Kurgan Compass™

Album Review:
HULKOFF — ‘Ragnarök’

Swedish folk metal hero steps up the metal for ‘Ragnarök’ in two languages, has HULKOFF’s third solo album been worth waiting for?

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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EP Review: ‘Hardanger’ by Bjørnson & Selvik

Extraordinary folk duo Einar Selvik & Ivar Bjørnson release new two-track EP ‘Hardanger’ inspired by the history of their homeland in western Norway.

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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Album Review:
Herknungr — ‘Dauðadagr’

Herknungr’s new album ‘Dauðadagr’ shows the well of inspiration has not only evolved but also that it still runs deep within the British Nordic folk artist.

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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Album Review:
DROTT — ‘Orcus‘

Hailing from Bergen, Norway; DROTT is Arve Isdal (Enslaved), Ivar Thormodsæter (Ulver), and Matias Monsen. Their debut album ‘ORCUS’ is nothing short of amazing.

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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