ON ATLAS‘ SHOULDERS • Sublime forged stainless steel

You love it completely individual, contagiously fervent, thoroughly inspired as well as with the greatest possible devotion?
Then get prepared for 100 % genuine and overwhelming listenable EPIC HEAVY METAL of the highest order!

ON ATLAS‘ SHOULDERS stands for uplifting, memorable melodies, an impressive vocal range and moving backing vocals combined with harmonized guitar riffs!

[ Artwork: On Atlas‘ Shoulders ]

01. The Executioner 03:21
02. 5 Billion Years 03:39
03. Ruins 03:59
04. When Heavens Collide 05:55
05. Age of Fire 02:59
06. To the Wolves 04:00
07. Flight of the Falcon 04:10
08. Interceptor, Truth Protector 03:55
09. Biohazard 03:03
10. Brothers in Arms 04:53

total: 39:54

Powerful solos and thundering double bass characterize the enormously beefy sound of these quickly convincing German hopefuls.

The outstanding gifted formation was founded in late 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany, by highly soulful vocalist Marius Bönisch and guitarist Ben Chadwick – completed by axeman Björn Anders and drummer Leo Pick.

[ Pic: On Atlas‘ Shoulders ]

Marius Bönisch • Vocals
Ben Chadwick • Guitar & Backing Vocals
Björn Anders • Guitar & Backing Vocals
Ben Chadwick • Bass
Leo Pick • Drums

ON ATLAS‘ SHOULDERS released their elevating debut album „Invictus“ in June 2020, laying a strong foundation in the global Heavy Metal scene.

Their second full-length assault „Hyperion“ delivers anthemic, combative and gripping material from start to finish – an exquisite album for connoisseurs and appreciators that is as very deeply thought-out as it is captivating. „Hyperion“ will hail the world in summer 2021!

2020 • Invictus (Full-length)
2021 • Hyperion (Full-length)

ON ATLAS‘ SHOULDERS is available for interviews via phone, Skype & email !


HAND OF KALLIACH • Music as a third spouse

HAND OF KALLIACH is available for interviews via phone, Skype & email
[ handofkalliach @ gmail.com ]

Similar: Primordial, Oceans Of Slumber, Ihsahn

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Hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland, Husband-and-wife two piece HAND OF KALLIACH arose in December 2020 with the launch of their fascinating debut EP, „Shade Beyond“.

As their touching eclectic ATMOSPHERIC CELTIC METAL sound is defined by distilled Scottish, Gaelic and Celtic overtones, blended with a poisonous Melodeath Metal foundation, it was picked up very quickly by stations and playlists as ‚January’s Band Of The Month‘ on the Midnight Hour show on Metal Meyhem Radio.

[ Artwork: Hand Of Kalliach ]

01. Fàilte 04:56
02. Fathoms 02:59
03. Overwhelm 03:27
04. White Horizon 05:19
05. In Tempest Wrought 07:08

total: 23:49

Whilst influenced by Folk music, HAND OF KALLIACH creates minimal use of traditional instruments, instead lifting rhythms, time signatures and patterns from Folk music and adapts them for distorted guitars

The tracks of „Shade Beyond“ range in atmosphere from the charged energy of „In Tempest Wrought“ and „White Horizon“, to the raw aggression of „Fathoms“ and the darker intonations of „Fàilte“, and to the more classic Metal punch of „Overwhelm“:

[ Pic: Hand Of Kalliach ]

Sophie Fraser • Vocals, Bass
John Fraser • Vocals, Guitars, Drums

The overwhelming mixture of the multi-talented pair is truly as unique as it is hypnotic – just dare to imagine a deeply lovely voice like Sarah Brightman’s, as in „White Horizon,“ where the vocals then soar into gripping epic visions of world escape!

2020 • Shade Beyond (EP)


„… HAND OF KALLIACH does a tremendous job at keeping that energy, power, and all the sensations that a rock-solid work of Folk Metal needs in order to succeed where many others might slack to help make ‚Shade Beyond‘ not only an interesting debut but an immensely promising one at that.“
(Head-banger Reviews)

„… Gaelic and Celtic overtones that can be normally heard in traditional Scottish Folk Music and blend it with Epic Metal sounds … incredible range of Folk and epic Metal production … distorted guitars and incredible growls performed by the husband, balanced with the orchestral softness in the background and the wife’s almost faerie-like vocals is an enchanting listening experience.“
(Miss Mephistopheles)

SINIRA • Frenzied grandeur

The timeless style of great Swedish pioneers like Dissection, Vinterland, Unanimated, Dawn and Sacramentum, multi-instrumentalist and singer Knell feels obliged not only musically-ideally and tastefully.

Even more, the enthusiast has become so addicted to the legendary legacy of these titans that his excellent debut album „The Everlorn“ goes far beyond the status of mere homage.

[ Pic: JAR ]

Knell • All instruments, Vocals

In 2016, he founded SINIRA – for Knell, this was the beginning of the very personal fulfillment of his MELODIC BLACK METAL longings, so to speak.

Two years later, the first demo „Dawnless Twilight“ followed, which the versatile maestro now follows up with a truly powerful long-playing strike:

[ Artwork: KN ]

01. Where Starlight Does Not Shine 07:47
02. Gardens Of Pestilence 08:21
03. The Everlorn 09:26
04. Souls Of The Flame 01:48
05. Tear Ladened Skies 06:48
06. Our Final Nightfall 07:45
07. Dawnless Twilight 11:27
08. Omega XI 02:44

total: 56:06 min.

Eight wonderfully catchy and rousingly triumphant tracks that hold everything that once so magnificently began the great whole of this unique métier!

With „The Everlorn“ the gifted exceptional artist succeeded in a flawless bull’s eye.
SINIRA quickly inspires with uplifting melodies, intoxicatingly desperate vocals and heaps of thundering pattering playing tempos.

>>> Knell of SINIRA ist available for interviews via email !

Northern Silence Productions


2018 • Dawnless Twilight (EP)
2019 • Soulreaper (Single)
2019 • Where Starlight Does Not Shine (Single)
2021 • The Everlorn (Full-length)


10 / 10
„… without a doubt one of the best ( if not the best) albums released in 2020/21 … master of furious melody … pure devotion to chaos, which conquers without a doubt all the darkest nostalgic waters …“
(Science Of Noise)

4 / 5
„… a working, dynamic, determined disc with an obvious quality in all its forms.“
(El Portal Del Metal)

8 / 10
„… the result of a unique artistic vision … guitar playing is effective … extremely atmospheric … drumming goes in the faster direction, which I appreciate … production is very good.“
(WeRock NU)

7 / 10
„… guitars with a clear Scandinavian Melodic Black Metal influence … epic and dramatic … everything revolves around rhythmic exchanges, rolls leading to the classic outburst, but there are also fast and direct dynamic parts … the vicious, corrupt and unhealthy aura of the genre is clearly heard … good example of a reference to a bygone era with an heartfelt debut and an fair homage.“
(Metal IT)

3 / 5
„… sounding huge … the drums thunder across the sonic field like a a rumbling tank whilst the snare shoots through your ears like a machine gun … really love the sharpness and clarity of the guitar tones … icy riffs … very well mixed album … adds that bit extra as well as maintaining the aggression and rawness of the songs.“

„… will not fail to make people talk about it and make the artist rising into another dimension … in any case a first album of great quality released by the Texan project, which leaves with a head start to win the honorary title of the discovery of the year.““

„… a gem that does not stop to scream out of the chest … the reproducibility is quite high with the musicality that everyone remembers … especially the first half of songs is convincing … a masterpiece … recommended for all Black Metal fans …“
(Noisy Minority Work)

„… full of melody, amazing riffs and all together do very good songs, and the very good songs do an amazing album.“
(Blessed Altar)

„… was recommended to me by a member of The Metal Gamer community and I can’t thank her enough for it! This debut screams Dissection, hell I even had to check at times if it wasn’t them playing some unreleased tracks or something … if you love melodic Death/Black Metal then you will love this, simple as that.“
(The Metal Gamer)

„… a highly-melodic work, full of the sort of genuine lead guitar work often missing from extreme Metal.“
(No Clean Singing)

„Pure and hard brutality with an undeniable classic evocation … sounds very good … a lot of power.“

DESPERATION BLVD • On the road of broken hearts

Since September 17, the Italian hard rockers have been presenting the music video for the track „November Pain“ from their self-titled debut EP – and if you think of Guns N‘ Roses right away when you hear such a song title, you can feel exactly on the right 80’s track:

Clear echoes of other well-known cult bands such as Faster Pussycat, Bulletboys, L.A. Guns, Pretty Boy Floyd, Bang Tango, Vain, Babylon A.D., Tuff and Dangerous Toys round off the lively, uplifting sound.

DESPERATION BLVD is a brand new project from Italy, born from an idea of two experienced musicians, guitarist Alex ‚Crown‘ Corona and drummer Elvis ‚Hell‘ Ortolan. The trio is completed by bassist Matteo ‚Matt‘ Martinelli.

[ Pic: Gabriele Boz ]

Crown • Guitars
Matt • Bass
Hell • Drums

Guest musicians:
David Reece (Accept, Bangalore Choir) • Vocals in ‚North-East Boulevard‘
Thomas Silver (Hardcore Superstar) • Guitar solo in ‚North-East Boulevard‘
Fabio D’Amore (Serenity) • Vocals in ‚Hold Back The Rain‘
Herma (Sick ’n‘ Beautiful) • Vocals in ‚Queen Of Heartache‘
Alessia Scolletti (Temperance) • Vocals in ‚Sorry (I Don’t Want You)‘
Claudio Coassin (Raintime/Fake Idols) • Vocals in ‚Henhouse Tales‘
Mattia Martin (Bad As) • Vocals in ‚November Pain‘

The band’s current debut is a self-titled six-song EP consisting of five enormously crisply orchestrated and cool vocalized original songs as well as the Duran Duran classic „Hold Back The Rain“ – a vibrant and enormously casual cover version that immediately defines the strong personality and unique SLEAZE’N’ROLL style of DESPERATION BLVD.

[ Artwork: Simone ‚Zimon‘ Sut for N.B.S. • Imagination & Design ]

01 November Pain 03.04
02 Queen Of Heartache 03.11
03 Henhouse Tales 03.04
04 North-East Boulevard 03.09
05 Hold Back The Rain 04.13
06 Sorry (I Don’t Want You) 03.53

This deliciously snappy release is enriched by various guest musicians. Among others, former Accept singer David Reece is featured in „North-East Boulevard“, and Thomas Silver from Hardcore Superstar contributed a wonderfully fluid guitar solo for the number. Serenity vocalist Fabio D’Amore, on the other hand, shows in „Hold Back The Rain“ that he has a remarkably wide range of skills, while the no less vocally strong, changeable Alessia Scolletti from Temperance in „Sorry (I Don’t Want You)“ partly goes completely out of herself.

Recorded and co-produced by Michele Guaitoli, known from the bands Visions Of Atlantis, Overtures and Temperance at The Groove Factory Studio, „Desperation BLVD“ will be released in December 2020.


DESPERATION BLVD are available for interviews via phone, Skype & email


COLDUN • Philosophical optimism

Initiated as a solo project by singer Coldun himself in 2006, COLDUN has meanwhile grown into a veritable formation.

The group is made up of top-class musicians and long-time companions, all of whom have gained experience and competence through various band activities and projects in the last 20 years.

[ Pic: Coldun ]

Coldun • Vocals, Bass, Hammond, Synths
ZK • Guitars
MR • Guitars
NC • Drums

On the impressively art-minded 2014 second work „Collapsing Polarities“ the whole timeless class of COLDUN’s aesthetic-philosophically impregnated work is already revealed.

Now the musicians climb the logical next step together with their enthroned throat emperor:
The new and third album with the inspiring title „Grand Sun Ritual“ was mixed and mastered in the Priory Recording Studios Birmingham by Greg Chandler (Esoteric) in outstanding quality.

The ATMOSPHERIC PROGRESSIVE METAL of the soulful top experts from the Ore Mountains is once again vocalized in a highly uplifting manner with the absolute grand championship, for which the unmistakably evocative exceptional voice of frontman Coldun stands so uniquely.

With the professional artwork, the authors represent their profound complete works in finest cover and inlay quality:

[ Artwork: KaGo.O_O ]

01. Grand Sun Ritual 07:41
02. The Forest And The Soul 06:23
03. Down Below 07:42
04. Salvation Day 08:32
05. Stories Untold 05:19
06. Hail Out To Thebes 09:16
07. I Dreamed That Dream 06:34

total: 52:00 min.

Listen title track:

„Grand Sun Ritual“, a real soul slurper, shows influences from Doom to Post Metal and connects both worlds, which the tasteful creators love so much.
Thus, COLDUN let atmospheric and deeply rich ambient sounds come together with wild Rock/Metal guitar riffs and drums in an amazingly fluid way, deliciously refined with the classic aroma of 70s guitar and Hammond feeling.
The necessary edge in the often majestic sound image is provided by hard, sometimes even post-black stagings, which can ultimately bring a modern, but always fully genuine and down-to-earth high-class sound to brilliant radiance.

[ Pic: Coldun ]

In terms of content, the new long-player revolves around the eternally topical questions of humanity about the respective meaning of life and death.
The thought-provoking lyrics of the songs show a radically positive basic tenor, which stands for Coldun’s personal conviction that in death nothing is absolute – and certainly not an end.
In recent years he has developed and cultivated relevant impulses for this insight as a distinctly spiritual character by means of various journeys to areas of the world that are correspondingly revealing for him. (Markus Eck)

2007 • Necessariis? Dubiis? Caritas? (Full-length)
2014 • Collapsing Polarities (Full-length)
2021 • Grand Sun Ritual (Full-length)

9 / 10
„… captivates … so extraordinarily well that one can hardly get away from it after intensive enjoyment … impressive sound design …“
(KOBZR Magazine)


COLDUN is available for interviews via phone, Skype & email


CALAROOK • Ready for boarding!


It just doesn’t matter whether the five bright privateers from CALAROOK enter stages or auditory canals, because no rum barrel remains full.

With extremely fiddly violin pranks, wildly scrubbed guitar thunder, commanding bass barrels, explosive drumming and stormy growling, the lively Helvetians produce exactly the special variety of PIRATE METAL that massively animates to celebrate, mosh and head bang.

[ Pic: Dan’s Art ]

Philipp Wyssen • Vocals
Nico Wiget • Guitar
Lukas Mischler • Violin
Flavio Pompeo • Bass
Yves Locher • Drums

Sovereignly balanced and jaggedly mixed with infectiously playful Folk Metal parts, rabid Death Metal reels and sometimes a pinch of wonderful nonsense – CALAROOK fires an endlessly captivating seafaring sound that leaves no one standing still or even sober.

After the foundation in 2014, their own songs were eagerly written by those involved. In 2017, the no less humorous bullies board the genre with the lively EP „Calico“.

The wind and direction were still good for the sworn team and this gave the long-thirsty breakwaters the opportunity to prove their extensive skills at the established Ragnarök Festival in Lichtenfels.



01. 47°30’18“N 8°51’52“E 02:02
02. A Cursed Ship’s Tale 04:33
03 Quest For Booze 05:36
04 Into The Storm 07:05
05 Surrender Or Die 04:27
06 Invisible Pineapples 05:09
07 Kraken’s Chest 05:46
08 Paul The Parrot 03:36
09 Jack Rackham 03:22
10 Kicking Flamingos 03:33
11 Davy Jones‘ Locker 03:47
12 Tentacle Explosion 02:34
13 Loyal To None But Rum 04:38
14 The Legend Of Liquor Island 03:03
15 The Feast Of Emerald Meadows 04:34
16 The Undying Sailor 05:37

total: 69:22 min.

So it goes full steam ahead for CALAROOK – the enormously content-rich debut album „Surrender Or Die“ will be launched on September 11ᵗʰ, 2020!

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BENDIDA • Opulent splendor


Since July 30th, this unique gathering of passionated musicians presents their new, elaborately produced music video for the album hymn „Civilization“. Produced by Boyan Karamfilov, the video shows the visionary face of the musicians involved also visually in lovingly created perfection:

Over the last years BENDIDA captured the audience’s attention by regular concerts and as an result, the popularity of the Bulgarian FANTASY METAL formation keeps growing.

The eight-headed ensemble creates an unique magical sound – the base is Metal, enhanced by Classical and Folk elements. The atmosphere of BENDIDA’s sound gets completed with an ancient Baroque instrument – Viola da gamba.

[ Pic: Jordan Chapkanov ]

Kremena Nikolova • Vocals
Vinnie Atanasov • Guitars, Vocals, Compositions, Arrangements, Orchestrations
Alexander Panayotov • Bass
Vyara Grancharova • Viola da gamba
Bisera Dimitrova • Violin
Plamen Dimitrov • French Horn
Ralitsa Georgieva • Keyboard
Velislav Kazakov • Drums

The lyrical themes in the band’s music are in the spheres of mythology, fantasy and fiction. BENDIDA interprets mythology from the ancient myths and legends – Sumer, Slavic, Thracian and others. The highly motivated group draws inspiration mainly from Classical music, Metal and Folklore.

Besides the traditional Rock music instruments and the mentioned Viola da gamba, the line-up also includes violin, flute and French horn, which sound has been part of BENDIDA’s appearance for several years. The epic sound of the compositions includes uplifting choir parts, opulent orchestrations, dreamy-playful flutes, rounded up by an overwhelming string section.

Also included is even an traditional Bulgarian instrument, the Tambura, which adds the characteristic Folklore shots to the demanding art of BENDIDA.

[ Pic: Mihail Tsveov ]

The first EP has been released at the beginning of 2012, entitled „The Farthest Shore“. In 2014 the band released the single „Prince Of Ice“, together with an official video clip. At the end of 2014, BENDIDA released their second official music video for the song „The Witch And The Devil“.

April 2015 saw them taking part in the competition „Kavarna Battle Of The Bands“, and in May the same year BENDIDA became the first finalist in „Wacken Open Air Metal Battle Bulgaria 2015“.

In 2017 the band released two video clips: „Land Of Perun“ and „Whispers In The Dark“. At the that year, they released their debut album, mystically entitled „Goddess Of The Moon“. Beside all their creative activities, these Bulgarian hopefuls shared the stages with established names as Nightwish, Apocalyptica, Kamelot etc.

[ Artwork: Kremena Nikolova ]

01. Enter The Sanctuary 02:08
02. Legend Of Gilgamesh 05:37
03. Hunt The Hunter 03:55
04. Vampires‘ Ball 04:36
v5. Beast And Man 06:27
06. Desolated Sea 04:32
07. Music Of The Spheres 04:34
08. The Fern Flower 05:22
09. Lady Of Eternal Winter 04:01
10. Dawn Of Man 01:12
11. Civilization 04:33
12. Middle Ages 02:59
13. Apogee 01:10
14. Demolition 02:31
15. The New World 03:06

total: 56:43 min.
In the beginning of 2020, BENDIDA published the 2nd album, „The First Of The Heroes“. As guest musician appears Janika Groß – gifted German singer of Haggard and Molllust – in the song „Vampires‘ Ball“.

2017 • Goddess Of The Moon (Full-length)
2020 • First Of The Heroes (Full-length)

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 BENDIDA is available for interviews via phone, Skype & e-mail !


97 / 100
„… will mark future times in terms of Symphonic Metal … light years away from the falsehood that is often heard … a dazzling and rarely found level … imagine how a crossing between Therion, Haggard, Molllust, Nightwish, Epica and Rhapsody Of Fire/Luca Turilli would result? It’s like Vivaldi, Verdi, Mozart and Bethoveen have become metalheads! Simply brilliant and masterful!“
(Via Nocturna)

9,5 / 10
„… a band with 8 elements, including a soprano female vocalist, violin, piano, viola da gamba (kind of cello) and french horn … full of orchestrations and pompous songs … among the majestic orchestrations of Vinnie Atanasov (also all guitars) are the portentous vocals of Kremena Nikolova … a symphonic masterpiece …“
(Sounds From Apocalypse)

9 / 10
„… Bulgarian originals … Symphonic Metal full of class and neo-classical virtuosity … appeals more to sensitivity than to savagery and is of a surprising quality.“
(World Of Metal)

9 / 10
„BENDIDA’s new work will enchant and fascinate you … it will take you on a musical journey through unreal worlds … it will take you away from the gray everyday life, leaving you pleasantly dizzy from the polyphony of instruments and voices … heavy guitars, violins, pianos, folk instruments, various vocal and choral performances, all this will fall on you, but somehow gently, in portions, so that it can be perceived and you will want more …“
(We Rock BG)

15 / 20
„… heartbreakers … atmospheric … operatic … gliding along a radiant melodic river, dressed in silk by the spellbinding lyrical flights of the mistress of Ceremonies, which neither Mattsson nor Nightwish would have rejected.“
(Spirit Of Metal)

„… it is obvious the huge amount of work, sincerity and professionalism invested in it … definitely a step in the right direction and gives hope for the future of the native Symphonic / Power Metal.“
(Metal World INFO)

WITCHE’S BREW • Deep in the 80s, high in quality

These promising Italian HARD ROCKERS got together by their own Rock’n’Roll destiny in 2007.

The band’s name WITCHE’S BREW is taken from the name of guitarist Mirko Witche Bosco. In 2008 the hungry bunch recorded a live EP, „Pentatonicspeedfreaks“ during an Austrian tour.

[ Pic: Raissa Bianchi ]

Mark Blacks • Vocals
Mirko Witche Bosco • Guitars
Demis Perry Whites • Bass
Frankie Brando • Drums

Two years later WITCHE’S BREW recorded their first full length release „White Trash Sideshow“, published through Black Widow Records. The year 2011 the formation participated in the compilation „Return To The Sabbath“, a tribute to Black Sabbath.

2012 saw them recording their second album „Supersonicspeedfreaks“, also with Black Widow Records, this time with the participation of special guests including none other than Nik Turner of Hawkwind and Frederick Martin Grice of Delirium amongst others.

In 2015 WITCHE’S BREW recorded the third album „Against The Grain“, also with Black Widow Records as label partner.

All of these longplayers received great reviews and interviews from both national and international music media, such as Rock Hard, Metal Hammer, Metal Maniac, Classix, Sludge, Rumore etc. WITCHE’S BREW have done many tours throughout Italy and Europe.

[ Pic: Davide Bordogna ]

After a few usual changes in the band they finally found finally the perfect line-up to record their fourth and best album to date, out in September 2020 on Universal Music Group Italy: „Chronicles Of Electric Sorcery“.

01. Redneck Saloon 05:39
02. Shot Of Rum 05:05
03. Devil’s Whorehouse 04:47
04. Contagious 03:13
05. Ti Bon Ange 04:07
06. Take You There 05:10
07. Good Spot 04:09
08. Find A Way 03:40
09. See You Next Time 03:37
10. Out Of Control 03:22

total 41:29 min.

Since June 12th, 2020, the quartet spoil the ears with the track „Find A Way“ – the first official single release out of the upcoming album:

[ Artwork: Mirko Witche Bosco ]

The new, all around sovereignly presented compositions reveal truly outstanding, great potential, and it is by no means a coincidence that the production of the record also strongly reminds of the glorious 80s.
And the latter is no miracle – after all, WITCHE’S BREW are fully into the legacy of crunchy bands such as Lynch Mob, Slaughter, Giant, Skid Row, Dangerous Toys and Dirty Looks. (Markus Eck)

On Friday, June 19th, 2020, the band published its new music video for „Find A Way“:


2010 • White Trash Sideshow (Full-length)
2012 • Supersonicspeedfreaks (Full-length)
2015 • Against The Grain (Full-length)
2020 • Chronicles Of Electric Sorcery (Full-length)

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WELKINS BOREAL – Reactivated passion

Reactivated passion

WELKINS BOREAL was founded in 2018 by Finnish songwriter Teemu Kautonen as a follow-up to his former band Nattvindens Gråt, which released three albums 1995-2000 and played a European tour in 1997. Teemu has also played with acts like Darkwoods My Betrothed, Furthest Shore and Wizzard.

WELKINS BOREAL’s debut album ‚Phantoms Of Yesteryear‘ was released in 2019 as Teemu’s solo effort. On the new EP „Ashes“, the line-up was augmented with Aki Koponen on guitar and Toni Paananen as session drummer.

[ Artwork: Pavel Kurbanov • All4Band Design ]

01. Are You A Witch? 03:58
02. Triumph Of Steel 04:59
03. Ashes 03:51

total: 12:48 min.

 contains three ATMOSPHERIC GOTHIC METAL songs that vary in style from the raw heaviness of ‚Are You a Witch?‘ to the epic and progressive ‚Triumph Of Steel‘ to the catchy melodic title track.

In fact, the EP features the first brand new songs Teemu has written since 2001, given that the debut album ‚Phantoms Of Yesteryear‘ comprised of completely revised and re-recorded versions of old Nattvindens Gråt songs.

WELKINS BOREAL opted to record the EP in the old-fashioned style on magnetic tape with the apostle of analogue sound, producer/engineer Anssi Kippo at Finland’s legendary Astia Studio.

[ Pic: Mirkka Pihlajamaa ]

Teemu Kautonen • Lead & backing Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Aki Koponen • Guitar, backing Vocals

Toni Paananen • Session Drums

Everything on the new EP is organic: no drum samples, no autotune, no amp simulators, no MIDI. Therefore, the playing and singing might not be perfect, but the producer and the band followed the philosophy of the feeling of the music outweighing robotic precision and a sense of danger being more interesting than predictable perfection.

The fundamental elements of the music are catchy rocking melodies, heavy guitar riffing, melancholic keyboards and baritone vocals. Fans of bands such as Sentenced, To/Die/For, Ghost and Charon should feel right at home with WELKINS BOREAL.

 WELKINS BOREAL is available for interviews via phone, Skype & e-mail



2019 • Phantoms Of Yesteryear (Full-length)
2020 • Ashes (EP)

VARUS – Sublime quintessence

VARUS was formed in 2012 as a further development of the party-hearted minstrels of Banjaxed. Elements of folklore and the joy of celebration were retained, but the participants decided to concentrate on their own compositions and to leave the replay of already written works behind.

[ Pic: Wiebke Brandt ]

Konstantin Raab • Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Flutes
Stefan Schwarz • Guitars/Backing Vocals
Norbert Caspar • Bass
Max Betz • Drums
The band name VARUS refers to the historical Battle of the Teutoburg Forest or the leader of the Roman legions, who took his own life on the battlefield and thus functions as a symbol of the empire pushed back by the Germanic natural tribes.

Formed in the forges of Upper Franconia, VARUS is committed to a lengthy and all-round profound concept:
The equally independent as well as epic and aesthetic fusion of classical music, traditional Folk and pithy Metal.

The initial raw idea developed into a characteristic, dynamic SYMPHONIC FOLK METAL style that strikes an original balance between emotional, atmospheric, epic orchestrations and thunderous, dark guitar thunderstorms.

[ Artwork: Belén Morante Velasco ]

01. The Awakening 09:09
02. Tränk dein Herz 02:47
03. A New Dawn 05:27
04. Ascheregen 05:01
05. Ein Lebewohl 09:01
06. Wandel der Zeit 05:40
07. The Minstrels Chant 05:25
08. Die letzte Schenke 04:01

total: 46:31 min.
So the four minstrels came together to unite a bundle of orchestral epic, uncompromising hardness, sophisticated structures and melodic Folk influences. Next to trembling bass foundations, brute guitar walls and archaic drums, flute, tin whistle and mandolin also find their place.

In 2014 the band released its debut album „Till The Sun Rises“, now they are back in the scene with the brilliant successor „A New Dawn“.

Official Lyric Video for the title song „A New Dawn“:

VARUS‚ characteristic and unique creations on „A New Dawn“ are held together by sophisticated drum compositions, which also cover more progressive fields, and a hammering bass, which includes funk as well as baroque thoroughbass. The harmonious ensemble is rounded off by wide-ranging guttural vocals and occasional clear vocals, completed by voluminous choral arrangements.

The lyrics of the songs deal with legends, sagas and timeless themes such as freedom, nature romanticism or the art of drinking. The lyrics are deliberately bilingual – in German and English.

2014 • Till The Sun Rises (Full-length)
2020 • A New Dawn (Full-length)

 VARUS are available for interviews via phone, Skype & e-mail

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