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Weekly Roundup: Faun, Bjarla, Sun and Moon Dance, Erdling, and more

December 5, 2021 — This week’s roundup is absolutely jam-packed with great music from fantastic artists. Featuring singles from Faun and Bjarla, a three-track sampler for the upcoming album by Sun and Moon Dance, and the new albums released by Erdling and Gåte. Whether you prefer metal or folk, there’s more than enough to whet your appetite.

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Interview:
Stephanie Economou
on ‘AC: Valhalla’ and more

December 3, 2021 — Behind every good video game is typically a soundtrack that helps fuel the epic conflict unfolding on screen. Kurgan-resident James Paterson recently caught up with Stephanie Economou, the composer behind the 14-piece soundtrack for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: The Siege of Paris that was released in August.

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Weekly Roundup:
Einar Selvik returns to Valhalla, Nattramn is born, ‘Hildring’, Danheim, Etc.

November 28, 2021 — Kurgan Compass™ listeners can rejoice for this week’s roundup as we have been blessed with a wide range of music from a variety of folk artists. From the traditional elements of Danheim’s new single ‘Tivar’ (“Gods” in Old Norse) to more experimental tracks like Errrilaz ‘Valhalla’, this roundup is a smorgasbord of hypnotic songs inspired by ages past.

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Album Review:
HULKOFF — ‘Ragnarök’

November 20, 2021 — Considering the dominance of Scandinavian folk metal in the late 90s, it is amazing how folk metal has exploded and become a key factor in the ascension of global metal, with acts as diverse as The Hu, Bloodywood, and Nine Treasures flying the flag for how folk metal allows international artists to explore a love for the genre while championing their national and cultural identities.

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Weekly Roundup: Kalandra teams with game developer; Munknörr and Pororoka drops new, official videos

November 19, 2021 — The week is not done until music fans have read up on the latest neo- and dark folk tracks that have been released recently. There is plenty to enjoy in this roundup, with many of the tracks (successfully) relying on the power of string instruments to carry the signature sounds of Norse culture (while we have heard some of the tracks before, new music videos provide a fresh, different experience.)

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EP Review: ‘Hardanger’ by Bjørnson & Selvik

November 17, 2021 — Whether you prefer the black metal sound of Enslaved or the more traditional folk ambiance from Wardruna, one cannot understate the impact Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik have had on their respective genres. It should come as a surprise to no one that great things happen when these two musicians work together, like their 2018 album Hugsjá.

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Weekly Roundup: Urferd, Dreyma, Gåte, and Metalx2

November 14, 2021 — With another week of sparse releases, Kurgan Compass™ readers need not worry as what has been released is top quality. We bring the best new music from artists like Dreyma and Gåte, a teaser for the upcoming debut album by Swedish artist Urferd, and a solid metal collaboration by Peyton Parrish and Jonathan Young, and then some.

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Album Review:
Herknungr — ‘Dauðadagr’

November 12, 2021 — Ever prolific, British one-man neofolk project Herknungr (a customized, “artistic license” Old Norse spelling for “warrior king”) has released four albums in 2021 alone. In doing so, Herknungr has been able to explore myriad tones and facets of his Nordic-inspired soundscapes.

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Weekly Roundup: Taking Notes from History

November 6, 2021 —  This week’s roundup features a number of songs that each takes inspiration from past events or music. Whether it be a region of Norway, an old folk ballad, or one of the most famous events of World War I, these artists have brought the past to the present.

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Weekly Roundup: Blending Heavy Metal and Neofolk

October 31, 2021 — The past week in neofolk and related metal was definitely a slim one. Thankfully, slim as they may be, the releases that caught our attention happen to deliver an eclectic assortment of music and news that genre fans will totally enjoy diving into.

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Weekly Roundup:
Deadsy, Folksy, Metalsy

October 23, 2021 — Making up for last week’s relatively sparse roundup, this one is brimming with thunderous vocals, rhythmic melodies, and the folksy sounds of Norse culture. A septet of artists unknowingly pooled together to deliver on a stellar playlist fit for the Kurgan Compass audience.

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Weekly Roundup:
Yggdrasil & Serpent Kings

October 17, 2021 — Today’s weekly roundup may look sparse on the surface but is, in fact, abundant as the past few days were graced by releases from two highly competent neofolk artists pulling some lesser-known inspiration from the roots of Nordic culture and in doing so deliver two tracks that both have fascinating stories to tell — coupled by great performances.

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Weekly Roundup: Hrafngrímr, Skugga, Fabrizio Brugnera

October 10, 2021 — Fans will agree there is often something ritualistic about the pounding rhythms and haunting vocals of neofolk as if each track is calling upon some greater being. It is the magical blend of antiquated sounds of generations gone and modern musical concepts that keep listeners engrossed in various folk compositions.

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Interview:
Will Hunter — Vévaki

October 9, 2021 — Kurgan Compass™ speaks to Vévaki’s frontman and founder Will Hunter about where the band is heading next, a bit about the musical stylings of last year’s Edda album, the instrumentation necessary to create ancient music, the new band members, and more.

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Album Review:
DROTT — ‘Orcus‘

October 6, 2021 — Norwegian trio DROTT’s debut album ORCUS is a fascinating, memorable, and stylish journey through multiple genres all the way to the underworld and back again. Released in late September, DROTT’s LP invokes the works of Inon Zur’s Fallout and Alexey Omelchuk’s Metro soundtracks alongside the post-rock cinematics of Explosions In The Sky.

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Album Review:
Heldom — ‘Vaknan’

October 5, 2021 — As a child, Janus Pedersen was fascinated by drums. Perhaps then, this explains the prevalence of percussion found in his dark-folk project Heldom. Surprise-launching his second album Vaknan a year after releasing his first LP, Heldom again taps into the neofolk tide.

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Video Games Weekly:
Death, Fury, and the Devil

October 2, 2021 — In this weekly roundup, several smaller developers take the spotlight with dark narratives and brutal gameplay. Worlds of darkness and madness tear through the fabrics of reality, their morose and Grimm imagery a telltale sign of a blood-soaked future. These stories, crafted by shadow-soul imaginations, are what graces the gaming fabric of Kurgan Compass™.

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Epic September:
Awesomest Gametrailers

September 30, 2021 — From a writer trapped in the hell of the Pacific Northwest to the rise of the Sith, September featured a bevy of video games we cannot help but board the hype train for. Thanks to the PlayStation Showcase on September 9, players were treated to some dark, gothic, and fantastical tales that we are sure will satiate that appetite for the macabre that so many gamers share.

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Weekly Roundup: Heldom, DROTT, HULKOFF, and more

September 26, 2021 — The last couple of weeks have barely seen any neofolk releases at all. This week, however, things seem to have kicked into gear again as the colder weather of the Northern hemisphere sinks its teeth into daily life. A blend of neofolk and wolf-like metal round out a busy seven days, providing listeners with stirring sounds of bygone eras.

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Video Games Weekly:
Demons, Disciples, High Seas

September 25, 2021 — We are approaching that time of year when it is all about the holidays — hence news trickles out at a slower pace than usual. Thankfully, developers are still serving up cooked gamer meat which this week has resulted in a trio of rather notable titles. As we aim for quality over quantity, only games fitting the Kurgan ethos have been included.

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