Kurgan Compass™

KURGAN COMPASS™

Album Review:
Alien Weaponry — ‘Tangaroa’

September 21, 2021 — When Alien Weaponry emerged in 2018 they represented an immensely exciting new prospect in heavy metal. The band consists of singer and guitarist Lewis de Jong, drummer Henry de Jong, and bassist Tūranga-Morgan-Edmonds — their debut record Tū being a bold statement of personal and cultural identity centered around the trio’s heritage in New Zealand’s Māori culture.

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Alina Gingertail’s ‘King’s Bounty II’ Collaboration

September 18, 2021 — Following last month’s release of King’s Bounty II, Kurgan Compass™ wanted to highlight one of the game’s most outstanding features, namely its soundtrack. Specifically, the first piece of its musical encapsulation — ‘Greflet’s Song’. Before we jump into the melodies that join Kurgan’s quest to inform of the future of neofolk, let us head back in time — to the earliest days of King’s Bounty.

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Metallica Celebrates 30 Years of ‘The Black Album’

September 17, 2021 —  It is infrequent that you hear Weezer and Metallica in the same sentence. Maybe even less so that Miley Cyrus’ name gets thrown into the mix. Yet the September 10 release of Metallica’s The Metallica Blacklist brought together a collaboration of artists from all across the spectrum.

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Weekly Roundup:
Bjørnson/Selvik, SYR, Fenris

September 5, 2021 — For those in a dark and mysterious mood, perhaps longing for a little fantasy, this week’s roundup of neofolk releases delivers. It has not been a hefty week for Kurgan Compass’ roundup, but it does not have to be when the material released is the kind that latches on and stick.

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Video Games Weekly:
‘Song of Iron’ and More

September 4, 2021 — Though this week’s releases are a bit light as much bigger months loom ahead, there are still more than enough for game players and fans of murkier moods to celebrate. Let us dive right into September’s first edition of Video Games Weekly!

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ALBUM REVIEW:
OSI AND THE JUPITER — ‘STAVE‘

September 2, 2021 — Osi’s new album Stave aptly is not only inspired by the Appalachian mountains but also draws inspiration from “spell staves” — so-called “galdrastafir” in the Old Norse language, geometric sigils usually carved on wood for practicing “white hat” nature magic in medieval Iceland.

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Epic August:
Top Three Game Trailers

August 31, 2021 — What is the best part of a new video game reveal or new content? Well, that all depends on how good the accompanying trailer is. Typically cinematic and offering very little gameplay footage, these trailers are intended to fuel the hype train. FULL STORY »

Video Games Weekly:
Nine New Notables

August 29, 2021 — It is time for another week of dark and atmospheric games for players to enjoy, and there is plenty to choose from, no matter what platforms they prefer. Whereas one title invites players to explore Egyptian history, another blends the entertainment of gaming with a heavy metal experience rendered in gorgeous pixel style.

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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Foresaga, Osi and the Jupiter, HULKOFF

August 28, 2021 — Kurgan Compass prides itself on revealing the newest, most exhilarating music discoveries rooted in ancient myth, dark mystery, and unknown history. This week, we touch upon the new album Stave by US neofolk masters Osi and the Jupiter, the ferocious latest record from Swedish Viking metallers Thyrfing, and more.

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Single Release:
HULKOFF — ‘To Valhalla’

August 27, 2021 — Swedish metal artist HULKOFF has debuted new single ‘To Valhalla’ — in two languages — ahead of the October release for his third LP, Ragnarök. As with his previous releases, tracks are released in Swedish and English respectively — with both iterations losing nothing in translation, as groove, rhyme, and power of intent remain strong.

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Album Review:
Fornsken — ‘Galder Jag Kväda Kan’

August 26, 2021 — Founded (and masterminded) by Swedish musician Andreas Axelsson (presumably no relation to the ex-Marduk and Edge of Sanity musician of the same name), his project’s latest album Galder Jag Kväda Kan represents the final part of a trilogy two years in the making, exploring Nordic culture and music.

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Weekly Roundup: Fornsken, Kati Rán, Anilah, and more

August 21, 2021 — Here at Kurgan Compass™ we endeavor to bring you the best of myth-driven and otherworldly music, be that neofolk, dark ambient, or folk metal. This week we turn our ears towards new tracks from Darkher, Anilah, Fornsken, Hindarfjäll, and a new undertaking for Dutch-Frisian neofolk solo artist Kati Rán. FULL STORY »


Livestream Look:
NYTT LAND — ‘RITUAL’

August 20, 2021 — While the wedge of isolation has long continued to separate artists and audiences, it is time once again to indulge in the ritual of live music; that innately tribal experience of connection through the power of sound between the skalds and the tribesmen. The hotly anticipated live show for ‘Ritual’ by Shamano-Norse folk outfit NYTT LAND delivers.

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Video Games Weekly:
Release Roundup

August 15, 2021 — Though it is unlikely to expect many new game releases until the holiday season ramps up in a few weeks, there were a few notable arrivals in the world of video games this week. That includes a much-anticipated expansion to the latest Assassin’s Creed, a new 4K-capable version of the award-winning Hades for the new Xboxes and PlayStation 5, and the peculiar Black Book based on Slavic mythology. FULL STORY »


Weekly Roundup: TVINNA, Osi and the Jupiter, Mörkriden

August 15, 2021 — Kurgan Compass™ strives to cover grounded, genuine neofolk and related folk metal on a weekly basis — and each week has proven to be feast or famine so far. This one was a feast though, bringing an aura of celebration with new material released by TVINNA, Osi and the Jupiter, NYTT LAND, and Mörkriden — a new, mysterious Sweden-based folk project. Plus, Munknörr announced a collab with Runahild.

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Game Review:
‘Hades’ Refreshed

August 14, 2021 — Last year’s Windows and Switch releases of Hades were met with critical acclaim, and shortly thereafter, Sony and Microsoft versions were announced. Mark Ottarp has reviewed the new console edition while Kaspar Ravn took the opportunity to ask Supergiant’s Creative Director, Greg Kasavin, about the update’s 4K support and performance.

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Upcoming Series:
‘Vikings: Valhalla’

August 13, 2021 — One hundred years after the end of his era, the echoes of Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons can still be heard from the far reaches of Scandinavia and Finland, as the followers of Odin have not been forgotten. History Channel began its historical fantasy drama Vikings in 2013, which in the modern-day and age can feel like an eon.

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Interview: Anatoly “Shaman” Pakhalenko (NYTT LAND)

August 12, 2021 — NYTT LAND, the enigmatic neofolk duo from the frostbitten, dark, and brooding woods of Siberia ascends as one of the more captivating musical forces in neofolk. The folk music pair is set to weave an abundance of rituals through the release of their recent album that is so named — Ritual. FULL STORY »


Album Review:
Nytt Land — ‘Ritual’

August 7, 2021 — Hailing from rural Siberia, NYTT LAND’s ancestral connections to Norse mythology remain uncertain at best. But, when it comes to the assertion that identity equates to authenticity, the artist trio who forms the eclectic NYTT LAND dispels that notion entirely.

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Weekly Roundup: NYTT LAND, Moonloom, Sun Dance Moon

August 6, 2021 — As Earth spins into August while the hay-making days of Norse summer month “Heyannir” draws to a close, Kurgan Compass’ neofolk adept James Paterson has harvested some interesting hearsay for the folk-minded in this week’s news roundup.

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