Kurgan Compass™

Album Review:
Nattramn – ‘Sonatorrek’

Continuing in the tradition of the Old Norse skaldic poets, Nattramn takes pains to transform long past laments into living music.

March 22, 2022 — The darkfolk flair of Sweden’s Andreas Axelsson’s Nattramn project has time and time again taken inspiration from the poetry, language, and culture of the Nordic people, with most of his previous releases focusing on the characteristics of the mysteriously enthralling Elder Futhark runes.

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Album Review:
Bloodywood — ‘Rakshak’

Bloodywood is an Indian folk metal band formed in 2016 in New Delhi. The group has moved on to the world stage from its humble beginning of parody metal covers.

February 22, 2022 — Few bands can weave a sense of culture and space as coherently and forcefully on a first effort as Bloodywood has. Distinctly at odds with a genre that is settled between the cultures of Europe and the steppes, the Indian folk metal fusion of Bloodywood’s Rakshak debut album.

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Album Review:
Ereb Altor – ‘Vargtimman’

Embracing Norse mythology, blackened Viking Metallers Ereb Altor return with shades of light and dark with their epic, partially Swedish-sung ninth record.

January 22, 2022 — The hour of the wolf is upon us with Swedish black metal outfit Ereb Altor’s latest. Epic riffs and synth follow the deep choral chants of Vargtimman (“The Hour of the Wolf”), evoking all the grimness of black metal, but leaning into modern power metal fare and Norse myth with its soaring peaks and deep troughs, filled with low chugging bass and satisfyingly sinister drum fills on opener ‘I Have The Sky’.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla:
‘Weft of Spears’ EP Review

Wardruna’s Einar Selvik once again finds himself composing a video game soundtrack. And who better to create music for the Assassin’s Creed Viking title?

January 6, 2022 — Einar Selvik is a name any folk music household should know, a multi-instrumentalist, probably best known for his work in Wardruna. Leaving the world of the artist-driven music industry, Selvik as of late has found himself composing soundtracks for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla?

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