladimir “Volk” – wind ethnic instruments

Live session member:
Anton Dobrovolskiy – keyboards, sampler, sound

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* ARKONA are from Moscow, Russia

* For more info on ARKONA:

Facebook: Arkona

Website: http://www.arkona-russia.com

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Website: http://www.napalmrecords.com

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LONG LIVE ARKONA.

LONG LIVE METAL.

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