INCURSED – Traditional affinity

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Traditional affinity

In 2014 they delighted the fans of melodic emphasized EPIC VIKING METAL with their acclaimed album „Elderslied“.

Now the Basque masters INCURSED return with a remarkably fine EP, which can optimally represent the typical style of the playful band.

Officially, „The Slavic Covenant“ was released on July 31, 2017.

This EP serves as a harbinger for the upcoming studio album „Amalur“, which was funded by the band with a crowdfunding campaign. The official release of „Amalur“ will be announced in time.

The five mercurial compositions on „The Slavic Covenant“, including the equally surprising and original done A-ha cover of the chartbreaker „Take On Me“, show a completely unused and persistently hungry formation. INCURSED also free up massive energy spills in 2017!

For the song Fear A‘ Bhata“, INCURSED adapted the musical basic theme of a Gaelic folkloric song from the late 18th century. The refrain is presented in original language.

The modified band logo – in Cyrillic spelling – on „The Slavic Covenant“ is a courageous tribute of the crafty Basque bunch to a Ukraine tour, which has been remembered as a wonderful experience.

July, 31st 2017

01. The Slavic Covenant 04:47
02. Akelarre 04:28
03. Wild! (2017) 03:31
04. Fear A‘ Bhata 04:53
05. Take On Me 03:48

total: 21:27 min.

Asier Amo – Drums
Asier Fernández – Guitars (lead)
Jon Koldo Tera – Keyboards, Vocals (backing)
Mikel Llona – Bass
Lander Lourido – Vocals, Guitars


4,5 / 5
„With this small appetizer we were left with the desire to hear the album „Amalur“ in full. If it sounds half as good as these four advances we can find a chant in our teeth.“
(Larry Runner)

8,5 / 10
„… a new work very accomplished and full of strength …“

„In short, a very complete EP, with good clues of what awaits us with ‚Amalur‘, with improvements in production … I look forward to hearing the new LP in full.“

„… a good ration of energy, strength and power in abundance. … we can not ignore the voice, which sounds sovereign and hard, bringing more intensity … I encourage you to listen to ‚The Slavic Covenant‘, it will not disappoint you.“
(Dioses Del Metal)



MYRKGRAV | 2017 | Full-length | Box-set/CD | LTD. 50 items

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2017 | Full-length | Box-set/CD | LTD. 50 items

Short info:
MYRKGRAV became one of the prominent forces in the wave of Folk/Viking Metal since the debut album “Trollskau, Skrømt Og Kølabrenning” was released in 2006.

After the silence of 10 years, the band now returns with the second album „Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen“.

Following the initial digital release, the physical CD version is due to be unleashed under Pest Productions.


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MEDIA FEEDBACK „Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen“:

10 / 10
“… very hard to pick some tracks that are standing out from the rest of the album which is so compact and strong as this one is … I am sad because we will not hear anything new from MYRKGRAV in the future, but one is for sure – MYRKGRAV has finished their story the best they could – with one of the best Folk Metal albums that I’ve ever heard …”
(Celtic – Slavic Webzine Serbia)

10 / 10
“What I especially enjoyed in this record and also in Myrkgrav’s music in general is this contrast between the instrumental sound and the extreme side of Metal and we get to hear this combination really well throughout the record … for the lovers of the folk-ish side of the genre, the instrumental songs will be definitely earcandy whereas the lovers of the Black and extreme Metal will enjoy the harsher songs more.”
(Melody Of The Soul)

10 / 10
“… this album must be heard!”
(Der Hörspiegel)

9,5 / 10
“I’m sure there are tons more but if I had to put a list of bands that everyone should know about and probably don’t, Norway’s Myrkgrav would most likely be at the top of my list … I am crossing my fingers that 10 years from now maybe you will revisit some of these tracks? I will keep the torch lit in the meantime… great album.”

90 / 100
“We are very happy with MYRKGRAV … the songs are very entertaining … a fusion of Scandinavian Folk music and extreme Metal … the lyrics of the Folk story out of the medieval period are very strong in all the songs …”
(Rhybuck Zine)

90 / 100
“… a fantastic album in its own right and its greater than the sum of its parts. Lars Jensen is a master of his craft and should not be overlooked.”
(Metal Archives)

9 / 10
“The mix between the instruments and the Nordic tradition is fantastic which makes this second and probably final album a must for fans of Folk / Viking Metal.”
(World Of Metal Radio)

9 / 10
“… perfect blend between Folk and Metal, much more appealing than just adding folk instruments to Metal songs. In some parts it reminds me on Falkenbach or Windir … 14 songs, 64 minutes, there are no weak parts, just pleasure for our audition.”
(Sounds From Apocalypse)

9 / 10
“… instrumentally well achieved … execution is flawless and the suitable choice of the Hardanger elevates the compositions to another creativity level … balanced and diversified, combining heavy, progressive and atmospheric sonorities … doesn’t spare any folk motifs, slightly resembling the unique style of the Norwegian band Windir.”
(The Black Planet)

4 / 5 – great
(Deep Ground)

4 / 5
“… a nice package farewell to an artist who has traveled more muted in sounds halfway between Falkenbach and Otyg, to the now inflated Folk Metal roots. Many thanks to the courage of Lars Jensen, who from the small town of Åsa tried to guess the road of the musician and it has finally come out with grace and undoubted class.”
(All Around Metal)

4 / 5
(Tommeks Musikwelt)

TRACKS „Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen“:
01. Skjøn Jomfru (Norwegian version) 04:20
02. Vonde Auer (traditional version) 02:47
03. Vonde Auer 06:15
04. Bakom Gyrihaugen (instrumental) 05:21
05. Soterudsvarten 04:49
06. Om Å Danse Bekhette (10th anniversary edition) 04:59
07. Spålsnatt (instrumental) 06:27
08. Tørrhard 03:59
09. Finnkjerringa (10th anniversary edition) 04:39
10. Østa Glette (instrumental) 05:17
11. Sjuguttmyra 04:30
12. Uttjent 03:58
13. Tviom! (instrumental) 04:14
14. Skjøn Jomfru (English version) 04:19
15. Takk Og Farvel 01:26

Lars Jensen – Composer, vocals, guitars, flutes and programming

Session members:
Olav Luksengård Mjelva – Hardanger fiddle
Erlend Antonsen – Bass guitar




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Der Winter 2017 wird nicht nur kalt sondern auch knüppelhart. Die finnischen Melodic Death Metaller von KALMAH sind nach jahrelanger Mitteleuropa-Abstinenz endlich zurück in südlicheren Gefilden.


Ja ihr habt richtig gehört! KALMAH geben im Rahmen der DEATH UNLEASHED TOUR vom 01.12.2017-10.12.2017 ihren „Swamp Metal“ zum Besten.

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Mit im Gepäck sind die Epic Melodic Death Metal Durchstarter NOTHGARD aus Deutschland sowie die deutschen Post Metaller von HERETOIR.


Als Opening-Act hat man kurzer Hand die finnischen Melo Death Newcomer LOST IN GREY verpflichtet.


Lasst euch dieses melodische Spektakel auf keinen Fall entgehen!

Death Unleashed Tour 2017 • Dates

01.12.2017 • Roeselare • Belgium • De Verlichte Geest
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02.12.2017 • Oberhausen • Germany • Helvete
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03.12.2017 • Erfurt • Germany • From Hell
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04.12.2017 • Pratteln • Switzerland • Mini Z7
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05.12.2017 • Mannheim • Germany • MS Connexion
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06.12.2017 • Wien • Austria • Viper Room
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07.12.2017 • Praha • Czech • Nova Chmelnice
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08.12.2017 • Berlin • Germany • Nuke Club
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09.12.2017 • Nürnberg • Germany • Der Cult
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10.12.2017 • München • Germany • Backstage
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KALMAH geben seit nunmehr 19 Jahren ihren „Swamp Metal“ zum Besten und begeistern dabei ihre Fans – weltweit und zu Recht!
7 Studioalben, ausverkaufte Tourneen in Europa, Kanada, Asien und Südamerika sprechen für sich. Alles begann 1998 mit den Brüdern Pekka und Antti Kokko und der Liebe für Melodic Death Metal. Das machte sich schnell bezahlt und so nahm Spinefarm Records die Band unter seine Fittiche.

Bis heute blieb die Band ihrem Label und Stil treu, auch wenn der Zahn der Zeit so einige Line-Up Wechsel mit sich brachte. Wiedererstarkt in 2012 und mit seither konstantem Line-Up knüppelten die Finnen 2013 ihren siebten Silberling ein und touren unermüdlich zwischen Asien, USA und Südamerika hin und her.
Nun endlich kommen KALMAH zurück nach Mitteleuropa. Lasst euch dieses melodische Spektakel auf keinen Fall entgehen!

2008 von Sänger und Leadgitarrist Dom R. Crey gegründet, ziehen NOTHGARD seit ihrem Debütalbum „Warhorns Of Midgard“ (2011) eine Erfolgsspur hinter sich her.
Die technisch hochklassige Gitarrenarbeit sowie die epische Orchestrierung ihres melodischen Death Metal begeistern Fans und Kritiker gleichermaßen.
Nach „Age of Pandora“ (2014) legten die Jungs mit „The Sinner’s Sake“ (2016 NoiseArt Records/Universal) die Latte erneut höher und zogen direkt in die offiziellen deutschen Album Charts ein.

Mit „The Sinner’s Sake“ brechen NOTHGARD in das bisher spannendste und spektakulärste Kapitel ihrer Bandgeschichte auf. Sowohl in der Anlage als auch Live auf der Bühne werden die mit cineastischen Elementen gespickten Songs die Bayern auf ein ganz neues Level hieven.
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Atmosphäre und Emotion gepaart mit progressivem, rhythmus-geladenem Metal und der Verträumtheit von Post Rock und Shoegaze – das ist HERETOIR.
HERETOIR ist ein nostalgischer, melancholischer und tröstender Soundtrack in einer kaputten Welt. 2006 von David „Eklatanz“ C. in Augsburg gegründet, beschäftigt sich HERETOIR konzeptuell und textlich mit der Existenz, Selbstreflektion, Ängsten und Träumen – mit dem Leben in all seinen Facetten.

Die Musik soll ein Spiegel für die Entdeckung der eigenen tiefsten Gefühlswelt, der Ängste und der Seele, die in jedem von uns ruht sein.
Nach mehr als 6 Jahren Arbeit veröffentlichten HERETOIRam 24.03.2017 ihr lang erwartetes zweites Album „The Circle“. Der Silberling erhielt von der weltweiten Presse sowie von den Fans sehr gute Kritiken und die Band bewegte sich mit diesem Album einen großes Stück weg von ihren Black Metal Wurzeln hin zu progressiveren Strukturen.

Seit der Gründung im Jahr 2013 gehen LOST IN GREY ihren Weg – und das mit Erfolg!
Mittlerweile gehört das finnische Sextett der NoiseArt Records Familie an, über welche im März 2017 das Debüt Album „Grey Realms“ veröffentlicht wurde.

Am besten kann die Musik von LOST IN GREY als Mischung aus Melodic Death Metal, gepaart mit symphonischen und folkigen Einflüssen beschrieben werden. Die Band bezeichnet sich selbst als „Theatrical Metal“.

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VIRTUAL SYMMETRY – Through time and space

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Through time and space

With exquisite influences from the areas of ambient, fusion, pop and contemporary music, these men of taste enrich their multi-faceted PROGRESSIVE METAL sound since their start in 2009.

Singer Marco Pastorino and his bandmates focus mainly on romantic melodies, surreal atmospheres and chasing rhythms.

The futuristically accentuated mixture of the Milan quintet gets rounded off by suggestive backgrounds in the emphasized harmonious soundframe.

Guitarist and band founder Valerio Æsir Villa is not only a multi-instrumentalist, he also works out the ideas for the songwriting of VIRTUAL SYMMETRY. This way of proceeding was already proven for the 2016 debut album „Message From Eternity“.

And to their previous release, VIRTUAL SYMMETRY now tie up with the rich EP „X-Gate“.
This new EP is also dominated by all the characteristic contrasting elements that make up the epic face of the completely thought-out songs, which partly take longer time.

With skillfully sharpened, but far-reaching, cinematic mood-sheets, the passionate Italian visionaries paint their tracks on the new 3-tracker.

These songs were composed with a special emphasis on a equal balance between melody and technique, in order to take the listeners on an exciting journey between varied dynamics and touching emotions.

With her wonderfully sensitive, seamlessly integrated vocals, 19-year-old Diane Lee, who sings mainly in the Swiss act Lost Journey, ensures highly moody, dreamy moments.

VIRTUAL SYMMETRY cite on „X-Gate“ world-famous giants such as Dream Theater, Fates Warning, and Evanescence with the same independent devotion and love, as the band also pay homage to the respected work of exceptional musicians like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.

The fact that despite the extensive musical range and the complex arrangements everything ultimately sounds like a single cast is the merit of the huge joy of the five-piece in liquid structures, finest details and accessible homogeneity.

Official release of „X-Gate“: June 30th, 2017.


5 / 5
„Fans of Dream Theater and Seventh Wonder can rub their hands; ‚X-Gate‘ fully confirms the enormous potential of this band, which has now jumped among my favorites of all time.“
(All Around Metal)

9 / 10
„… half hour of well-felt, well-written and undoubtedly well-sounding music.“
(Giornale Metal)

9 / 10
„It’s astonishing that VIRTUAL SYMMETRY is not more well-known, but ‚X-Gate‘ may mark a rising star in the arena of Progressive Metal and Rock.“
(Metal Utopia)

8,8 / 10
„Another beautiful band from Italy … listen without any restraint!“
(Metal Samsara)

8,5 / 10
„The excellent writing of guitarist Valerio „Æsir“ Villa, bassist Alessandro Poppale („Alchymera“) and keyboardist Mark Bravi („Elevate“, together with Villa) allows the three songs to flow in natural perfection …“

8,5 / 10
„… dramatic, epic and melancholic, emphasized by the warm voice of the nineteen-year-old Diane Lee … ‚X-Gate‘ is a must-have for lovers of Fates Warning, Royal Hunt or Queensrÿche … and for those who want to immerse themselves in an articulated and enveloping sound pattern.“
(Through The Black Hole)

8,2 / 10
„… captures, kidnaps, hypnotizes as in the best progressive tradition … remarkable work …“
(In Your Eyes)

80 / 100
„… a little gem inside the Progressive Metal underground scene in Italy … Dream Theater is therefore the main inspirational muse … a journey through intricate melodic and instrumental passages …“
(Antonio Moliterni)

80 / 100
„An exceptional rhythm section supports the hard riffs (we’ve heard a lot of Symphony X apparently) … we’ve written so much for a ’simple‘ EP, but here’s so much to hear and listen to.“
(Loud And Proud)

78 / 100
„… great goal of VIRTUAL SYMMETRY … certainly, the originality of groups like Dream Theater, Masterplan or Persephone gets underpinned.“
(Insane Voices Labirynth)

7 / 10
„X-Gate“ is a really exciting and surprisingly varied EP, on which the Italian Quintett proves its technical skills and guitarist Valerio Æsir Villa shows his songwriting arts. Pleasantly multi-layered, powerful and atmospheric, and easy to carry the listener along. “
(Der Hörspiegel)

3,5 / 5
„… promises a lot for the future of VIRTUAL SYMMETRY, these musicians are extremely talented and good at that they do. The music is incredibly cinematic as well, I like that they tried to add so many influences and turned that into their own sound.“
(Lyrical Spell)

„… high-quality Progressive Metal that does not sound old-fashioned, trendy or cheesy. Complex, independent, sophisticated …“
(Crossfire Metal)

„… it shows depth, merging the technical complexity of Fates Warning, the surreal atmosphere of Dream Theater, the emotion of Evanescence, the mystery of Queensrÿche and the theatrical cleverness of Rush.“
(Dave Wolff – Autoeroticasphyxium Zine)

„… features a perfect blend between aggression and kindness, heavyness and melody, so a everything Metal is all about. And there goes ‚X-Gate‘, sometimes more prog than heavy, sometimes more heavy than prog, but always daring and satisfying.“
(Metal Addicts)

„Leaning in technology, science-fiction, and philosophy for the words, the music takes the Dream Theater/Fates Warning template and adds in pop, electronic, and fusion aspects to make for an engaging journey overall.“
(Dead Rhetoric)

HECATE ENTHRONED – The return of darkest knowledge

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The return of darkest knowledge

HECATE ENTHRONED, the UK’s longest serving and most respected BLACK METAL band have recently left the studio with another landmark recording!

One more full-length output will further cement their noble reputation for producing high quality releases.

This completely sworn collection of massively thrilling songs harks back to their grand, epic orchestral roots whilst keeping the heavy guitar sound and signature dual harmonies, blistering drums and inhuman vocals makes this album a stand out amongst classics.

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Producer Dan Abela has given it a slick and aggressive production that captures the ever changing moods of each track.

Added to this mix are the unique and haunting vocals of Sarah Jezebel Deva ( CRADLE OF FILTH, THERION, ANGTORIA ) who has recorded some of her most innovative and powerful vocals to date!

The upcoming masterpiece of HECATE ENTHRONED delivers a collection of outstanding tracks from a well seasoned professional band at the height of their multiple powers.


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ALTAIR – Highest demands

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Highest demands

When the Italians published their exquisite debut album „Lost Eden“ in October 2013, the POWER METAL world listened abruptly.

Finally, ALTAIR, founded in 2008, debuted with all-around high-quality material, which bundles all the virtues of the genre. An abundance of enthusiastic reviews was the deserved result.

But otherwise, the heavily ambitious authors were able to score on a wide range, which resulted in a large number of followers and enthusiasts who loyally respect the guys.

For the second album „Descending: A Devilish Comedy“, the sextet from Ferrara succeeded in optimizing the exciting, pretty progressive overall sound.

The new compositions shoot themselves liquid-virtuosic as also metallic-cheering in varied wise into the ears.

And there is no lack of punctual pressure, high-rising epic, or skillfully elaborated melody. For the latter, all sorts of inspirations from the Classical world were given free access to the radiant sound cosmos of ALTAIR.

Keyboarder Enrico Ditta, an experienced actor at the electric organ, makes the nimble fingers dance as fast on the keys as if he stands under high voltage. His not infrequently solemnly, theatrical performance is integrated with the perfection of a Swiss clockwork into every nuance of the tracks.

Noble guitar duels, gloriously harmonious leads and ecstatic drumming make the wonderfully organic sounding disc a real jewel in the field of tastefully and aesthetically oriented Power Metal.

The fact that the new, great animating discus has definitely the content for a classic, is proved song by song. Example compliant? The inevitably overwhelming number „Flame Of Knowledge“ testifies to the outstanding flair of the formation for the highest, timeless class.

Even vocalist Simone Mala can do anything. He covers on „Descending: A Devilish Comedy“ the whole range of possibilities with his far outstanding, multi-mutable voice.

Master Mala, always animated by frenetic fervor to the marrow, completes every single song to a real, delightful experience. From massive-voluminous over full-bodied expression, to siren-like passages, the man can just sing as few!

With their compositional and instrumental mastery performances and the high level of playing culture, ALTAIR raise more than subtle reminiscences on the early works of the famous Brazilians of Angra or the countrymen Rhapsody. A powerful fact, which should provide positive inner unrest among connoisseurs and gourmets of the metier.
(Markus Eck)

The official release date for „Descending: A Devilish Comedy“ is June, 30th 2017.



INFINITAS – Komplexer Individualismus

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Komplexer Individualismus

Diese fünf Schweizer Metal-Individualisten entstammen dem malerischen Muotathal. 2009 gründeten die Initiatoren dort ihre außergewöhnliche Band INFINITAS.

Ersten Konzerten folgten weitere neue Songs. 2015 debütierten die Beteiligten mit der 3-Track EP „Self-Destruction“.

Relativ rasch entstand dann nachfolgend der gewollt eigenwillige und stilistisch offene, aber sehr organische Stil: Melodisch eingängig aufgeladener FOLK HEAVY METAL mit funktionell geführten Thrash Metal-Attacken.

Mit dem lebendigen Debütalbum, dem Konzeptwerk „Civitas Interitus“ zeigt sich die mutig aus der Reihe tanzende Formation nun auf hörbar reiferer und stabilerer Ebene.

Und die völlig unvorhersehbare Mixtur des Quintetts steckt nicht nur voller agiler Überraschungsmomente, sondern INFINITAS lassen das Ganze auch wie aus einem Guss erscheinen.

Dass dabei diverse Erinnerungen an die britischen Folk Metal-Vorreiter Skyclad geweckt werden, dient vorab beschreibend sicherlich als brauchbarer Genre-Wegweiser.

Offiziell erschienen ist „Civitas Interitus“ am 5. Mai 2017.

Die markante, prägnante und außerordentlich kraftvoll eingesetzte Stimme von Frontfrau Andrea besingt die Kompositionen darauf mit aller Hingabe, und dabei zeigt sie sich mit ihrem gefestigten Vokalrepertoire stellenweise auch äußerst wandelbar und facettenreich.

Das komplex arrangierte, durchdacht inszenierte Zusammenspiel von Gitarre, Violine, Bass und Schlagzeug kooperiert auf ausgeklügelte Weise.

Mittels gleichwertig präsenten Streicherklängen verleihen die Eidgenossen ihren Liedern ebenso reizvolles wie fein verzierendes Folklore-Kolorit. Laura bringt mit ihrer E-Blockflöte zusätzliche, verspielt-träumerische Nuancen ein.

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