Video: Gotland and the Call from the Grave!

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RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Gotland - Bathory Cover Call From the Grave - ArtworkYou surely remember one Tomas Börje Forsberg. This is at least how he called himself back in time. Forsberg was more famously known by the moniker Quorthon, and as the founder of the Black Metal turned Viking Metal band Bathory. This band released some truly mysterious and electrifying stuff back in their time. Until their leader’s demise in 2004 at the age of 39 years put a brutal stop to things.

I am not a big fan of covers, and usually they won’t get published on the RMR webzine. Yet the Italian Black Metallers Gotland just released a a pretty juicy version of one of the most iconic of Bathory‘s tracks Call from the Grave scavenged from the album Under the Sign of the Black Mark. This is the one track that always gets me that kick when the stylized funeral march takes off. And it is exceedingly well done by Gotland, with some added spice to boot. So, in this case, the exception will confirm the rule.  [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Newsflash: Mister Folk issues Compilation #4!

RockmusicRaider Newsflash - Mister Folk - Compilation Vol 4 - Album CoverWhat did I just read lately? Ah – yes – it went something like this – and I quote: “Always be yourself. But if you can be a Viking, always be a Viking.”

By that token, did you ever get the urge to spiff up your insights on Pagan, Folk or Viking Metal? Or perhaps you simply want to get some ideas on what juicy slab of music to procure next? I might just have the solution for you: The Italian site Mister Folk kind of regularly issues compilations of stuff they cover over time.

They lately published the Compilation Vol IV featuring names like Skyforger, the excellent SIG:AR:TYR or – again – Gotland. You’ll also get more unknown, but very good quality gigs like the quirky Goblin Hovel or the more solemn Illdåd [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!