Kurgan Compass™

Album Review:
Heldom — ‘Vaknan’

Danish neofolk artist Heldom embraces autumn with release of Viking-inspired surprise album oriented to the darker side of the heathen spectrum.

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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Album Review:
Alien Weaponry — ‘Tangaroa’

Performing in the Te Reo Māori language mixed with English, New Zealand thrash-metal warriors assert themselves with a pinch of folk on second album.

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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ALBUM REVIEW:
OSI AND THE JUPITER — ‘STAVE‘

Energized by Norse rune magic and the Appalachian, Osi and the Jupiter’s fourth album strikes an exemplary balance between neofolk and mountain music.

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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Album Review:
Fornsken — ‘Galder Jag Kväda Kan’

While the world of Nordic folk often favors those with ambition and ingenuity, there is still a lot to be said for the musical triptych crafted by Fornsken.

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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