Our Top 10 Albums of 2022 (First Half)

Today we present you our favourite albums from the first half of the current year. Aidan: 1. Véhémence – Ordalies 2. Fer de Lance – The Hyperborean 3. Ash of Ashes – Traces 4. Vanaheim – Een verloren verhaal 5. Aara – Triade II: Hemera 6. Iron Griffin – Storm of Magic 7. Mamorlis – […]

Review: Ash of Ashes – Traces

Release: 13/05/2022 There is no question that man will eventually perish from his hubris. The conviction that we can tame nature and exploit it as we please will inevitably lead to our downfall. Compared to the splendour of our planet, we are nothing, whose existence will be long forgotten when the earth continues to turn […]

Manilla Road Special (36): Andrew Halliday (Culloden)

In the 36th part of our Manilla Road Special, Andrew Halliday, singer and bassist of the English heavy metal band Culloden, has his say. We hope you enjoy the read. André: Would you classify Manilla Road as an important source of inspiration for your music? Andrew: For my own music I can’t cite them as […]

Review: Fer de Lance – The Hyperborean

Release: 22/04/2022 As announced, we present you two reviews of this album. Today it’s Aidan’s turn. In order to create a perfect record, a timeless piece of art, it is in my opinion is essential that it has an overarching atmosphere which in itself is conclusive and consummate. Due to this it is hardly surprising […]

Review: Fer de Lance – The Hyperborean

Release: 22/04/2022 It is certainly no exaggeration to claim that the vast majority of our readers are mainly waiting for two releases this year: Gatekeeper’s second studio album and Fer de Lance’s full-length debut The Hyperborean. The latter has already been in front of us for a few weeks – and I can already reveal […]

Playlist: Day of Valkyries 22

Today is a special day, even though it shouldn’t have to be. Some may deny it, yet still women in many parts of their lives have to face inequality and discrimination on a regular basis. Some might say that there a other things one should focus on right now, yet in reality this shows the […]

Review: Olórin – Through Shadow and Flame

Release: 29/06/2021 English version below Tolkien Doom Magic Das Jahr 2021 geht allmählich zuende – und als Reviewer schaut man, welche Platten man bis dato vernachlässigt hat. Olórins Debütalbum Through Shadow and Flame ist zwar bereits sehr oft in meinem CD-Player gelandet, allerdings habe ich es aus zeitlichen Gründen nicht rechtzeitig zum Release geschafft, ein […]

Live Report: Mead & Greed-Festival (01+02/10/2021)

Während mein geschätzter Freund und Kollege André diesen Freitag in Oberhausen war, um klassischen Stahl in dreifacher Besetzung beizuwohnen, verschlug es mich … ebenfalls nach Oberhausen. Allerdings hatte dieser musikalische Ausflug ein leicht anderes Ziel. Denn neben meiner Leidenschaft für den traditionellen Metal, bin ich als angehender Historiker auch ein Riesenfan von Folkmusik, sei es […]

Interview: Fer De Lance

Mysterious, Epic, Arcane! In my opinion the American three-piece Fer De Lance is the most intriguing band of the last year. Not only because of the quality of their amazing music but also because of the fact that only so little is known about the band. They truly are a band shrouded in darkness. Thus, […]