Amorphis – Skyforger (2009) – Review

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RMR just covered Amorphis‘ 2022 piece Halo. And contrary to a few croaks of imminent defeat out there, the band still shines as strongly as it did some 13 years earlier. They must be doing something right in this outfit. Or – perhaps – it is the Finnish fresh air, the pristine water, and frequent trips to the sauna. This band churns out one great record after the other. Consistently, reliably, and with minute attention to detail and quality.

So, as we are on a roll with this band, the time has finally come to reach way into … [...] Click to raid more!

Marko Hietala leaves Nightwish!

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May we live in interesting times, right? The bad – or strange – news never stops, and we’re in for more in 2021.

Nightwish‘s Marko Hietala has decided to quit the band with immediate effect and to – in his words – “…leave public life.” It appears that during the terrible last year, he had second thoughts about his life as a musician and the music industry as a whole. Which – wisely – led him to take a time-out and leave one of the greatest Symphonic Metal bands of all time. And that is a pity.

Hietala always … [...] Click to raid more!

Newsflash: Mister Folk issues Compilation #4!

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What 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 [...] Click to raid more!

Kanseil – Doin Earde (2015) – Review

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A fresh, crunchy wind blows into today’s somewhat stale folk metal scene. Coming up from the South, no less!

The Italian band Kanseil just published their debut album Doin Earde (meaning ‘your land’ in Cimbrian dialect) a few days ago. Arguably their tune is still in need of some more polish and improvement. But frankly, the way innovation, energy, drive, and delivery goes, their tune is not bad at all.

I have been following them around for a while already and I do like their refreshing style, mixing different medieval, archaic, and contemporary instruments into their metal stew.

Kanseil bring enough variation to their tune to avoid having … [...] Click to raid more!