Some of my favourite pagan black metal albums released last year are Gromoverzh, Theudho, Rites Of Tara, Slavland, Wojnar, Diabolical Fullmoon. Let’s continue those standards and start 2024 with two anticipated full lengths in the genre. Two albums that can both be described as pagan black metal though they do not sound alike at all.
Drunemeton – “Tir Nan Og“. Highly recommended to fans of Graveland, Bathory and Ancestors Blood. OUT NOW!
Drevorod – “Anthems of Soil and Stars“. Highly recommended to fans of Drudkh, Temnozor and Nokturnal Mortum. OUT NOW!
Saturday 14 oktober 2023 – Baroeg, Rotterdam (NL)
The final edition in the cult temple Baroeg as it has stood for over 40 years. As most of you know, the old venue will be replaced by a new, slightly bigger one. In the 90s, bands like Blasphemy, Rotting Christ, Emperor, Satyricon and Mayhem already played in the venue, which has become an icon for alternative music.Jjoin us for one last Veneration in the old building. And after that, it’s on towards the next 40 years.
ANCIENT (performing Svartalvheim & Trolltaar for the last time)
RITUALS OF THE DEAD HAND
Tickets 23,50 euro:
HULDREFOLK – Morbide elite (2LP)
Second and final Huldrefolk album, out now on vinyl 2LP. Over an hour of pesten trollish black metal.
WROK – De dood roept (LP)
Vinyl edition of the new album. Wrok is back to disturb you with a second album of total uncomfortable and extreme black metal.
DUUSTER & KRANGE – ‘t Begunt (MC)
Debut demo released on super limited cassette. Expect four tracks of Heksenpiano Dansmuziek: obscure music that maybe sounds like mix of dungeon / keller synth and synthwave with black metal vocals.
THUEHENTI – Star of hatred (MC)
Primitive black metal in the vein of Ildjarn. Second demo with harsher sound than the first one.
The first three Sternklang tapes out now on vinyl. Primitive and monotonous isolationist black metal. Oppressive atmosphere through exceptional riffs and unique songwriting. Remixed specifically for vinyl from the originals recordings. High quality, heavy vinyl pressing. No CD versions ever, no digital.
LUGUBRE / MISANTHROPY – United in mankind’s annihilation (split LP)
Anti-human black metal. The devastating hammer of Satan stikes against unworthy existences. Limited to 200 copies. From an unapologetic and crude time, before Myspace/Instagram/Youtube even existed.
BURNING WINDS / KERBEROS – Apotheosis of war / Where darkness reigns (split LP)
Anti-human krieg black metal. Two splits on one LP. Death’s prophet commands genocidal impalement. From an unapologetic and crude time, before Myspace/Instagram/Youtube even existed. Limited to 200 copies.
BOTTENBERG – De laatste onrustplaats (LP)
Debut album of morbid black metal. A piece of classick Dutch black metal in praise of diseases, blasphemy and medieval misery. Vinyl only. Comes with hand numbered inlay with lyrics, etc. Option to include Iserne #1 magazine, including the first and only Bottenberg interview.
PEST – “Ära” and “Tenebris obortis” shaped patches
Official Pest shaped patches.
Majestic and medieval! Keyboard driven raw spellbinding black metal. This third chapter of magician Wyvern takes the listener through a phantastic and mysterious land full of witchcraft and flames on a hunt for tyrants and dragons. Should appeal to those into old Mjölnir, Grausamkeit/Corneus. Comes in a special hand numbered and assembled edition of 250 relics.
ANCESTORS BLOOD / HEIMDALLS WACHT – split (LP/CD)
Final release for Ancestors Blood. Essential pagan black metal bands alliance. Let the flames of our ancestors burn forever in our hearts in defiance against the modern world!
FOREFATHER – Steadfast (CD)
Classic of Anglo-Saxon metal. Third pressing on CD. Forefather created their all comprehending pinnacle of unique Anglo-Saxon metal with “Steadfast”.
Wrok – Sessie 11-2022 (MC)
Recorded live in the rehearsal room on six tracks. Ten tracks, almost of 45 minutes of total agony and misery. Good sound – not for posers. Includes tracks from both albums as well as the 1996 demo. All covers are generously splattered with pigs blood. Performed in total possession by the threepiece Asbestus – Mictian – Herjann.
Burning Winds – Black Satanic Mass Demo 2022 (MC)
Nothing but total hate and bestial barbarism. New demo. Burning Winds is NecroDan. Hail the resurgence of primitive anti-human black metal.
Cirith Gorgor – “Cirith Gorgor” LP
2007 album for the first time ever released on vinyl. Great sounding luxurious vinyl edition, which does this album justice on all levels. Comes on red/black marble heavy vinyl, with gatefold sleeve and big booklet. This self-titled album is the band’s fourth full-length and show a perfect balance of full-on aggression and melodies through wellwritten song structures. Founding member Levithmong is at the top of his game behind the drums. The aggression and riffing brilliance from the first two albums “Onwards” and “Unveiling” are easily matched, but this time also executed with superior precision, making this arguably the strongest album in Cirith Gorgor’s discography.
Kjeld – “Ôfstân” 2LP
The 2021 bestselling album is now available on vinyl again. This time on gold coloured vinyl, again pressed in Frisia – keeping this album fully written, recorded and pressed in the band’s own region. Kjeld plays fast paced black metal without forsaking melody and dynamics. This album is crafted with impressive songwriting and a monolithic sound, with total attention for pure genius melodies, fueled with the most ferocious and aggressive drumming The Netherlands has to offer. This album is pure creative mastery, with their trademark sound and riffs combined to create their own unique sound. As always, the songs are soaked in the rich and ancient Frisian history, and solely chanted in Frisian, a minority Germanic language most closely related to English.
Two new Theudho titles out now. Essential pagan black metal for everyone into Ancient Rites, Forefather, Bathory.
- “Voorbij de Nevelen des Tijds” – brand new 2022 album on CD and MC
- “Cult of Wuotan” – remix/remaster 2022 on digipack CD lim. 200
Now up in the webshop. Available in Australia at Aurora Australis; in the US at Archaic Vengeance Records.