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FREAKINGS • Thrash Metal
NORTHERN LINES • Instrumental Progressive Fusion Rock
SANDNESS • Hard Rock
ROXIN' PALACE • Sleaze Hard Rock
MYRKGRAV • Folk Metal
WOLVES DEN • Black Metal
HULDRE • Nordic Folk Metal
OVERTURES • Melodic Heavy Metal
SVOID • Black Metal




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Fantastic stirring extremes

Dutch EPIC EXTREME METAL band SLECHTVALK started out as a one-man project in 1999 by founder Shamgar. The debut album 'Falconry' was released in 2000 by FEAR DARK and received excellent reviews for its raw and symphonic Black Metal.

A full band was formed (including Jesse Vuerbaert [ex-HEIDEVOLK] as Ohtar) and as such SLECHTVALK recorded and released its 2nd album 'The War That Plagues The Lands' and a Split-CD with the Indonesian Avantgarde Metal act KEKAL in the year 2002.

In 2003 SLECHTVALK began performing live, wearing medieval costumes and armour. Due to its unique live-appearance, the band recorded a live-show in 2004, which was released together with the 3rd album 'At The Dawn Of War' in 2005.

Between 2006 and 2008 the band underwent some line-up changes, although the group still did some small tours with bands such as MÅNEGARM, SKYFORGER and SUIDAKRA.

In 2009 SLECHTVALK signed with WHIRLWIND RECORDS celebrating their 10th anniversary with the compilation album 'An Era Of Bloodshed'. The band released their 4th album 'A Forlorn Throne' in 2010, which was produced by Johan Örnborg (Studio Mega) and mixed & mastered by Jens Bogren (Fascination Street). This album featured guest-vocals by Erik Grawsjö (MÅNEGARM) on several tracks and artwork by Raymond Swanland (known for his work on Magic: The Gathering).

Following the slow demise of WHIRLWIND RECORDS shortly after the release of 'A Forlorn Throne', the formation sent out submissions to various labels. Although they received some offers, the band decided it was better to record a new album first, because new work sparks the interests more than older work.

After having launching a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2015, SLECHTVALK recorded their new album 'Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide' with producer Lasse Lammert (known for his work on GLORYHAMMER, ALESTORM, SVARTSOT).
The noble frontcover artwork was again done by Raymond Swanland.

During the years, SLECHTVALK has shared the stage with many renowned bands in the scene such as:
CARACH ANGREN, ELUVEITIE, ENDSTILLE, GLORYHAMMER, HEIDEVOLK, KAMPFAR, MÅNEGARM, SKYFORGER, SUIDAKRA, SWALLOW THE SUN, TYR, VARG, VREID and many more…

MEDIA FEEDBACK for SLECHTVALK "Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide":

10 / 10
"Knowing that no label was interested in this work is complicated to understand, especially with so many bands of undoubtedly inferior quality have greater disclosure, but SLECHTVALK makes up for it by doing what they know best, music of the highest quality … it took, but 'Where Wandering Shadows and Mists Collide' was born destined for success!"
(Metal Na Lata)

10 / 10
(Roadie Metal)

98 / 100
"… almost an hour of pure energy …"
(X Reviews)

9,5 / 10
"… some great guitar work, and the ever present thundering rhythm section that pummels the listener SLECHTVALK have managed to produce an album that grabs you on first listen of the first track and keeps you coming back, finding more to like on not only each successive track but also on each successive listen. Hearing a band deliver complex songs with such raw power, instantly reminds me of why I like Metal."
(The Metal Resource)

9 / 10
"… a varied and interesting album. Especially when one realizes that this album is self-released. The men of SLECHTVALK have, despite the lack of a label managed to keep the quality high, which is worth a compliment."
(Rocklife.nl)

9 / 10
"…amazing album! … a very good return from SLECHTVALK and it shows that they haven’t lost their appetite for new and amazing Black Metal. I hope they will return quickly for some new tunes."
(Dutch Brutal Death Metal)

9 / 10
"… there are classic Black Metal elements… more dominant in the epic, heroic Death Metal … anyway Amon Amarth style … Folk / Viking line as Ensiferum jump in … even though SLECHTVALK more severe, more stringent and somber in tone …"
(Rozsdagyar)

9 / 10
"The quality of the disc is so great, that makes it difficult to choose one or another track as a highlight."
(Arte Metal)

17 / 20
"Really, 'Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide' should be part of your next purchases, otherwise you would obviously miss something."
(Kaosguards)

85 / 100
"… an excellent Metal album."
(Lords Of Metal)

8,5 / 10
(Metal Talks)

84 / 100
"'Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide' is a strong successor 'Of A Forlorn Throne'. Familiar and yet different, because of the clear production and innovative elements. SLECHTVALK … keeps the board interesting until the end for lovers of the above names and Dissection, Borknagar, Immortal and Emperor. Record companies, save your work and enter into contact with these men who have taken the time to make a good album on the market. This Dutch band deserves more attention."
(Metalfan.nl)

82 / 100
"… symphonic / melodic black Metal with … atmosphere and fantasy … black Immortal guitar sounds, plus pagan black for the epic and heroic (Bathory-)passages … quite heavy and powerful sound … SLECHTVALK makes me more than ever think of Sear Bliss on this album, especially with the 'Glory And Perdition' album … fine disk, again at a consistently high level, without weak spots. Voilà."
(Zware Metalen)

8 / 10
"Also on production-level, the new album surpasses its predecessor (s) - notable for a self-financed record set. Actually 'Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide' sounds exactly like this kind of music should sound; raw, giving the release automatically a vicious and 'extreme' edge … with 'Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide' namely SLECHTVALK delivers right at the end of 2016 still a damn fine album."
(Ragherrie)

8 / 10
"… masterpiece … epic, dark and exciting and probably as close to Bathory masters … production is perfect, full-bodied and devastating sound, songwriting above average … in two words: must have."
(In Your Eyes)

8 / 10
… an interesting and entertaining album. The quality is very good …
(Dutch Distortion)

75 / 100
(Rock Overdose.gr)

7 / 10
"'Where Wondering Shadows And Mists Collide" features a couple of devastatingly heavy songs, and it also demonstrates technical mastery. Just take ‘The Shrouded Grief’ as an example. The record is in no way monotonous, the tracks vary in pace, structure and influences, ‘March To Ruin’ has an explicit viking feel and opener ‘We Are’ is catchy in a blistering sense."
(Metal Exposure)

7 / 10
(Dark Festivals)

7 / 10
"… a great listen for fans of Folk Metal, Black Metal and Viking Metal …"
(Dutch Metal Maniac)

"For those who are lovers of the genre, they are sure to be delighted with this album, but even for those who are not fans of the Death style, I advise them to listen to this album in its entirety. When SLECHTVALK play they will realize why. A breath of fresh air in the Death genre and an excellent album to take into account!"
(Loudness Magazine)

"‚Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide‘, however, a Black Metal album that touches not only lyrically deep, but mostly instrumental and vocal pierces your heart, and knows how to set the soul on fire. Indeed, just like a typical Black Metal album should be. Ever occurred, but rarely do we have records from that, which stick to the ribs like spiders on a web, as ‚Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide‘ certainly is the case."
(Snooze Control)

"Expect an earful of Viking Metal to the likes of Amon Amarth blended with relentless Black Metal elements, yet again slightly transforming Slechtvalk’s traditional sound. A sense of melancholy flows across somber plains with the sounds of down tempo interludes. Pagan Metal, the heart of Folk Metal, and dashes of Death Metal become the call to arms for the epic “Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide”."
(Metal Helm)

"The beauty of 'Wandering Shadows' is that it can combine the classic Metal sound with a more contemporary, heavier style … the transformation of sludgy, blackened Metal to more traditional Heavy Metal, and back again is so seamless that you wouldn’t even notice it unless you listened out for it. Truly something special, 'Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide' should be your first favourite album of 2017, and if all of this wasn’t enough to convince you, the cover art is by Raymond Swanland, acclaimed Magic: The Gathering artis …"
(Moshville.co.uk)

"… very well executed … worth a listen."
(Autoeroticasphyxium)

"'Where Wandering Shadows And Mists Collide' presents one thing I love in Metal music: open and honest yellings and screamings. It’s such an art to place them well and correctly, but SLECHTVALK really knows how. And the vocals are not really gutural, but angry. Let’s say angrier than Mustaine’s, if it’s possible…"
(Metal Addicts)

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Soundtrack for the Apocalypse

Pure passion! Three very playful blokes who sacrifice everything for their cause of boiling heart blood, which the pump only gives.

Axeman, speedfreak and shouter Jonathan Brutschin, bass player Toby Straumann and drummer Simon Straumann are FREAKINGS and whip the eardrums with ecstatic, wild, damn precise THRASH METAL!

‚Old School to the bone!‘ is the motto of master Brutschin and the capable Straumann brothers. The fact that the Swiss 2017 compete again in the original line-up, speaks absolutely for the authenticity of the resistant Swiss trio.

Delicately degenerated and animal-mangy screaming awards the new album "Toxic End“, while jagged gangshouts according to the best proven UK-style are simply not to be missed. Official release date for "Toxic End“ is March 6, 2017.

A cultivated pleasure for connoisseurs is surely also the flashy, toxic, sharp and technically delicate scrubbing guitar work, which neither lacks pressure nor bite. The fact that memories on the Californian grandmasters Slayer are rising at their fastest and most furious times is probably due to the upright subconsciousness of the three Helvetian ragers.

An equally upright as well as sympathetic career without blemish lies behind the hard-tried aggressors, which are located in Basel:
Founded in 2008 with beer-impregnated determination, FREAKINGS, after rehearsed hard, tried out and found their own style three years later, the first full-length "No Way Out" has been blown out. It quickly became clear, with this command, one must also reckon in the future.

In 2014, the follow-up “Gladiator" was even more vigorous. The album represented a troop that had devoted effortlessly to its abilities and skills, which was rewarded with increased attention and recognition in the scene.

Now, FREAKINGS are finally offering with "Toxic End“ the perfect accompanying music to the end of the world, which the stupid humanity does not seem to be able to wait any longer ...
(Markus Eck)

MEDIA FEEDBACK for FREAKINGS "Toxic End":

"In all seriousness, these guys are the real deal … you’ll be hard-pressed to find as talented modern Thrashers as FreaKings, they’re solid on all fronts. Hopefully they get the attention they deserve."
(Rock And A Hard Place)

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Magic Moments

NORTHERN LINES come together as a band at the end of 2012, starting their activity in 2013. The multiple outstanding Italian formation performs a special as interesting, refreshing and listenable kind of INSTRUMENTAL PROGRESSIVE FUSION ROCK.

The band consists of Cristiano Schirò on drums, Alberto Lo Bascio on guitar and Stefano Silvestri on Bass. The three sophisticated musicians decide to give life to the project because of their necessity to have a free musical space. Free from trending patterns of modern times but with roots solidly anchored in the 70s, real cultural heaven from which the three of them feel at home.

Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, but also The Aristocrats and Rush, this is their field of study and listening. To this initial piece of the puzzle, they add a sense of humor and self-irony, playing around inside of their music, alternating revisited classic patterns (maybe in odd time signatures), with changes of tempo and style.

All of this is delivered through a sincere Hard Rock approach, without the need of too much sonic-artifacts. It's not the kind of Prog music to be connected with the concept of Suite, but rather that of synthesis.

Guitarist Alberto Lo Bascio and drummer Cristiano Schirò came to know each other, and shortly after started collaborating, in 2008, recording three singles together.

The musical collaboration between bassist Stefano Silvestri and drummer Cristiano begun in 2010, when they started playing together in a classic rock project, recording an EP.

In May/June of 2016, NORTHERN LINES begun recording their second studio album at Music-Up Recording Studio, in Rome. It's a different approach from their first work "Farts from SETI Code", rich of comical randomness and imbued with a "playfully" mood.

Their second longplay-release finds its identity in the form of a concept album. Death is the leading theme, a death seen through the eyes of fear, a paralyzing emotion, but of surprising effect nonetheless.

"The Fearmonger" (date of release: January 15th, 2017) sees the addition of piano, synth and hammond sections, which make up the pivotal points of the creative variation from NORTHERN LINES.

MEDIA FEEDBACK for NORTHERN LINES "The Fearmonger":

8 / 10
"… we love instrumental music … despite the many stylistic passages, this is an album that is very well to hear …"
(World Of Metal Radio)

8 / 10
"… songs ranging from Classic Rock to inspired themes full of variations and influences of Blues, Funk and a Pop subtlety … the band manages to create atmospheric atmospheres in each track, bringing a very dynamic musical … the trio can express a lot of identity through their music, but between one passage and another we can see something from Pink Floyd, Rush and even Led Zeppelin."
(Metal Na Lata)

7,8 / 10
"Of course the musicians know their stuff, the work has produced very good and the music slips between moments of gritty Hard Rock, progressive escapes, moments of liquid fusion music and references to famous reasons that are placed in the head just for that moment do not go anymore. Good and original, NORTHERN LINES have a perfectly balanced sound between impetuousness and elegance and what draws the listener is a magnificent musical kaleidoscope: 'The Fearmonger' is a nice album, also recommended for those who do not like the instrumental works too much."
(In Your Eyes)

"… manage to catch us unawares with something that we were not really expecting anything. Creating different cadences and rhythms, engaging and well built to convey what the band wants … the album is fairly well recorded, but you will have to listen to it a few times to enjoy the band's potential in its entirety. A good surprise!"
(Loudness Magazine)

"In itself, the composition of a purely instrumental album is not easy, but NORTHERN LINES bring us with ‚The Fearmonger‘ a pearl of a plate to the front. That should not inferior to the classics in that particular genre. That in itself is, in a world where everything has already occurred once, an impressive performance. Especially because they at each song may surprise us again, and do look eagerly to the next masterpiece inside. This Italian band seem an act that may safely and can compete with the big names in the guitar music at sight."
(Snooze Control)

"The fine thing is that it's surely Progressive Rock/Metal but that it's listenable on such a direct and easy basis. I think that's what not many band's have to offer and make this band worth checking out."
(Metal Underdogs)

"The band’s trademark are the constant swings in terms of pace and rhythm creating complex musical structures that may not please the ones that prefer a more simple and direct sound but will certainly delight the ones that enjoy pure technique and general melomaniacs."
(Metal Em Portugal)

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Strong 80s roots keep also high material stable

SANDNESS is the striking result of a project which started out in 2008, when two teenage friends, Mark Denkley and Metyou ToMeatyou (bass and drums respectively) decided to form a HARD ROCK band, in order to bring the ‘80s back to life with original tracks.

The band’s line-up went through some changes across the years, and the only one who seemed to have the same ambitions of the founding members was Robby Luckets, who joined the band in 2009 and is now SANDNESS' lead and rhythmic guitar player.

During the last few years the band has achieved a good success both in Italy and abroad, and they had the chance to play as support band for renowned musicians such as Adam Bomb (2010), L.A. Guns (2011) and Tygers Of Pan Tang in 2015.

SANDNESS released their first demo "Return To Decadence" in 2010, but it’s with the second one, "Life Without Control" (2011), that they started their rise to success all over the world thanks to the digital media.

In 2011 SANDNESS went on a short tour in the Latvian capital Riga and in 2012 the rockin' boys played the renowned "Glam Fest" in Marseilles, France.

In the past few years they also went on several European tours (2013, 2014 and 2015) and gained fans from all over the Continent. Their first official album "Like An Addiction", was released worldwide on 5th April 2013 by Sleaszy Rider Records, with which their record contract has been renewed in 2016.

SANDNESS' second album is entitled "Higher & Higher" (date of release: 16th December 2016).

The hopeful three-piece will promote its new tracks on new European dates which will be announced very soon.

MEDIA FEEDBACK for SANDNESS "Higher & Higher":

8 / 10
"For sure, SANDNESS with this second album, "Higher And Higher"can blink their eye to the future with optimism. It's a strong album with some really killer tunes in it but, most of all, it's a record that is made with heart and soul."
(Heavy Paradise)

7,5 / 10
"'Higher & Higher' is a successful work, feeding on Metal and Hard Rock, it will certainly satisfy a large chunk of the sound enthusiasts, now called 'old school'."
(In Your Eyes)

70 / 100
"'Higher & Higher' … shows that SANDNESS can play and are widely present in the nowadays Glam- & Street Rock scene ..."
(Hardsounds.it)

7 / 10
"The spectrum of Faster Pussycat, L.A. Guns and Warrant takes possession of the band's music … presenting a ramshackle and stray music but very credible in his dirty running and less clear, although less drawn to the rhythmic level."
(Metal Italia)

7 / 10
(Monkey Castle)

"SANDNESS promising impression with 'Higher & Higher' and bring a plate for the Hard Rock and Glam to know how to put a positive way in the paint … these guys giving an injection to the Glam and Melodic Hard Rock, which can certainly use this music."
(Snooze Control)

"I know plenty of people these days want material that gets them off their feet and forgetting about the daily struggles that they face. SANDNESS delivers in that regard - so if you live for the late 80's Glam Metal scene with a tip of the cap to the current Scandinavian brigade, "Higher & Higher" achieves the desired result."
(Eternal Terror)

"The great merit of “Higher & Higher” is that it sure is a modern Hard Rock piece, but it doesn’t make us cry out for the good old times. Hard Rock is alive and well. It is fresh, sounds fresh and delightful. Straight ahead riffs, catchy choruses, pulsing beats … bands like Sandness are extremely important to Rock/Metal. They bring to the new generations the sounds of the past, they keep and share traditions, they bring old bands to life. Come on guys, a little boogie won’t kill anyone! It’s “Sunny Again”!"
(Metal Addicts)

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High time for a direct confrontation course with real life!

Born under the monicker Modern Middle Ages these casual bunch of SLEAZE HARD ROCK enthusiasts eventually became ROXIN' PALACE and was founded in 2011 by Crown, guitar player in the bands Revoltons and Hell, ex drummer of Elvenking.

For rhythm guitar duties Crown recruited his friend Slaver. Later they completed their blowing rhythm section with bass maniac Garret, who had many years of experience mainly in Hard Rock cover bands, and the young talented singer Axel, completing the line up in March 2012.

ROXIN' PALACE began recording the debut right away at the Artesonika Studios, putting together 10 tracks.

Later the group started its live activity sharing stages with acts such as Phantom X (USA), Salamandra (Czech Rep) and Jettblack (UK). The album was mixed by Swedish producer Staffan Karlsson, and has been released on June 7th, 2013 by the Germany company SAOL Music.

To promote the debut release, ROXIN' PALACE has been busy again, on an intense live activity, culminate with new shows in Czech Republic and the presence at prestigious festival Metal Days (Slovenia) together with acts such Obituary, Satyricon, Manilla Road.

During the fall of 2014, ROXIN' PALACE faced an important change replacing singer Axel, guitarist Slaver and bass player Garret with new members: Al (vocals) and Gian (bass).

The new line-up wrote songs for a second album and the new release "Freaks Of Society" has been released in October 2016 via established record company Sleaszy Rider Records.

"Freaks Of Society" is full of pure life and brings back easily lots of the great positive feeling out of the 80s, when popular acts like Mötley Crüe, Guns 'N Roses, Skid Row, Dangerous Toys, L.A. Guns, Bullet Boys, Roxx Gang, Ratt, Faster Pussycat, Vain, Bang Tango, Shotgun Messiah were a real big thing! Let’s get back to the thrilling rockin’ spirit of these colorful times with ROXIN' PALACE!

MEDIA FEEDBACK for ROXIN' PALACE "Freaks Of Society":

9 / 10
"… a rather interesting Italian band. They regenerate past influences and old favourites with a modern sound and greater energy … “Freaks Of Society” is an album for sleazy and street rockers and it should not be missing from any personal record collection."
(My Global Mind)

87 / 100
"53 minutes may seem rather long-lived when you listen to a disc with little content, but when it comes to variety and cool ideas the time goes away as water goes out of hand."
(X Reviews)

8,5 / 10
"ROXIN' PALACE already were a great example of Hard Rock made in Italy, but with "Freaks Of Society" the band make a leap forward and prove to the public that not only embrace the perfection that setting 80s Sleaze, but also being now at a level of music managing to pack something that seems to come out in the golden age, while injecting a modern personality overdose certainly identification."
(Metalhead.it)

8 / 10
(In Your Eyes)

8 / 10
(Rockcastle Franken)

79 / 100
(Metalwave.it)

70 / 100
"If you're a Die-hard Rocker, 'Freaks Of Society' is the disc for you, it does not disappoint."
(Truemetal.it)

3 / 5
(Metalforce.it)

"Lovers of Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Extreme, Crazy Lixx, Nasty Nuns, Rebel Star and Wildheart will embrace also ROXIN' PALACE … the sleaze scene is richer of a top band."
(Rockportaal.nl)

"… just DYNAMITE! Thanks to influences that run the gamut from The Beatles to Megadeth(!), Italy's ROXIN' PALACE is able to offer a lot more bang for your hard earned buck … when you stack this up-and-coming quartet next to your average, everyday Sleaze Rock/Hair Metal/Glam Metal revival band you'll quickly notice just how much these other influences help out when it comes to an album's overall listening experience … sure enough, because of the way in which "Freaks Of Society" was written, performed, and produced it does have the same lively feel of vintage band's like Guns N' Roses, Skid Row, Dangerous Toys, Ratt, Kik Tracee, Faster Pussycat, and Shotgun Messiah … there's nothing wrong with that picture. Not at all … actually, that's a big part of why this album is as fun as it is! For those who loved the mid-eighties to early-nineties Hard Rock and/or Hair Metal/Glam Metal scene this disc should be a real hit!"
(Heavy Metal Time Machine)

"If you around bands like The Road Vikings, Axe Crazy, Snakewine, Vayl, Bon Jovi, J.D Overdrive; you have to give your time to ROXIN' PALACE if you want to circle yourself with only best albums."
(Monarch Magazine)

"This record of ROXIN' PALACE is one of the greatest purism that can exist. In such a way that there is no other word to classify the album, other than "Rock"! Everything works around a typical lineage of Classic Hard Rock, which we have heard so often emulated these days. However, there are not many bands that sound so natural in these fields, where the guitar reigns. ROXIN' PALACE are able to gather as many elements as there may be in the glorious wreckage of the real sound of leather coats, harley's and long hair … suitable for guitar aficionados of the 80s, a powerful work with true musics that live beyond the copy of a musical style or specific band."
(Loudness Magazine)

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Nordic Melancholy

The MYRKGRAV album "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen" (translation: Thank you and farewell; times have changed) is difficult to give an unbiased description of. In essence, it is a follow-up to the 2006 debut album "Trollskau, Skrømt Og Kølabrenning", but needless to say a lot can happen in ten years.

Still, "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen" represents a natural progression from what the debut album showcased: proper FOLK METAL with roots in the blacker side of the extreme Metal genres. "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen" has been launched on all streaming services October 26th.

Online FDR download with full resolution cover art from Bandcamp as well as physical format CD and limited edition CD in collaboration with Pest Productions and METALMESSAGE • Global PR is also scheduled, but release dates are TBA.

The goal of MYRKGRAV has always been to create a natural fusion between Scandinavian Folk music and extreme Metal. Whilst perhaps being an overly ambitious goal, "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen" further strengthens the Folk music elements of MYRKGRAV, without negating its extreme Metal roots.

One of the most important elements towards achieving a proper Folk and Metal blend was to incorporate traditional instruments into the songwriting process and giving them key roles in the compositions – rather than just to use them as a gimmick, which many so-called Folk Metal bands unfortunately suffer from.

Professional Hardanger fiddle artist Olav Luksengård Mjelva was hired to not only record Hardanger fiddle parts for "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen", but also to aid in the production and arrangement stage of incorporating the instrument. The Hardanger fiddle is Norway’s national instrument, and adds another layer of the beautifully haunting Nordic Melancholy to MYRKGRAV's latest compositions.

As the title of the album reveals, "Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen" is also MYRKGRAV's farewell record and disbanding statement all in one. Times change and the man changes with them. With a decade separating the first and second full-length with only crumbs having been shared in-between, naturally aspects have changed both for fans and band alike during the excruciatingly long radio silence. Because of this, the new album encompasses everything that MYRKGRAV's has ever had to offer – or at least an attempt has been made, if we are making bold statements. As such, it was a natural choice to include re-arranged and re-recorded versions of a couple of old classic songs from the "Trollskau, Skrømt Og Kølabrenning" album, as homage to what most would probably call OG MYRKGRAV.

Like always, Lars Jensen presents to the world with MYRKGRAV, through the voice of music, local history and Folklore from Ringerike, Krokskogen, Nordmarka, Lommedalen and the other nearby areas surrounding where he grew up.

Back in 2006 Lars was but a 19 year-old folklore enthusiast – but is now at 29 a student of folklore and ethnology at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. Having access to a wide array of Folklore and folkloristic learnings has also strengthened MYRKGRAV's core value of exploring a culture unknown to most.

While not exactly time travel, MYRKGRAV aims to function as a looking glass into times past, its cultural oddities, values and stories. And while we are talking about stories, every single lyric for every song on the album will be illustrated with hand drawn illustrations in the style of famous Norwegian author, illustrator, painter and comic creater Kjell Aukrust.

MYRKGRAV is all about the full package. Not only is new music used to tell stories of times past, but the stories also deserve to come to life through visual representation. Hopefully these forgotten tales will come to life in the minds of the many, from all around the world, and take their place in history once more.

MEDIA FEEDBACK for MYRKGRAV "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)

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."
(Folk-metal.nl)

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)

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)

4 / 5 - great
"… MYRKGRAV transportiert eine gelungene Stimmung und zieht gerade dadurch alle Fans des Folk Metal in seinen Bann."
(Deep Ground)

85 / 100
"The songs are strong and at times just incredibly beautiful."
(Ragherrie)

8,5 / 10
"The songs to be mentioned would be many, but particularly affect the beautiful instrumental, even four, intense, metallic and harmonious landscape soundtracks of Norway to discover and whose 'Spålsnatt' and the beautiful 'Osta Glette' are the shining examples of the talented Jensen … 'Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen' and is thus an exciting album, which deserves the attention of not only fans of the genre, but also of music lovers in general."
(In Your Eyes)

82 / 100
"… a meritorious blackened Folk Metal album with a charming authenticity … think toward Månegarm and Fejd."
(Lords Of Metal)

8 / 10
"Guests, which are a few on this release, did a great job and so the final 'product' is at the highest level."
(Headbang)

8 / 10
"… great sounding album from MYRKGRAV … if you are a fan of Black, Folk and Viking Metal, you should check out this recording."
(A Different Shade Of Black Metal)

8 / 10
"MYRKGRAV's success ten years ago, in addition to Jensen's excellent musical flair, was mainly due to the fresh and symbiotic mixture of Folk and Black Metal, which is often tried but rarely achieved in the way, manner and quality of MYRKGRAV … also the farewell of the band undoubtedly shows these characteristics and is in this respect a really good album …"
(Undergrounded.de)

70 / 100
"As for the technique, we are at a high level, there are no burrs and all instruments are mixed to perfection … thanks to adequate production and a perfect mix … the arrangements are very attractive, with well-studied scores and everything is where it should be … at times the involvement is total … and touching emotional peaks worthy of the most inspired Borknagar ("Om å Bekhette Danse" and "Sjuguttmyra" are a clear example) …"
(Insane Voices Labirynth)

"… old fashioned Norwegian fiddle music crossed with the finest in ogre-roar Metal, and it is glorious … I mean, I love fiddle music and I love ogre-roar, so long as the doom is properly leavened, and in this case the Folk elements shine like bright ribbons on a dark tapestry … it is sweeping, majestic, overwhelming and boneshaking, the way ogre-roar Metal is supposed to be, at its finest when its power feels inexorable, like pull of the tide going out … it is also chair-shimmy music."
(Now This Sound Is Brave)

"There are only a few Folk/Viking Metal bands that can truly combine extreme, fast-paced brutality with just enough folk influences and melody to set it apart from generic Black Metal … ”Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen” not only accomplishes this feat, but also has a great variety … not a detail has been overlooked, from the traditional percussion to the beautiful Nordic lyrics, and the amazingly authentic sounding folk elements … exceptional, moving fiddle playing, well varied and tactful drumming, and just magnificent riffs … the vocals are intense, or profound depending on the mood.The album has many sides. Somber, malicious, cheerful, or bittersweet … be it Black Metal tinged with gorgeous melodies, or 100 % authentic sounding Folk movements, it’s all powerful, gripping music … from the second the intro ends, into the pummeling first riff which you won’t be able to stop yourself from headbanging to, all the way to the melancholy, bittersweet closer Eld … this album is attention grabbing, and reeks heavily of everything Viking, Pagan and Folk … it reeks heavily of everything done right."
(Absit Omen)

"Pure class - from beginning to the bitter end!"
(Snooze Control)

"And Lars 'Leiðólfr' Jensen … is effective wonderfully successful testified this album … but his love for Black Metal coming here well covered … so there a huge variation occurs between the songs … all this is occasionally supported by choirs which some tracks give something epic … fans of both Black Metal and Folk Metal, and by extension Viking Metal, should definitely seek out this gem … and quite possibly a huge sale of this album can ensure that this is not the last we hear of MYRKGRAV … this is really top of its genre, so it is a mystery to me why this is not picked up by any major label!"
(Musika.be)

"MYRKGRAV doesn’t present only music … it presents emotions, tradition and culture … everything about this one-man Folk Metal is unique and in perfect musical balance … Music for the ears and soul."
(Demon Reports)

"The entire album is a spin more than worth … there is no time the listener will get bored in this swirling mix of Folk and Metal."
(Rockportaal)

"'Takk Og Farvel; Tida Er Blitt Ei Annen' promises a powerful listening experience … thanks to a tasteful blend of fragrant harmonies, the inclusion of the Hardanger fiddle and only the bitterest of Black Metal sounds … i can be cherished for delivering a few flashbacks, like "Finnkjerringa," "Sjuguttmyra," and 2014's "Vonde Auer"; yet, beautifully crafted newcomer "Skjøn Jomfru" is sure to impress."
(Metal Mellowdee)

"It makes a good overall impression of what the work has to offer … one feels something connected with the culture in the north … a very interesting album, which is very good to hear at a horn full of Mead …"
(Kalle Rock)

"… a monumental effort that was released just in time to enter the hall of 2016’s finest moments in extreme music."
(Dave Wolff - Autoeroticasphyxium Zine)

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Never serve!

2013, the heavy BLACK METAL monument WOLVES DEN was lifted from the spiritual depths of the involved musicians and placed in ice-cold darkness. A musical specifically unholy and artistic enormously stable solid existence was the result.

As chief creative minds behind WOLVES DEN act singer and bassist Helge Stang and guitarist Mexx Steiner. Vocal cord torturer Helge with his insanely fascinating voice caused already enthusiastic reactions in Equilibrium for some years and on two albums, as well as in Arafel and some other bands.

With the wolfish wild, Bavarian Black Metallers, Helge reveals a powerful striking development. Over the years his highly charismatic skill has become very extensive and complex, as it's now urgently to hear.

The drums are excellent played by Manuel Di Camillo, also well known out of his days in Equilibrium. The fourth bloke in the horde is live-axeman Stefan Botz, mainly known of Lunar Aurora so far.

Their outstanding profound debut album "Deus Vult" ("God Wants It") has been recorded between March and April 2015 in Munich based Grotesque Studios, resulting in a very good sound experience.

"Deus Vult" contains eight mighty striking and highly intensive hammer songs. Everything devouring gloom, majestic, sublime epic and incredibly vicious aggression are thereby mixed to a dark-blooded and frosty cocktail that found its unflinching way already into many, thirsty throats of the scene.

Eight songs that strangle the mind. All of these compositions are fully thoughtful and consciously celebrated on a superior level in all bliss.

The subtle and sometimes wonderful sacral Synth underpaintings on "Deus Vult" were created by Dominik Morgenroth (Worship) and Equilibrium's René Berthiaume, which often brings on the captivating disc gigantic atmospheres to life.

Currently the roundabout highly promising WOLVES DEN creating songs for the upcoming album successor, truly stunning material is expected!

MEDIA FEEDBACK for WOLVES DEN "Deus Vult":

5 / 5
(Harte Musik.de)

4,5 / 5
"… a massive and great album …"
(GetMetal)

4,5 / 5
(Metal Underground.at)

4,5 / 5 - epic
(DeepGround)

9 / 10
(Metaller.de)

9 / 10
"… the recording quality is of a high standard, it is not the typical tape recorder quality … vocals fit the album well, they are not the classical crispy vocals characteristic to Black Metal, but even then they are still Black Metal in nature … sheer quality …"
(Dutch Metal Maniac)

9 / 10
"WOLVES DEN is a band, with quite unique music, that has a true meta-spirit to it … Black Metal fans will love this album, because it has a raw sound and crushing riffs … also it owns the true power and vibe of Black Metal … worth of listening."
(Demon Reports)

13 / 15
(Legacy)

XL / XXL
(XXL Rock)

85 / 100
"… 'Deus Vult' is a 46-minute joyride of Melodic Blackened Metal that is very satisfying … groups like WOLVES DEN well be the reason why I have twelve years of this review unremunerated work at Lords Of Metal do! The underground scene keeps spitting out great bands and WOLVES DEN is one of them … if you love the first group of Swedish Melodic Death / Black Metal as Unanimated, Necrophobic , Sacramentum, Eucharist or Decameron, something is also included in this band to your liking … crazy."
(Lords Of Metal)

8,5 / 10
(Undergrounded.de)

8,5 / 10
(Metal1.info)

8,5 / 10
"… quite satisfactory Atmospheric / Symphonic Black Metal release."
(Headbang)

8,5 / 10
(Powermetal.de)

8,25 / 10
"We could name bands like Sword, Naglfar, Cradle Of Filth (the good time, which refers to his first albums, obvious) … for lovers of Melodic Black Metal I highly recommend it … listen to it because you might be surprised …"
(Friedhof)

8 / 10
(Rotting Hill)

8 / 10
"WOLVES DEN is furious music, yet is close to the epic narrative quality of disgust on the verge of Pagan Black Metal … absolutely fabulous title track "Deus Vult" … has a chance to become the jewel of Black Metal."
(Hard Music Base)

8 / 10
"“Deus Vult” features some impressive Black Metal riffs and brutal vocals, which manages to catch the listener’s attention from the beginning … the record is brutal but also melodic and catchy; I am sure that the listeners will want to hear the record again and again to hear a certain guitar riff, brutal vocals or the blasting drums! A highlight in the record is the use of choruses/atmospheric elements in songs like “Deus Vult” and “Schwarzes Firmament”; this aspect made the record much more fascinating and even a bit diverse in my opinion … “Deus Vult” marks the great start for the band! If you have a chance to see them live, don’t miss it!"
(Melody Of The Soul)

8 / 10
"… sounds really good, has a good handful of stunning themes and its presentation in digipak format completes a work as dark as it would be."
(Noizz)

7,5 / 10
"'Deus Vult' is a surprising little gem that is just dripping with melodic and atmospheric Black Metal beauty through and through."
(Apochs)

5 / 7
(Earshot)

"Their superiority lies in unbelievable melodic guitars that create amazing harmonies, literally on entire album … they do not waste any moment to get me bored … Keyboards are much more monumental, medieval, used only when needed, not for sake of doing so … WOLVES DEN know how to make their modern sound be on favor of selectivity of the instruments and they made it work very well for them … I am really a sucker for brilliant chorus they have composed in S/T song for example … another fantastic, occult-like element in their music perfectly flashbacks some memories of Dark Ages and its cruelty and that`s all caused by convenience and simplicity of the music … and I start playing 'Deus Vult' over and over again to enjoy Black Metal as its best . I like that a lot."
(Monarch Magazine)

"'Deus Vult' is a balance of atmosphere, melody and extremity that again observes the essence and presence of 90s BM when bands had an unlimited canvas to paint at their own leisure … as with other albums that do the same, it’s akin to stumbling onto a rare, ancient treasure, a huge vault of wonders that hadn’t been unearthed for millennia … blast beats and vocals enter the picture with a storm of acerbity kindred to classic Mayhem and Marduk with underlying keyboards comparable to Emperor."
(Dave Wolff - Autoeroticasphyxium Zine)

"WOLVES DEN's debut „Deus Vult” is a Black Metal triumph … they have strong Black Metal basics, but also incorporate traditional Metal riffs into their compositions … there are even hints of Thrash Metal present in these multi-layered, rich tracks … also present is a somber, ethereal atmosphere accomplished by the excellent guitar work, and notably without the added flourishes of a small touch of synth … all of these qualities add to WOLVES DEN have unique approach to incorporate the sensibilities of 90’s Melodic Black Metal, but do so with their own individualized touch, which is dark and introspective and which is refreshing to my ears … there are many opportunities to head bang on this album, which I found especially exciting … the record has a majestic quality, so the headbanging must be done in a dignified manner! WOLVES DEN is a band that is very easy and natural to take seriously, as their compositions and approach to Metal is a mature and measured one … I highly recommend this band and their debut work „Deus Vult”."
(Absit Omen)

"… a good album … black, compact and well balanced, melodic Metal …"
(Aristocrazia)

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Mysteriously charming

HULDRE's long awaited sophomore album – "Tusmørke" – is finally here!

HULDRE is an upcoming NORDIC FOLK METAL-name on the Folk Metal scene and they have, since 2010, excited people all over the world with their spectacular compositions inspired by Nordic Folk music, Metal and Rock.

Musically they offer catchy melodies of female vocals, violin, hurdy gurdy and flute on a heavy foundation of guitar, bass and drums.

HULDRE weaves a lyrical universe revolving around the forces of nature, and imagery of the folklore of years past.

The band is by now known for their unique and integrated liveshows, where the audience, in a forest of leaves, skull and bones, are blown back by the sheer joy of playing.

HULDRE's debut album from 2012 – "Intet Menneskebarn" – was very well received by reviewers throughout the world and the band has through the years played at such venues as Copenhell and Wacken, won a few musical awards and built up a dedicated and loyal fanbase.

"Tusmørke" was recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Lasse Lammert in LSD Studios in cooperation with HULDRE and has been released on the 3rd of November. This was celebrated with a release party at Loppen in Copenhagen.

MEDIA FEEDBACK for HULDRE "Tusmørke":

4,5 / 5
"Separate mention for Nanna Barslev … the thing about this woman is incredible … she has a peculiar voice … that astonishes me … sings the songs so that the words seem to dance out of her mouth, and you are rocking at every moment with her voice… personality and talent at the top … If you like Folk Metal, maybe coming out a bit of the usual, then you cannot escape HULDRE and this disc."
(Diario De Un Metalhead)

9 / 10
"With tons of Folk Metal in my collection, HULDRE manages it every single week to be in my playlist with at least one song … nothing but good … the band has matured even more and this album is produced very nice … although it’s Metal, the sound of HULDRE is quite clear, fitting the enchanting voice of Nanna perfectly … closing your eyes, you can imagine this Viking woman protection her tribe with her witchcraft … these unique vocals build up the nicely woven spells with the violin, hurdy-gurdy and flutes … again HULDRE made an awesome album …"
(Folk Metal.nl)

9 / 10
"The proportions between the Folk and Metal here are very well chosen, and sound perfectly matched … although the pace of cuts is not murderously-mad, it is very well timed with the melody and mood of the album and kicks ass! "Tusmørke" means "Twilight." A meaning it can have much. Great stuff !!!"
(Pest Webzine)

9 / 10
"HULDRE can create an atmosphere in less than five seconds … an atmosphere of bonfires, a mood of medieval and a mood of horror … HULDRE is not a blank band: they won the Wacken Open Air Battle finals in 2014 and came in third place at Wacken … since then they have cemented themselves as a world class Folk Metal band …"
(Heavy Metal.dk)

9 / 10
"… fantastic musical experience."
(Celtic - Slavic Webzine Serbia)

9 / 10
"First, HULDRE created a mystical piece of work that really makes you go all green and leafy inside, looking for trolls and other beasts. The band’s outstanding grip on mixing well-balanced, catchy melodies with archaic and modern instruments is amazing. And amazingly well done too. 'Tusmørke' will captivate you from beginning to end with a meaty, but delicate Folk Metal tune seldom heard before. I am impressed."
(Rock Music Raider)

9 / 10
"The sound is great. Clean, rich and very lively … they have the charm that makes them unique … so fresh and energetic-sounding Folk Metal … "Tumørke' … I'm not afraid to talk about a real discovery of the scene … in Denmark the album was highly praised and received enthusiastic ovations. I believe it will gradually continue in other countries. HULDRE made a modern-sounding album, but one can be transferred to somewhere in the Middle Ages … a beautifully listenable album that has the potential to remain in your player for a lot of weeks. The new star of Folk Metal is HULDRE!"
(Metal Forever)

4 / 5
"…  The songs are better, the production is better, and the entire album seems to be thoroughly worked out from start to finish … nothing is left to chance, neither musically nor visually in cover and images. If you are into Folk Metal there is no way around Huldre's 'Tusmørke' …"
(Devilution.dk)

8,5 / 10
(Metal1.info)

8,5 / 10
(World Of Metal Radio)

8,5 / 10
"This forty-minute drive everything is as it should be: music, voice and production work are great, but it is clearly the song format to interest and this just can not stir the listener more; many styles and changes are not for everyone, especially if made with the skill of HULDRE. Do yourself a favor and buy 'Tusmørke'."
(Mister Folk)

12 / 15
(Legacy)

8,25 / 10
"The band offer an intense hurdy-gurdy and flute entangled with vivid violin on the solid ground of thundering guitar, bass and drums topped by an almost unearthly beautiful female voice."
(Ravenheart Music)

82 / 100
"Black Metal with female vocals is risky - we think about Kivimetsän Druidi where we have long heard nothing more - but HULDRE brings this in a nice way. The longer songs 'Fæstemand' 'Nattesorg' contain beautiful passages and acoustic guitar work, reminds me of Iron Maiden. Nanna can both narrative singing as soprano singing and folk instruments are to be a handsome extra without skipping. Tidy profit for these Danes!"
(Lords Of Metal)

80 / 100
"An original album, full of interesting ideas which mark a further step forward for a band that surely have some pleasant surprises in store."
(Insane Voices Labirynth)

8 / 10
"… Folk Metal that is very traditional and melodic … production sounds very professional …"
(A Different Shade Of Black Metal)

8 / 10
"'Tusmørke' merges Folk with Metal at a proportion that is more uniquely styled and compelling than what most of the genre is currently offering … if you want your Metal folky, yet never turned into a goofy, gimmicky approach, it’s time to get acquainted with HULDRE."
(Dead Rhetoric)

8 / 10
(Metalized.dk)

8 / 10
(Undergrounded)

7,5 / 10
"HULDRE confirm anew that they are an honest group … forty-five minutes of music of hidden forests between the mist, old bright spots and the hard life of the past … now exclusive to those who still want to flee … helped in this case by good melodies in 'Hindeham', 'Fæstemand' and 'Nattesorg' …"
(In Your Eyes)

7,5 / 10
"“Tusmørke” is definitely recommended to the lovers of the natural side of the Pagan Metal scene."
(Melody Of The Soul)

7 / 10
"… a six-piece of competent musicians, including violin, flutes, shawm and hurdy gurdy, supporting a clean female vocalist … 9 well constructed and produced songs …"
(Metal Qualicad)

"… listening to it feels like opening a treasure chest!"
(Snooze Control)

"This album is so well thought out and executed, it’s fun and enticing … rolling from entrancing vocals to amazing instrumental solos … this album has it all and is a delight! Barsley’s vocals are just exquisite, I can’t get enough of her singing! Her voice is showcased so well in this album."
(Metal Nexus)

"In this second album HULDRE didn’t innovate, didn’t change nor complicate, they simply continued the brilliant path set on the debut work … said this way it may not sound much - but sometimes in the simplicity of actions lies the geniality of the results; “Tusmørke” it’s proof of that."
(Metal Em Portugal)

"… in a very captivating way with enormous sense of authenticity that they use not only plenty of folk instruments but also sing in Danish, while processing a lot of texts from the traditional music culture there … a very handsome constructed album that takes you to the roots of Danish folk music which they themselves upgrading to a modern unit with a very powerful sound that sounds pretty catchy and clever."
(Musika.be)

"... one can tell from the very beginning that the production and elaboration of the songs have become much better ... no matter whether it is folkloric texts about cultures or nature plays a role - with their melodies HULDRE draw you directly into the spell ... it is to hear much emphasis on a balanced sound ... the voice never drowns the instruments extremely or vice versa ... it all forms a symbiosis - yes you almost say - a harmony ... music and voice fuse and you are in the middle in it ... who however between times something wants to headbang, can do this in pieces like the very fast "Morke" and "Taering" ... let you get away from HULDRE and turn off reality."
(Kalle Rock)

"Denmark's HULDRE … featuring female vocals, the band's foundation automatically gives listeners a fresh experience … you can count on HULDRE to give you a glimpse into Danish traditions lyrically, and you can be sure their incorporation of Folk instruments (like the hurdy-gurdy) enhances their songs. Heavy instrumentation does emerge. On "Tusmørke," expect weighted riffs to take hold while mesmerizing tones hint at something from long ago and far away."
(Metal Mellowdee)

"With wonderful, clean female vocals, come melodic arrangements of flute, violin and hurdy gurdy on the ground of Folk music. These instruments are the catchy side of their music. Bringing all those elements together, 'Tusmorke' gives me amazing music journey, hugely influenced by Nordic folklore."
(Monarch Magazine)

"HULDRE have definitely surpassed with the publication of this second album and certainly deserve kudos: "Tusmørke", passed with flying colors. Fans of Folk Metal: get out of your woods and give a listen to this album, it's really worth it!"
(Aristocrazia)

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Passionate aesthetics

Sophisticated Italian MELODIC HEAVY / POWER METAL-band OVERTURES just released through their web pages the official lyric video for ‘Unshared Worlds’, first song from their fourth album "Artifacts":

"Artifacts" will be published on May 27th by established Greek label Sleaszy Rider Records

The band around powerful singer Michele Guaitoli will announce all the details about the promo tour and an official videoclip, too. 


The album has been mastered once again at GateStudios Hamburg (Avantasia, Edguy, Kamelot, Rhapsody Of Fire) by Olaf Reitmeier in Wolfsburg, Germany. The artwork was made by the German artist Franziskus Pfleghart. 



[ Cover art by Franziskus Pfleghart ]

Tracklist of "Artifacts":
01 Repentance
02 Artifacts
03 Gold
04 As Candles We Burn
05 Profiled
06 Unshared Worlds
07 My Refuge (feat. Paolo Campitelli on keyboards)
08 New Dawn, New Dusk
09 Teardrop (feat. Marco Pastorino, Caterina Piccolo on vocals & Paolo Campitelli on keyboards)
10 Angry Animals
11 Savior - Alternative version


Official Videoclip for the title song "Artifacts":

MEDIA FEEDBACK for OVERTURES "Artifacts":

10 / 10
"… the third album is the album of maturity … it's been that way for many, many bands and, apparently, OVERTURES can not escape this rule … crafting in this 2016 a disc, nothing short of perfect, a nice Power-Heavy product that will appeal not only to lovers of kind, but music lovers in general."
(Antonio Moliterni)

9,5 / 10
"To summarize the new OVERTURES album , 'Artifacts' for me this year is the most complex, best composed Power Metal album I've ever heard … it has it all, a love for bands like Stratovarius , Helloween or just Sonata Arctica … the album's greatest strength is that they do not want to copy anyone … a Power / Heavy Metal emerges that is unique, yet draws from others … good work and any number of tools in a separate masterpiece, which was beautifully shaped note for note by the Italian craftsmen."
(Felvideki Rock)

4,5 / 5
"OVERTURES have made the center once again … and I'm sure this "Artifacts" will remain among the best ever releases of 2016!"
(All Around Metal)

4,5 / 5
"The aforementioned varied vocals contributes a lot to boost the album: it ranges from slight guttural elements up to the typical Heavy Metal falsetto ("Angry animals"), always providing surprising effects that reflect the mix of styles given by Overtures … a great album that perfectly predicates the meaning of our rating 'Epic'"
(DeepGround)

9 / 10
"I’m smitten by this album. “Artifacts” should be Overtures’ stairway to stardom."
(Power Of Metal.dk)

9 / 10
"… Where Devin Townsend's genius meets Michael Romeo's technique and Tobias Sammet's fantasy ... with a sound mastering without leaks and an outstanding musical skill …"
(Metalpit.it)

9 / 10
"With 'Entering The Maze' OVERTURES set a very high level, and getting back to that level seemed impossible ... but with some improvements on the sound and style, 'Artifacts' got on an even higher level ... praiseworthy!"
(Metalforever.info)

9 / 10
"… no doubt that the band reached its peak with "Artifacts" … all that was sent and / or at least demonstrated on its predecessor here comes alive … the sound proposal shows balance, cohesion and much pomp! Okay produced and without exaggeration … singer Michele Guaitoli imposes its lines with a consistent and tasteful interpretation, which only makes the band earn points … just listen to tracks like 'Artifacts', 'Profiled', 'Unshared Worlds' , the epic 'Teardrop' and wild 'Angry Animals' to prove these elements … a tasteful disk that does not invent anything, but adds a lot."
(Arte Metal)

9 / 10
"… these Italian, although they assign to Melodic Metal, make more … not that the band press for originality, but it is much more than speed, melody, bass and vocals …"
(Portal Do Inferno)

9 / 10
(Heaven Is Not Too Far)

4 / 5
"The combination of traditional / classic and modern they are doing incredibly well … then I just repeat my thoughts on the album cover!"
(Get Metal)

4 / 5
"… eleven songs, very colorful … the duration of the album is high because you exceed the fifty-seven minutes of music … you will find a lot of interesting things, both in terms of style that the emotions aroused level … the matrix, the framework is to power and of this kind we find in almost all the classic features that will repeat for the last time: double bass and vocals that travels over medium high register … missing keyboard / guitar duels and the donut would round with the hole, but no … no duels! And it is precisely the absence of key-guitar duels that differentiates and personalizes this band in the sea of ​​Power Metal … it is a "Repentance" demonstration where these elements are set well right from the start, in which Michele Guaitoli juggles well giving us the first really inspired interpretation … his singing style, very personal, strikes us immediately and you can bring to a Tobias Sammet, but with much greater say, combined with a vibrato that reminds us of Fabio Lione …"
(Rock Rebel)

4 / 5
"Michele Guaitoli is a great vocalist and reminds me of both Geoff Tate and Roy Khan and as for the rest of the band members themselves; not much can be said except for absolutely brilliant … the production and mixing really come across like a well finished product instead of being over polished and the flowing and transition between heavy riffs, leads, and melodic passages in the album is working perfect … the balance and the variation in all the songs makes that you most likely will listen to them many times … I don't really dislike anything about this album … these guys are now probably among my favourite Metal/Prog bands of today and absolutely worth checking out!"
(Melodic.net)

4 / 5
"For OVERTURES, 'Artifacts' is another fine album of creative and engaging Progressive Power Metal, displaying both their ever increasing musical talent and maturity … recommended."
(Dangerdog)

85 / 100
"More than suggested album, where you can find songs, songwriting, emotions and touching feelings with a strong acoustic and emotional impact. Another proof that when music is well done still exists, in Italy too, and that there is no constant need to look for it somewhere else, when we have that kind of bands close to our home. Absolutely recommended album, this 'Artifacts', and absolutely recommended band: OVERTURES."
(Underground Zine)

8,5 / 10
"The fact is that "Artifacts" is an extremely interesting album all the way … this record is so difficult to be categorized; it includes a classic Metal sound in it, strong progressive 'touches', big melodies, great guitar work and a 'modern' Metal approach that makes it a must have for each and every single fan of the Metal scene in general."
(Heavy Paradise)

8,5 / 10
(Headbangers Latinoamerica)

8,5 / 10
(Crossfire Metal)

84 / 100
"… the band is clearly a competent and professional act that manages to get quite a lot right here which is highly enjoyable … the riff-work, there’s plenty to like about the way this shifts so effortlessly from tight, deep chugging to galloping, mid-tempo rhythms that is wrapped up in gorgeous melodic rhythms that contain a glorious sheen over the music …"
(Don's Metal Reviews)

84 / 100
(Metal Archives)

80 / 100
"There are records that deserve to go directly to the listeners' ears without receiving reviews because they are "products of excellent quality." I do this premise to announce the new work OVERTURES, active band for more than ten years in the Italian Metal scene and beyond … as a whole, I think 'Artifacts' is a purchase recommended because it is taken care of in every way, from the beautiful cover, to production … hats off to a group that is committed and knows how to adapt to the times without forgetting its origins."
(Metalwave.it)

80 / 100
"OVERTURES confirmed a beautiful reality in the Italian Power Metal and even internationally … 'Artifacts' is … certainly among the best of 2016 …"
(Hardsounds.it)

80 / 100
"The sound of OVERTURES is always very modern, although there are references to the masters of classic Progressive Metal, Dream Theater in the first place … even 'My Refuge' insists on melodic passages, making it among the most songs you can store on the first listen, while a song like 'Angry Animals' recalls the Melodic Power Metal in most direct and immediate way, enriched by some the most sought after intermission … also noteworthy is the long 'Teardrop' with its orchestral passages, to emphasize the great variety of the band's sound, able to touch in ten minutes so many different registers, summarized the ideal of a very varied record, but always consistent … really really interesting … a big step forward …"
(Loud And Proud.it)

8 / 10
"The band blatantly mixes melodic Prog with Power Metal, injecting some Gothic Metal to boot … best described as something like Nightwish meeting Arrayan Path with a stout handful of Avantasia … should you buy the record? If you like a quirky Progressive Power Metal full of melodic hooks and turns, never leaving you bored at any moment, go for it … if you are not sure, give it a try anyway … they are good, you know … and we got ourselves a contender for the Top 10 list of 2016."
(Rock Music Raider)

8 / 10
"… we are faced not only with the Melodic Metal, but also with Progressive Metal , Power Metal and even Hardrock … in the choruses , always very melodic, shoots the voice of vocalist Michele Guaitoli for a resemblance to Bruce Dickinson, even if only for a few seconds … even the songwriting sometimes remembers on Iron Maiden and even Europe … but OVERTURES create a different symphonic environment and quality …"
(Ultraje)

8 / 10
(Zephyrs Odem)

8 / 10
"Hot Album! The entire album stays on very high levels, with a special mention to the over 10-minutes suite 'Teardrop'. A great album that defines OVERTURES as a very relevant band to be followed with interest!"
(MetalItalia)

8 / 10
"... the thrilling keyboard playing as well as the vocal melodies causing trance are part of the experience this album offers ... the die hard fans of the genre will surely enjoy this piece of Metal."
(Burning Sun)

8 / 10
"'Artifacts' flows smoothly along all of its 11 tracks … making it well balanced between pieces pulled over as "Profiled" or "New Dawn, New Dusk", more reasoned tracks by winning melodies as the beautiful title track or "My Refuge" and long suites as "Teardrop" … nothing was left to chance and the result is a fully enjoyable, hard in every respect … a work that confirms all the good sported by the band in the past and raises them to another level, that will certainly increase the plethora of OVERTURES admirers."
(Italia Di Metallo)

8 / 10
„OVERTURES forged a good Melodic Heavy Metal album, which has been progressively and bombastically recorded!"
(Rock Hard Germany)

79 / 100
"'Artifacts is a record that in many places has some good ideas and some really interesting textures, which often are able to overshadow the critical issues that, although not negligible, are not so heavy for this beautiful work … I regret, however, could not let such a work enters the 80+ Heavy Metal Heaven … all the songs are pearls and they are memorable from start to finish … there is potential in these four boys."
(Heaven Of Heavy Metal)

7,8 / 10
"The new work, mastered in the Gate Studios in Germany , between the walls of which has worked with people of the caliber of Avantasia, Edguy and Epica is a good example of various Prog Metal … very melodic, sometimes by dramatic look … OVERTURES use the weapon of melody and rhythmic Hard Rock very well, managing to make its personnel and extremely fascinating work."
(Iye Zine)

75 / 100
"An album capable of taking his deserved space in the modern Metal panorama, well done!!"
(TrueMetal.it)

7,5 / 10
'"… a versatile album and equipped with several facets, in which OVERTURES use all the arrows of their bow …"
(Metallus.it)

70 / 100
(Reckoning Hour)

70 / 100
(Metalzone.gr)

7 / 10
"Artifacts is a solid, Prog/Power effort from these Italians showing that Italy's Power Metal bands are equally as talented as ones from Germany or Sweden … if like your Power Metal progressive, with some dramatic touches then OVERTURES will be a band for you."
(Musipedia Of Metal)

7 / 10
(Raw And Wild)

7 / 10
(Heavy Worlds)

7 / 10
"The band sounds compact and precise … with a tough rhythm section but varied … of all the components stand out technically guitarist Mark Falanga and the singer Michele Guaitoli, whose respective performances, however, are actually cross and opera delight, as even executions are too adhering to a sort of imaginary list of features to have in a given musical movement."
(Spazio Rock)

7 / 10
"What is it with the Italians at the moment? Another month and another batch of quality Metal releases land on the doormat … if you ask the artist however, success in their home county is still lacking with the more traditional Italian sounds as well as Pop music still diving the saes numbers … everything about the band presents a solid, professional, classy image and their musicianship is second to none … they would be the perfect mid-afternoon band at festivals such as Masters Of Rock."
(Powerplay)

"The listening experience completed by choirs and string instruments will stay with you long after the album concludes, and will be more than enough to tide you over until the next album."
(Dave Wolff - Autoeroticasphyxium Zine)

"… 'Artifacts', and we repeat it again, is a class record of a top band that perfectly blended elements from several different Metal to Hard Rock styles … an intense, heartwarming and beautiful whole … without more so a must for fans of good old school Heavy to Power Metal, with a high sing-along and headbanging content … impressed!"
(Snooze Control)

"The songs are compositionally-sound, with some decent writing by a band who know their style and their audience inside out … these tracks are quite memorable and catchy in places, with stirring refrains and plenty of upbeat melodies to enjoy … I like a good Heavy Metal album, and with Artifacts Overtures have produced quite an enjoyable feast of sugary ear-candy."
(Wonderbox Metal)

"The songs are harmonious, rhythmic and have catchy qualities. Impelling, fast and melodic, just like I like it. The voice of Michele is gentle, flattering and yet clear and really reminds me of a mix of Michi Kiske and Andi Deris … the music is fast, hard and clear … exactly the right kind of sound you'd love to hear on a long highway…"
(Bad Black Unicorn)

"From the opening bars of ‘Repentance‘ the maturity of the band is obvious, both from the musicianship through to the production… title track ‘Artifacts‘ is enjoyable … together with the following track ‘Gold‘ it probably rates as one of my favourites on the album … pounding drums, wailing guitars and a bass line fit to wobble your drink off the table … it’s everything that Progressive Metal should be … to sum up, certainly an album worth checking out and I shall be checking out their previous two releases into the bargain!"
(Rockposer)

"Apart from any other remarkable facts, which undoubtedly directly earn interest is the moving theatrical interpretation of the frontman and the natural melodies of titles such as "Gold", "As Candles We Burn", "Teardrop" and "Savior"."
(Rockin' Athens)

"You could go on forever and really pick out every single song, because no vulnerability can be found … the songs are catchy, but due to the intelligent songwriting after x-times, listening to them is still interesting … coronation then comes with the over 10 minutes suite "Teardrop". Class! Power Metal fans, Prog Metallers, traditionalists can ... or better, should check it out. It is worth it!"
(Totentanz)

"This year's OVERTURES sound more meaningful and inspiring than ever … this is because their fourth release offers spectacle, vision and skill in composing something unusual and unique … just think that if you ask what does it "sounds like" the answer is: "nothing"."
(Rock 'n Roll Monuments)

"Italy's OVERTURES; a band infusing the Power Metal theatrics of Kamelot and the progressive intricacy of Dream Theater … the music has all the flair of power and the complexity of Prog, but there is an added heaviness to give the music that extra kick."
(Script The Darkness)

"… elegant and tasteful is what breathes every bit of this, the third album of OVERTURES … they are defined as Melodic Heavy Metal but add touches of Progressive Metal that at times reminiscent of 80s Queensryche with some Power Metal … moments of "My Refuge" make me think that vocalist Michele Guaitoli has watched Geoff Tate with interest, especially during the first 'Operation Mindcrime' … the most complex moment they bring with the 10 minutes of the epic composition "Teardrop" with orchestral elements and some cinematic touch … choral work is bold … awesome … magnificent disk … a group that knows how to mix influences and give a distinctive character to its music."
(Made In Metal)

"The progressive and epic dimension of their songs is exactly what comes out from the album of Italians and specifically the continuous variations of their sound, with such a way so that it does not tire you … their professionalism and experience appears in their entire work and I would suggest the fans of the genre to listen to them with great attention!"
(R1 Radio)

"Without a doubt the amazing metal band OVERTURES, have crafted an epic release with ARTIFACTS, their third album … chock of memorable hooks and instant classic metal songs, this is the album to buy above all others … this is Progressive Power Metal at its finest … my personal favorite is the title song "Artifacts" … just a hands down pure Metal powerhouse … there is such a distinctive soundscape coming from these musicians … look no further than OVERTURES if you need a daily Power Metal fix … they are one of only a handful of bands to watch for 2017!"
(Cry Of The Wolf)

"Buy or die!"
(Metallo Italiano)

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"Oh, Nameless One! We may rise up from the ashes of Doom!"

‘The Chaotic Art’
SVOID was formed in December 2009 by ‘S’ with the intention to define a link between All and Nothing, which represents the formless End. The debut material, named ‘Ars Kha’ (means ‘Chaotic Art’), was developed in the Fall of 2010, consisting mostly Black Metal-influenced tunes. At this point of time Dániel joined on drums, and with this the first line-up was established. After the recordings, ‘Ars Kha’ was released in April of 2011.

To unleash SVOID as a live, ceremonial act, a live line-up had been also outlined, as György (guitars) and Péter (bass) joined to complete the devotion to emptiness. The first ceremony was performed by these four members on the magical night of Walpurgis in 2011.

‘To Never Return’
While ‘Ars Kha’ was on its way, fragments of the first full-length material were composed during that cursed year. Musically, the centre was shifted to the corners of Void, and unbound progression beaten its path through different genres and built up the core, the essence of SVOID.

At the end of 2011 Péter found new ways and Tamás joined the band on guitars. The first full-length, entitled ‘To Never Return’ was recorded in May of 2012 in Abnormal Studio. The album was self-released in February 2013 in a special digipak case, and was distributed by Sun & Moon Records, Ván Records and Sigillvm Tenebrae Records.

‘Hallowed Nights’
The ensemble performed several ceremonies around Hungary, supporting acts like Enslaved, Winterfylleth, Year Of The Goat and Denial Of God. In Summer 2013, to perform and celebrate the hungry End, the band established an extemporal line-up with guest musicians on wind instruments, blowing reflections of Death deliberately for that eve. Thereafter, SVOID had some personnel changes – Tamás left the group for his own reasons and Gergő joined soon. György left the band in 2014, so with his leaving, the reborn line-up introduced itself on new rituals as a trio – to come close beyond.

‘Devil’s Blood’
Due to the major changes in the line-up and mind SVOID decided to declare a new aeon by unfolding a new instrumentation. For this purpose a very special cover was put together and recorded in 2015 which contained the track ‘Devil’s Blood‘ from Watain. The aim with this cover was highlight the depths and lawlessness of the musical abyss of SVOID. The record was released in 111 copies.

During these times while the band was working on the new material, transylvanian Sun & Moon Records signed SVOID to re-release the debut album ‘To Never Return’, which was finally released worldwide with the sincere support of the label.

‘Storming Voices’
With the features of the new line-up the band entered the studio in 2015 to record the second full-length album titled "Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion", which is out worldwide on 18th April, 2016 by Sun & Moon Records.

Lyric Video for the new song "Never To Redeem":

MEDIA FEEDBACK for SVOID "Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion":

9,5 / 10
"It has been easily the best Hungarian album so far this year, regardless of styles or genres."
(Felvideki Rock Magazin)

92 / 100
"Overall, SVOID has managed to surprise us with how much they have evolved after their raw and more ‘straightforward’ debut “Never To Return” … in “Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion”, the band continues with their harsh Black Metal core but adds a plethora of new influences, managing to create a very unique and catchy brand of Black Metal … perfect for fans of bands like DHG, Arcturus and Avant-garde Black Metal outfits, this release has considerably high replay value as you will discover new things on each spin."
(Infernal Masquerade)

4 / 5
(Harte Musik.de)

4 / 5
"… nice and dark … I love the eerie sounds … SVOID is like a younger, Metal version of new-age band The Cure … which is for me, a good sign!"
(Lyrical Spell)

8,2 / 10
"'Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion' is a beautiful fresco of extreme music … Black Metal is definitely an important part of the proposed sound … but the group goes further, trying (and succeed) to break a lot of barriers, not only between the extreme genres, channeling notes of other musical worlds into a single score."
(In Your Eyes) 8 / 10
"Ultimately, a full and varied album, where the goal is clear … but you are completely unaware of the road to reach it …"
(Metalhead.it)

8 / 10
"… a very great sounding anti cosmic, post Black Metal band … and if you are looking for something very original, you should check out this band."
(Occult Black Metal Zine)

8 / 10
"… an expressly lowering and dismal mooded album which includes a lot to be explored … ambitious work."
(Hammerworld.hu)

8 / 10
(Ultraje.pt)

8 / 10
"All-in-all, I’m mightily impressed by SVOID and ‘Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion’ … this is a very good, intelligently crafted album with plenty to sate many a Metal fan throughout … as such, it comes with a healthy recommendation from yours truly."
(Man Of Much Metal)

8 / 10
"… the more I listened to the songs and felt the darkness in the Black Metal vocals and riffs, the better I realized that SVOID indeed carries a message or some form of concept within the songs … in this sense, this is surely an interesting record; it will keep you curious song after song … you might find yourself drawn into the darkness … feels quite different when you listen to it from the beginning to the end … although the band’s style is mostly associated with Black Metal, I think that what they create is rather a mixture of Post Metal and Black Metal elements … the vocals reminded me of a mixture of Jon Nödtveidt (Dissection) and John Haughm (Agalloch), which I found really well done for a record like this … “Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion” is dark and dynamic … if you are particularly interested in the concepts of anti-cosmic Metal but also Post- and Black Metal, give this album a chance!"
(Melody Of The Soul)

8 / 10
(Musica Continua A Mesma)

3 / 5
(Get Metal)

"This is an album that is filled with beautifully written melodies which mix with a heavy atmosphere and vocals that create imagery in a beautiful poetic way … 'Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion' is an album that is filled with so much … the catchy music and its lyrical genius make this album one that is filled with an energy that has been put to its best use."
(Moshville)

"Black Metal acts often go to great lengths to standout from the pack and no one stands out better than Hungary's mysterious offering, SVOID."
(Metal At The Gates)

"SVOID's newest material is towering high above other inland bands, both in sound and in athosphere … as if we had to wander alone in grey emptiness aimlessly, it would be the background music."
(Langolo Gitarok)

"SVOID is on a very good way to make their name even more well-known and to create an individual sound by alloying particular elements of different genres … do not think of some mixed garbage, it's a precisely made product of exactly calculated ingredients … as the band have released Ars Kha (EP 2011) and To Never Return (debut album 2013) they left behind the "usual" Black Metal themes by degrees - and they also use new, more colorful and melodic lines instead."
(Rock Station)

"At all times I am kept entertained with a flurry of twisting riffs , takes so many turns in different directions it’s amazing how it manages to stay cohesive and well arranged … its great to hear the bass being put to work well in songs as too often it can become lost and almost non existent in a lot of Black Metal … a huge selling point of this album for me has to be the vocals which are fantastic they feature some haunting cleans to crazy vicious screaming … I think this is one of those rare albums that captures you out of the blue unawares … it gets you hooked and leaves you wanting more."
(Absit Omen)

"If you expect the "Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion" be like all other Post Black Metal releases full of heavy-laden progressive cues then I’m sorry … SVOID are not for you … if you expect well-polished commercial productions without any imagination and musical training, then again I'm sorry … SVOID do not suit you … but if you're looking for something completely new and original with much experimentation and open horizons, seeking emotion in every note, if you want something that will take your mind and dive you in the darkest corners of your being, then SVOID is your people."
(R1 Radio)

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Musically Zeitgeist

In the 1930s it was stated, Blues would be the dangerous work of the Devil.
In the 1940s it was stated, Jazz & Swing were frightening excesses of the Devil.
In the 1950s it was stated, Rock'n'Roll would be the evil sound of the Devil.
In the 1960s it was stated, Beat would be the unpure music of the Devil.
In the 1970s it was stated, Rock music would be the corrupting sound of the Devil.
Well, and since the 1980s it was stated, Heavy Metal would be a diabolic spawn of the Devil.

What the much-reviled one heard in earlier centuries, is not officially known.
In any case, it seems clear that the ever pert bloke became really pretty musically, specifically over the last ten decades…
(Markus Eck)

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