Kurgan Compass™

Wardruna Reinvigorates
Neofolk With LP ‘Kvitravn’

Newly released album towers above its contemporaries.

January 20, 2021 — Sometimes it just takes the masters coming back home to remember just how ahead of the game an A-class band like Wardruna truly are within the folk sphere. FULL STORY »

Bloodbound Kicks In January ‘When Fate Is Calling’

January 16, 2021 — Symphonic metal band Bloodbound’s music has remained constant throughout its career. Almost becoming a Swedish heavy metal institution since its inception in 2004. FULL STORY »

Album Review:
Draugablíkk — ‘Verjaseiðr’

December 29, 2020 — While 2020 has cast a shadow of uncertainty (the music industry being no exception), the Draugablíkk project – like many similarly ambitious dark Nordic and neofolk creative projects that have hunkered down to create new releases amidst rolling lockdowns – has continued to be prolific. FULL STORY »

Herknungr’s ’Langfeðgar’ Is Anglo-Saxon Folk

December 9, 2020 — Herknungr’s professed love for industrial and ambient music is front and center on his sixth record Langfeðgar. Established by English multi-instrumentalist Alex McCree, the entire Herknungr project has exhibited a steady yet undeniable progression.. FULL STORY »

Einar Selvik’s Soundtrack Spin-Off Is An Expansion

November 26, 2020 — As one of the foremost recognizable authorities on Nordic folk music — particularly thanks to his work with Wardruna — Selvik’s knowledge and skills were an invaluable resource in crafting the immersive soundtrack to the smash-hit videogame Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. FULL STORY »

Sun and Moon Dance Strips Back, Single ‘Harvest Moon’ Turns A Capella

November 19, 2020 — Sometimes it is important to remember that folk music  particularly within the contemporary pagan and Nordic folk pantheons is seen as a way to connect inner human emotions with cultural history, mythology, and nature itself. It is in this spirit that North Carolinian music project Sun and Moon Dance returns with.. FULL STORY »

Unnr MINDBEACH with Borgar Magnason

November 11, 2020 — Nordic folk’s Frisian extraordinaire Kati Rán returns with a new single Unnr MINDBEACH. With Borgar Magnason and members of Gaahls Wyrd/Theodor Bastard.. FULL STORY »

Norse-French folk project SKÁLD returns with ‘Viking Memories’ Album

October 29, 2020 — Despite its prevalence in contemporary popular culture, the influence of Norse tradition and mythology remain largely centralized to the Scandinavian peninsular, Iceland, and parts of the.. FULL STORY »

Hulkoff’s ‘Pansarfolk’ is Wild Folk Metal Brilliance

October 6, 2020 — Back in 2017, Swedish composer and metal extraordinaire Pär Hulkoff embarked on his first solo musical odyssey. Worlds away from the staccato-industrial metal stylings of Raubtier (a highly successful band he created in 2008 and has fronted ever since) and the sunshine-and-Western-soaked vibes of his.. FULL STORY »

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