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NOTHGARD • Epic Melodic Death Metal
NORTHLAND • Folk Death Metal
CYRENCE • Thrash Metal
MYRKGRAV • Folk Metal
INCURSED • Epic Viking Metal




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Uprising heathen rage

Estonian Metal horde THARAPHITA has released their latest album titled "Ülestõus" ("Uprising") in summer 2014.

The new album’s music is a special mix of Black, Heavy and Thrash Metal: BLACKENED PAGAN METAL.

Lyrics are mostly inspired by Estonian history and our ancestors’ hard struggle for survival and the freedom of their homeland. According to legend, the mightiest Estonian fire god Tarapita landed at Estonia’s biggest island Saaremaa.

The album frontcover art depicts the main crater of lake Kaali, which was formed by a meteorite. It caused enormous damage and chaos but our ancestors starting to worship this mystical fire in the sky. The meteorites also contained iron ore, which made it possible to forge extremely strong weapons for the ancient times warriors and tools for farmers.

The new album release of THARAPHITA provides great contribution into Estonian Metal music but the lyrics also a call to reconsider the values dominant in our society. It was also nominated in the category of the best metal album at the Estonian Music Awards 2015.

The album was recorded at the Roundsound Studio and contains eight songs:

1. Ülestõus (Uprising)
2. Viimsepäeva Koidik (The Dawn Of Armageddon)
3. Luupainaja (The Nightmare)
4. Tuhandeaastase Orjaöö Tuhast (From The Ashes Of A Thousand Years Of Slavery)
5. Sõnad Sõlmedesse (Knotting The Words)
6. Surma-arbujad (Sorcerers Of Death)
7. Tuuled Rändavad ringi (Winds Wander)
8. Terasest taotud teel (On A Road Made Of Steel)

Two songs from the new album (“Ülestõus” and “Luupainaja”) can be listened at THARAPHITA Official Youtube Channel.

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Playful at all levels

German EPIC MELODIC DEATH METAL virtuoso NOTHGARD presenting the new Guitar Hero / Frets On Fire video file of their song "Blackened Seed":

"Blackened Seed" is on their second full-length "Age Of Pandora".

Lead-guitarist Dom R. Crey says about:
"From the very beginning I was fascinated by Frets On Fire (PC) and Guitar Hero (game console).
I always wondered how hard such a game could be, while spending hours in front of the goggle-box.
This is why we came up with the idea to create our Frets On Fire – Nothgard Songs.
Just because we thought this would be fucking cool.
Now we have 2 songs from our latest record to download.
The first one can be found HERE
Everybody should check it out.
We wish a lot of fun and patience.
I still can’t play the songs in the game."


[ guitarist Daniel K. ]

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Something very special

After a hard-working period of composition and studio enclosure, Spanish FOLK DEATH METAL masters NORTHLAND steps forward towards its consolidation with their second full-length „Downfall And Rebirth“:

About „Downfall And Rebirth“:
Life and death, day and night… Everything has its beginning - birth, and its own end - death. Great civilizations fall and the new ones take their place as day turns to night and night turns to day. „Downfall And Rebirth“ explains the end of mankind as Mother Nature rises in vengeance against those who have made her suffer for so long. Meanwhile, somewhere out in space, celestial bodies collide to create a new world.

This concept is also present in „Downfall And Rebirth“ in different ways: the course of the day, defeats and victories. Even when the album comes to an end, replaying it again makes complete sense as a never ending cycle.

The origin of NORTHLAND, back into the end of 2007, started when the band edited the first demo „Freezing Sadness“. Wagering on a quite unknown style in Spain, NORTHLAND began to make concerts in order to claim for a place within the national Metal scene.

Their melodic music crossed the borders and the band signed up for the German label Black Bards. As a result, „Northland“ (2010), their first studio release, was brought to light. This launch of finest FOLK DEATH METAL opened the gates for NORTHLAND to participate in numerous festivals, tours and concerts around the European continent.

After three years and almost a hundred of gigs, NORTHLAND began to be considered one of the significant bands among the Folk Metal scene.

METALMESSAGE PR looks forward to the full co-operation with these exceptional talented musicians!

MEDIA FEEDBACK for "Downfall And Rebirth":

10 / 10
"This full-size album is chock full of amazing music and certainly goes in the books as one of the greats in their genre."
(Metal Temple)

10 / 10
(Valkyries)

95 %
"This is definitely the album I have been waiting for, this might even make my top albums of the year."
(Metal Archives)

9,5 / 10
(Xivirox)

8 / 9
"Overall, “Downfall And Rebirth” isn’t just a fantastic second album, it’s a fantastic album … the blending of musical styles and it’s impressively diverse scope kick the year off in some serious style…"
(Hollywood Metal)

4,5 / 5
(Metal Underground)

4,3 / 5
"…sounds so authentic … will give u unyielding awesomeness from beginning to the end. After listening this whole album will satiate u for sure … well crafted, mind blowing and definitely worth a listen for all Folk Melodic Death Metal fans…"
(MetalheadSpotted)

4 / 5 "Very Good"
(Goetia Media)

4 / 5
(Harte Musik)

4 / 5 - großartig
(DeepGround)

90 / 100
(Mejerit)

9 / 10
(Metal Harem)

8,9 / 10
(Draven's Tales From The Crypt)

8,5 / 10
(El Lado Oscuro De La Luna)

8,5 / 10
(Satan Arise)

8,5 / 10
(Metal Forever)

82 / 100
"…the band succeeded in putting more and emotion in their music, especially with the great use of the violin, the keyboard and an instrument called the jaw harp."
(Inside The Coffin)

8,2 / 10
(Metal Imperium)

81 / 100
(Empty Lord)

8,1 / 10
(Dioses Del Metal)

8 / 10
(Trzy Po Trzy)

8 / 10
(A Different Shade Of Black Metal)

8 / 10
(Rock And Metal In My Blood)

8 / 10
(Stu's Reviews)

8 / 10
(Rotting Hill)

8 / 10
(Dark Factory)

11 / 15
(Folk Metal.at)

3,5 / 5
(Stormbringer)

3,5 / 5
(All Around Metal)

75 / 100
(Rock Overdose)

7,5 / 10
"…a good album and definitely worth checking out…"
(Folk Metal.nl)

7,5 / 10
(Dark Festivals)

7,5 / 10
(Metal Symphony)

7,5 / 10
(Mariskal Rock)

7,4 / 10
"…a great listen and a solid start for the Folk Metal genre in 2015. And considering this is only NORTHLAND’s second full-length effort they’ll be a band fans of the genre will want to keep their eyes on … 'Downfall And Rebirth' may feel like a familiar listen for fans of Folk Metal, but it’s hard to deny the level of musicianship NORTHLAND have shown on this album."
(Music Review)

7 / 10
(Friedhof)

7 / 10
"If you’re a lover of Folk Metal, this album is a must to add to your collection."
(Metal Utopia)

7 / 10
(Monkey Castle)

"Falling in line with the likes of ELUVEITIE, ENSIFERUM, and the rest of the gang, Northland provides some high caliber Folk Metal on their second album…"
(Dead Rhetoric)

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No boundaries for erupting energies!

CYRENCE from the worldwide known capital of delicious beer, Munich, play melodic and lively THRASH METAL in the vein of MEGADETH, METALLICA and ANTHRAX.

Their style is very unique, there are no boundaries for the skilful Bavarian bunch of enthusiastic Thrash-heads.

Early 2015 will see the release of their EP „The Hospital“:

One will enjoy a shitload of rough and edgy neckbreakers as well as clean, almost psychedelic moments, always maintaining the right amount of strong heaviness, martial groove and fine melody.

The lyrics of CYRENCE cover a wide range of different topics.

METALMESSAGE PR looks forward to support the upcoming EP release of CYRENCE - it's time to spread their melodic and highly energetic Thrash sound to worldwide ears!

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Aesthetically beautiful and expressively

Lars Jensen and his one-man FOLK METAL project MYRKGRAV is finally out with new material – the independently released digital exclusive single „Vonde Auer“:

„Vonde Auer“ continues where „Sjuguttmyra“, the band’s most recent musical effort from 2013, left off.
In other words: old-fashioned Folk Metal in which Jensen blends old and new in a manner distinctly Norwegian – including extensive use of Norway’s national instrument: the Hardanger fiddle, masterfully executed by renowned folk musician Olav Luksengård Mjelva.

Continuing the conceptual lyrical and visual tradition of MYRKGRAV, „Vonde Auer“ features lyrics based off of folklore from Ringerike in Norway, Lars Jensen’s homelands.

In addition to the regular „Vonde Auer“ version (though there is very little regular about it), the release also features a genuine folk music twist wherein the song has been broken down, rewritten and rearranged for the Hardanger fiddle.

If one wouldn’t know better, one’d probably think it a centuries old traditional piece of music from a faraway Norwegian fjord village.
Alas, it’s simply Jensen and MYRKGRAV continuing with 1000 mile steps towards the most genuine blend of folk music and Metal possible.

Retrospective:
MYRKGRAV is a one-man Folk Metal project founded in 2003 by Lars Jensen in Norway. The band is heavily concept-based, with lyrical and visual themes rooted in folklore and local history from Lars' homelands, Ringerike and its surroundings.

MYRKGRAV relies strongly on Norwegian folk music (including the use of traditional instruments) in its sound, while retaining a distinct extreme metal basis, such as to aspire towards bringing folk and metal together like it was the most natural thing in the world. What started out as a bedroom Black Metal project in 2003, has evolved to become a fusion of several different styles.

In addition to Lars Jensen himself, MYRKGRAV often features guest members that add their own flare to the sound. As of today, the current recording line-up consists of the following individuals:
Lars Jensen: Vocals, guitars, flutes, keyboards and programming
Olav Luksengård Mjelva: Hardanger fiddle
Erlend Antonsen: Bass guitar

About Lars Jensen:
Lars was born 30.12.1986 in Ringerike, Norway.
Living in the small countryside village Åsa, he was subject to the rich folklore of the area, which would eventually shape much of his professional as well as personal future.
As of 2013, he is majoring in Folkloristics with a minor in Ethnology at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland.

MYRKGRAV has teamed up with METALMESSAGE PR to help spread the good word of Norwegian Folk Metal!

MEDIA FEEDBACK for "Vonde Auer":

9 / 10
"Now the true class of MYRKGRAV shows in the immensely flowing and cohesive nature of the song, which makes a fan thirst even more for a second full-length album … absolutely delicious…"
(The Metal Observer)

4 / 5
(Diario De Un Metalhead)

8 / 10
"Clocking in at just under 9 minutes between the two versions of the song, you will definitely be longing for more … the main version at just over 6 minutes features everything you want in a great Folk Metal song … traditional instruments, triumphant vocals in solo and chanting/choral styles, catchy riffs and a variety of rhythms to add texture to the track, giving it a very story-rather-than-song feel…"
(Folk Metal.nl)

8 / 10
"…a very great sounding blackened Viking/Folk Metal project … if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this single."
(A Different Shade Of Black Metal)

8 / 10
(Mister Folk)

8 / 10
"As a matter of fact, that really reminded me of a mix between (clean) FALKENBACH songs and the latest VINTERSORG album!"
(Melody Of The Soul)

8 / 10
(Stu's Reviews)

12 / 15
(Folkmetal.at)

"Highly enjoyable output with quality in every detail from a talented musician."
(Gorgers Metall)

"…Lars Jensen is someone who knows how to make some very nice Folk Metal, that's for sure…"
(Dutch Metal Maniac)

"…a fantastic blend of old and new. The first song is a typical Folk Metal song, albeit wonderfully arranged, with Lars Jensen’s distinctive voice, reminding me at times of old VINTERSORG…"
(Destructive Music)

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Thrilling get-up-and-go moods

Basque talents of INCURSED announce their fulminant return finally!

The upcoming new studio album "Elderslied" offers their well proofed EPIC VIKING METAL style once more in catchy melodic perfection:

The official release date of the new album "Elderslied" is scheduled for Dec. 24, 2014, which becomes a public holiday so to say for all followers of epic and melodic Viking Metal simply shorthanded through the formation. Who needs despicable Christmas when INCURSED can be enjoyed there?

Cheers! Lastly appears at that day also the physical version of the delicious new EP "Beer Bloodbath", which was available to date only in digital way:

Currently the extremely ambitioned bunch from Bilbao raspes very busy on the final details for the new output "Elderslied".

After having managed the global PR measures to its album predecessor "Fimbulwinter" METALMESSAGE gets on the hard ball one more time for the media interests of the irrepressible formation from the pictorial Basque Country!

MEDIA FEEDBACK for "Elderslied":

10 / 10
(Metal Samsara)

10 / 10
"This album is superb! ‘Elderslied’ serves as a shining example of what Viking / Pagan Metal should sound like: good, better, INCURSED!"
(Vendetta)

10 / 10
"Their abrasive and thunderous way of playing Viking/Pagan Metal has got some melodic influences, which brought refinement and elegance to their work."
(Metal Temple)

10 / 10
(Stu's Reviews)

5 / 5
"Great work, undoubtedly in my Top 10 of 2014!"
(Diario De Un Metalhead)

9,5 / 10
(Satan Arise)

9,5 / 10
(The Drinktim)

9,5 / 10
(Metalcry)

9 / 10
"Overall a great and varied album."
(Musipedia Of Metal)

9 / 10
(La Estadea)

9 / 10
"I must admit that 'Elderslied' has become [...] into one of the best albums of its genre in Spain"
(Noizz)

4 / 5 - großartig
(DeepGround)

12 / 15
(Legacy)

8,5 / 10
"…a very epic sounding Folk/Viking Metal album…"
(A Different Shade Of Black Metal)

8,5 / 10
(Time For Metal)

8,5 / 10
(Dioses Del Metal)

8,5 / 10
(El Lado Oscuro De La Luna)

8 / 10
"…a great album."
(Folk Metal.nl)

8 / 10
(Rock 2.0)

8 / 10
(Monkey Castle)

8 / 10
(Hellpress)

8 / 10
(Metaltrip)

3,5 / 5
(All Around Metal)

7,5 / 10
(Metalhead)

7,5 / 10
(Mister Folk)

7,5 / 10
(Redlady Metal)

"'Elderslied' is almost a perfect album. I can assure you that we are facing a superb album that you will listen and listen again."
(Fotoconciertos)

"…captures several songs to take note of like 'Heart Of Yggdrasil' has powerful vocal chords with even stunning instrumentals, each working together to create a style of sound that is timeless and breath taking throughout … this album by INCURSED is one to behold and wonder, because it covers not just entertaining music but something so much more to it, a rather story telling formula that doesn't want to quit."
(Nataliez World)

"…two masterpieces … you don't know INCURSED, well, listen to them, if you are a Pagan/Viking Metal fan you'll love it!"
(Dutch Metal Maniac)

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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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