Friday, May 29, 2009

Steve Von Till - If I Should Fall To The Field [2002]

Acoustic/Folk - USA
Project of the Neurosis frontman in a folk style reminiscent of Neil Young.
Haunted by the voices of generations past, Steve Von Till’s delicate and intense songs have the rare ability to speak for one while they speak for us all. The album is simultaneously universal and personal - with each exposed nerve of the artist’s life, it demands that we reveal the same.

01.Breathe 05:42
02.To The Field 06:35
03.My Work Is Done 02:45
04.Hallowed Ground 05:15
05.This River 05:07
06.Running Dry (Neil Young cover) 04:53
07.The Wild Hunt 05:27
08.Am I Born To Die? 04:05
09.Dawn 03:54
10.The Harpy 02:28


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Värttinä - Aitara [1994]

Finland’s Värttinä are distinguished by the fact that they have invented a unique roots-based vocal/instrumental style combining traditional Finno-Ugric vocal elements with original compositions and dynamic performance. Blending ancient Finnish runo poetry, distinctive vocal harmonies, traditional and modern acoustic instrumentation, complex rhythms and imaginative arrangements, the front line of three female singers with backline of six acoustic musicians are forging their own path in contemporary music.

Folk - Finland
04.Niin mie mieltynen
05.Mie tahon tanssia
08.Outona omilla mailla


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hagalaz' Runedance Trilogy

Neofolk/Ambient Folk

Hagalaz' Runedance is one of several music incarnations of neopagan musician Andrea Haugen from Germany, which remained active roughly from 1997 to 2002. After her dark Aghast project, Andrea decided to explore the myths and magical tradition of her own culture. Thus she created the musical entity Hagalaz' Runedance. She explores the magic and spirituality of Northern Europe, bringing to life the forgotten wisdom, focusing particularly on the feminine mysteries and the goddess worship traditions.

The Winds that Sang of Midgard's Fate [1998]

01.When the Trees were Silenced 02:49
02.Behold the Passionate Ways of Nature 03:43
03.The Home that I will Never See 04:05
04.The Oath He Swore One Wintersday 03:43
05.Seidr0 4:14
06.Das Fest der Wintersonne ''Ein Weihnachtslied'' 03:40
07.A Tale of Fate ''Folksvang Awaits'' 04:25
08.When the Falcon Flies 02:44
09.Serenade of the Last Wolf 05:15
10.Mother of Times 04:20

Volven [2000]

01.The Dawning 04:53
02.Seeker Divine 04:29
03.Volven 03:36
04.Alva 04:08
05.Solstice Past 05:52
06.On Wings Of Rapture 03:03
07.Wake Skadi 04:30
08.Dreaming Wild White Horses 03:54
09.Your World In My Eyes 08:14
10.On Wings Of Rapture (Vision Of Skuld) 04:04


Frigga's Web [2002]

01.The Crossing 02:34
02.Hel: Goddess of the Underworld 03:53
03.Frigga's Web 04:38
04.Labyrinth 04:02
05.Little Light 03:05
06.Raven Night 03:32
07.Albion Autumn 02:09
08.Where the Lonely Souls Go 05:23
09.The Home That I Will Never See 04:21
10.The Soul of a Hound 04:16

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Luar Na Lubre - Saudade [2005]

A Coruña, Spain (1986 – present)
Luar na Lubre is a multi-awarded Folk/Celtic band from A Coruña, Galicia (Spain) formed in 1986. Most of their lyrics are in Galician (native language from Galicia), and they have many instrumental songs. One of their most popular songs ‘O son do ar’ (The sound of the wind) was covered by Mike Oldfield in his album ‘Voyager’, and former Luar na Lubre singer Rosa Cedrón was guest singer in his album ‘Tubular Bells III’.

Folk/Celtic - Spanish

02.Olla meu irmao
03.Cantiga do neno da tenda
04.Danza dos esqueletes
05.Domingo Ferreiro
06.Miña Nai
07.Pandeirada do Che
08.Lonxe da Terriña
09.Nova Galicia
10.Teu nome, Amarante
11.Galego guajiro
13.Tu Gitana

Saudade don't have translation in no language, shared for the Gallegos and Portuguese have a difference between both. For the Portuguese it is the absence of any thing, for the Gallegos is alone of the land, of Galicia, presence, that still being in it, but is not complete.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lantlôs - Lantlôs [2008]

The cold calling of our dying modernity, the German band Lantlôs is able to shape tasteful black metal and to switch inside their creation acoustic passages with a result that recalls of Ved Buens Ende and Amesoeurs. Lantlôs is a Distorted Aesthetic in the gloomy and fucked up obscure decadence, powerful disharmonic feeling is the artists palette to draw the listener to perdition and what may become a fatal introspection.
Black Metal - Germany

01.þinaz Andawlitjam 09:04
02.Mittsommerregen 08:09
03.Ruinen 08:34
04.Kalte Tage 06:59
05.Ëin 06:59


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Kauan - Lumikuuro [2007]

Kauan is a folk doom metal band from Chelyabinsk, Russia. Their music is a mix of neofolk and doom metal with black metal influences. In Kauan's music it is possible to find echoes of Shape of Despair ("Shades Of..." period), Agalloch, early Empyrium and Tenhi. The album "Lumikuuro" is based on the lyrics written in Finnish language.

Folk/Doom/Black - Russia

01.Alku 02:08
02.Aamu Ja Kaste 07:01
03.Lumikuuro 07:28
04.Savu 04:11
05.Koivun Elämä 06:27
06.Syleilyn Sumu 05:14
07.Villiruusu 05:17
08.Syleilyn Sumu (Akkustika) 05:11


Empyrium - Songs of Moors and Misty Fields [1997]

Empyrium started as a German symphonic folk doom metal band founded in 1994 by Markus Stock (mostly using the pseudonym Ulf Theodor Schwadorf) and Andreas Bach, but later Ulf T. Schwadorf separated from Andreas Bach and took Thomas Helm as his partner. Their first two albums, A Wintersunset and Songs of Moors and Misty Fields, can be considered doom metal with folk and symphonic influences. They combine harsh and operatic male vocals with deep slow guitar parts and atmospheric keys. Their music is heavy, dark and romantic.Two next albums, Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays and Weiland, are acoustic, and aren’t really related to metal. The genre of these albums can be defined as folk. Instead of keys they use acoustic instruments such as violin, cello, flute. The main theme is lead by monotonously repeated acoustic guitars. There are still operatic male vocals included, and in Weiland the band uses a choir. It still remains dark and melancholic, but Empyrium’s music lost its metal heavyness.The band draws most, if not all of its inspiration, from nature, as some of the album titles reveal. The lyrics are mostly in English, though in Weiland only German is performed. After their last album, Weiland, the band decided to stop recording.Discography…Der wie ein Blitz vom Himmel fiel…A Wintersunset [CD/2LP 1996]Songs of Moors & Misty Fields Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays [CD/2LP 1999]Drei Auszüge aus Weiland [7”EP 2002]Weiland [CD/3CD/2LP 2002]Members (line up):Ulf Theodor Schwadorf (real name Markus Stock) - guitars, bass, drums and vocals (also in The Vision Bleak, Noekk)

Dark Symphonic Folk Metal (early), Neofolk (later) - Germany

01.When Shadows Grow Longer 01:30
02.The Blue Mists Of Night 06:28
03.Mourners 09:18
04.Ode To Melancholy 08:48
05.Lover's Grief 09:12
06.The Ensemble Of Silence 09:53


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Artesia - Hilvern [2006]

Artesia started as a french female duet, which plays atmospheric music. The band was formed in Pleubian, France, in 2001 by Agathe (keyboards, choirs), and their first recording was made in june 2003 (8 titles/38 minutes), but the sound was very bad, and it couldn’t be distributed. Gaëlle joined the band in September 2003 and it was the beginning of the adventure. The first demo “l’Aube Morne” (5 titles/20 minutes) was recorded in September 2004 and is now sold out! On December 2005, Artesia signed a deal with Prikosnovenie, a French label specialized in faërie and world music. The first album”Hilvern” was released in February 2006. In June 2007, the new album ” Chants d’Automne” was released. In early 2008, Gaelle left the band for personal reasons. Agathe is now working on the third album, with the help of Loïc. You can find more information about the band on the website ( or on the label’s website (

Dark Ambient/Neoclassical - France

01. Une nuit en Hilvern
02. L'autre chemin
03. Rencontre avec la Dame
04. La clairière des fées
05. Une ancienne légende
06. Barenton
07. Prière au mortel
08. Les hommes ne se rappellent plus mon nom
09. Eveil et desespoir
10. L'abandonnée


Monday, March 30, 2009

Fjällstorm - Midnattssolen [2005]

Neofolk - France

01.Kveldstur i maneskinn 04:45
02.Ved ildsteden 03:38
03.Nattens sjel 02:26
04.De hvite vinterlandskapene 03:58
05.Hostdaggry 02:09
06.Sangen til harvet 03:17
07.Varen 03:45
08.Midnattssolen 05:06
09.Nordstillheten 05:14

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Drudkh - Кров у Наших Криницях [2006]

Drudkh, meaning “wood” in Sanskrit, is an atmospheric black metal band from Ukraine formed by Roman Saenko, the leading member of Hate Forest; Thurios, the leading member of Astrofaes; and Yuriy Sinitsky, of Lucifugum and Definition Sane. Their strongly folk-influenced music focuses on a strong atmosphere with a lot of feeling, and the lyrical contents embrace Slavic mythology, seasons and poetry. Many of the band’s lyrics are derived from the works of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Ukrainian poets, especially Taras Shevchenko.

Atmospheric Black Metal - Ukraine

01.Nav' 02:24
02.Furrows of Gods 08:57
03.When the Flame Turns to Ashes 10:37
04.Solitude 12:24
05.Eternity 10:37
06.Ukrainian Insurgent Army 05:04


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Wolves in the Throne Room - Diadem of 12 Stars [2006]

Wolves in the Throne Room is an atmospheric black metal band from Olympia, WA. Early on, the band received critical acclaim from black metal sources due to their extremely deep and textured music as well as epic songs reaching almost 25 minutes in length. Their blend of philosophy and professing ‘humbleness before nature’s power’ sets them apart from most other black metal acts on the scene today.

Black Metal - USA

01.Queen of the Borrowed Light 12:58
02.Face in a Night Time Mirror: Part 1 13:21
03.Face in a Night Time Mirror: Part 2 13:58
04.(A Shimmering Radiance) Diadem of 12 Stars 20:22


Thursday, March 19, 2009

October Falls - The Womb Of Primordial Nature [2008]

October Falls was formed in 2001 in Finland and recorded the first demos later at the same year, although that demo was sent only to a few individuals. After the recordings and a small break, new music was composed and the whole material slowly turned from melodic Dark Metal to all acoustic, that later was released as a part of October Falls “Tuoni”. After releasing another album in the vein of “Tuoni”, the style changed to folk based Black Metal with the EP “The Streams of the End”.

Neofolk/Black Metal - Finland

01.I 10:32
02.II 10:21
03.III 08:01
04.IV 09:17

Agalloch - Of Stone, Wind and Pillor EP [2001]

Atmospheric Folk/Dark Metal - USA

01.Of Stone, Wind, and Pillor 06:59
02.Foliorum Viridium 02:43
03.Haunting Birds 03:45
04.Kneel to the Cross (Sol Invictus cover) 05:54
05.A Poem by Yeats 08:39


Nebelung - Mistelteinn [2005]

Nebelung is a Neofolk group from Bonn, Germany formed in 2004. Made up of two Musicians; Stefan Otto who plays the guitar and does the singing. Thomas List, the second member of the band also plays the guitar. The group often has Cello and Violin in their music. The band’s name is the ancient German name for the month of November, during the fall. The band claims to feel a connection between the environment of November and their brand of music with its personal “mood” and “feel”. The band has also stated that Nebelung draws a lot of inspiration for their music from famed German philologist and Philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.

Neofolk - Germany
03.Abel Und Kain
04.Regen In Der Daemmerung

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Herbst - I: Prolog [2007]

Neo-Folk Black Metal - Germany

01.Aufbruch 03:10
02.Reise 02:20
04.der Weg 03:58
05.Am Bächlein 07:06
06.Untitled 07:49

Öröm - 8 [2006]

Öröm is a hungarian doom metal and dark ambient band that formed in 1998 in Kazincbarcika. The main themes adressed in your musics is melancholy, nature, void, despair…

Dark Ambient/Atmospheric Doom Metal - Hungary

01.Vágyódás 01:48
02.Csöndben 09:24
03.Sírok Között 11:00
04.Levél 05:08
05.Hangok 09:30
06.Egyszer 07:54
07.Mélyen Legbelül 10:08
08. ... 07:52
09.Beteljesedés 06:43


Monday, March 16, 2009

Abendröte - Abendröte EP [2007]

Dark Ambient/Melancholic Folk - Finland

01. Begynnelse
02. the Empire Falls
03. Förvrängning
04 Iltain


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Agalloch - The White EP [2008]

Despite their style being firmly grounded in the dark metal genre, Agalloch has always been a band who prefers experimentation over settling on a niche. The result has been three full-lengths and a handful of EPs that have bridged the gap between gothic doom, black metal, neo-folk, post rock, and industrial/ambient soundscapes. The band has earned a rabid cult following over the years due in part to their artistic & independent attitude, elusive aura, and scarce but volatile live performances.
Four years after their critically acclaimed sophomore effort "The Mantle", Agalloch delivers their new album, "Ashes Against The Grain". Always progressing, but never losing touch with their dark metal roots, the band's third album unites elements of black metal, Scandinavian prog, and post-rock with the band's signature brooding style.
Agalloch hails from Portland, Oregon - in the heart of the Pacific Northwest.

Atmospheric Folk/Dark Metal - USA

01.The Isle of Summer 03:58
02.Birch Black 02:40
03.Hollow Stone 04:15
04.Pantheist 07:17
05.Birch White 03:44
06.Sowilo Rune 05:40
07.Summerisle Reprise 04:55

This is acoustic album.


Wardruna - Runaljod - gap var Ginnunga [2009]

Wardruna is a Norwegian musical constellation set out to explore and evoke the depths of Norse wisdom and spirituality. Musically Wardruna has its main focus on the cultic musical language found in the near-forgotten arts of galder, seidr and the daily acts of the cultic life, mixed with impulses from Norwegian/Nordic folk music and music from other indigenous cultures.

Neofolk- Norway

01.Ár var alda
05.Heimta Thurs
10.Algir - Stien klarnar
11.Algir - Tognatale