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Such an invigorating sound masked in a tone of great inner emotion that gives deliverance to those treading the path of doom. Protokult is a Toronto based folk / pagan metal band. ‘No Beer In Heaven’ is definitely a palette of peaceful ambient melody and vibrant folk elements coupled with brilliant production and solid layers of artistic yet heavy guitar, bass and drums. Having said that, the band mainly portrays an ambiance of celebration and soothing ceremonial gatherings where folks frolic and men of old tell tales of their adventures as they wait at death’s door. Some of the songs also possess a hint of darkness that show signs of origins from darker roots of pagan / black metal.

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This band has a palette that is unmistakably a smorgasbord of flavors and variables that brings out great depth and solid power within their music. Gormathon with their latest album ‘Following the Beast’ is a jammed mix of elements from a various number of bands that could be noticed while cycling through their songs. It’s as if the bands Tyr, Amon Amarth, Judas Priest, Suidakra and Holy Grail played multiple sections one by one and at varying intervals and sometimes even melding with the mix to create an authentic and original sound that echoes through like thunder in a storm, slow paced and powerful music pushed forth out in the open.

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There is something very mystical about symphonic death / black metal and it’s evident with the band Bjarm. Sparks of melody and destruction at every landmark moment within the emotions of hatred and aggression, echoing balance of both brutality and emotion, this band is the epicenter of a force which is definitely to be reckoned with, resounding with emotions varying with beautiful voices of an angel to that of the feeling of being ravaged by abominations desecrating your peaceful mind.

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With an intro, outro and only a few actual songs sandwiched between, this album ‘Forgotten Pride’ has a mid-range pace to it that just stays the same through the very few actual songs in the album. The Austrian pagan black metal band Woodtemple have me intrigued to no end. woodtemple - forgotten pride digibook cover Continue Reading

Pirates, Booze, party and all out swashbuckling mayhem, Alestorm have all those bases covered and have definitely blown their previous albums out of the water with their latest release ‘Sunset on the Golden Age’. This band can be characterized in one word : “Freedom” which is what metal is all about and this band has plenty of it to show for. The buoyant lyrics coupled with the vocalist’s charisma throughout every song make this band stand out in many ways.

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