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Single-Season Overview: ‘The Lost Pirate Kingdom’ (2021)

March 25, 2021 — Netflix’s The Lost Pirate Kingdom wastes no time in getting underway with its story, the six-part docudrama diving straight into the story of the age of piracy and the historical events that saw the founding of Nassau and the rise of figures like Blackbeard, Anne Bonny, Charles Vane, and Benjamin Hornigold. READ MORE ››


How ‘Resident Evil: Village’ Ties Into Previous Entries

March 24, 2021 — Capcom’s legendary Resident Evil franchise, having celebrated its 25th birthday on March 22, has never been afraid to experiment with its formula. The much-anticipated entry into the horror series, Resident Evil: Village, looks to be no different, with a heavier focus on action — FPS-style — compared to its predecessor, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. READ MORE ››


Introducing ‘Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace’

March 21, 2021 — A spooky new launch trailer has dropped for the upcoming indie game, Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace, ahead of its March 23 release. The trailer showcases a variety of Lovecraftian horror to inform what players can expect, and it also implies the inclusion of jump scares and a plethora of psychological elements. READ MORE ››


The New Krew: Remaking ‘Mortal Kombat’ With Grit

March 20, 2021 — Bringing video games to the screen in live-action has a storied, and oft cursed history. With many flops, near misses, and catastrophes. Just over 25 years ago, a prolific director of video game adaptations Paul W.S. Anderson — with Resident Evil and Monster Hunter now also under his belt — was considered to have broken this curse in 1995 with his Mortal Kombat. READ MORE ››


Slipknot-Legend Corey Taylor Talks of Next Album

March 12, 2021 — While talking to Matt Pinfield of website/channel 95.5 KLOS’ New & Approved series, Taylor said the band has kept busy working on the follow-up to 2019’s album We Are Not Your Kind. READ MORE ››


Will Neofolk Artists Embrace Live Streaming?

March 9, 2021 — Norwegian neofolk legends Wardruna’s upcoming live show First Flight of the White Raven will be unveiled on Friday, March 26. The event is meant as a virtual special-show to celebrate their spectacular fifth record Kvitravn. READ MORE ››


‘Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan’ Series Review

March 8, 2021Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan covers one of the most violent periods in Japanese history — the Sengoku Jidai. The vicious rivalry, open warfare, and dynastic intrigue that was set in motion lend themselves well to semi-fictionalized drama.

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Historical Drama ‘The Dig’ Sets The Record Straight

March 5, 2021 —  Based on true events and set against a backdrop of a troubled Britain preparing for World War 2, The Dig has all the makings of an Oscar-bait period drama before the first shovel even hits the dirt. READ MORE ››


:NODFYR:’s ‘Eigenheid’ Album Delivers Ancient Holland

March 4, 2021 — Hailing from the Gelderland region in the Netherlands, heathen folk/black metallers :NODFYR: have forged compelling music inspired by the language, nature, culture, and history of their homeland since 2011 — the band sings exclusively in Dutch. READ MORE ››


The Vikings Series: 6 Seasons of Anglo-Nordic History

March 1, 2021 — When Vikings first aired in 2013 the historical fantasy genre was already well underway with its takeover of popular TV. From The Tudors and Camelot to The Borgias and Spartacus, networks had become invested. Creating big-budget dramas that utilized historical and cultural records to craft compelling viewing. All paled in comparison to the behemoth Vikings would become. READ MORE ››


EP Review: Wolvencrown — ‘A Shadow of What Once Was’

February 26, 2021 — Much like their genre compatriots Winterfylleth and Wodensthrone, Wolvencrown have managed to conjure the very scent and texture of the deep and damp woods through their craft. This simultaneously imposing and awestriking aural environment continues to be at the forefront of Wolvencrown’s sound in their new EP: A Shadow of What Once Was. READ MORE ››


Rogue-Lite ‘Curse of the Dead Gods’ Is Habit-Forming

February 25, 2021 — As with most rogue-lite games, players fight their way through randomly generated levels while collecting weapons and upgrades. Death is more than common in Curse of the Dead Gods and players must often restart from scratch. Hardly news for those familiar with the genre. READ MORE ››


How Important is Historical Accuracy in Video Games?

February 25, 2021 — Some game developers strive hard for historical accuracy when including settings and characters from the past. While others allow themselves creative freedom in their depictions of history. READ MORE ››


Herknungr Drops Surprise Single Release on Bandcamp

February 24, 2021Herknungr has just released folk music single “ÆngleTribe”. Which bears a title that hints at the Germano-Danish people who gave England its name. READ MORE ››


Neofolk Project ‘Tvinna’ Fuses Electronica With Folk

February 22, 2021 — All too often, Norse culture is associated with men and war. Often in contradiction to the prevalence of women in both mythology and historical records. The popular perception of Nordic culture often centers on the man’s role in society. READ MORE ››


‘Little Nightmares II’ Is a Tense, Thrilling Experience

February 18, 2021 — The 2017 release of Little Nightmares was a critical success. With players guiding protagonist Six through harrowing, side-scrolling levels, grotesque enemies, and well-designed puzzles. Now, Swedish developer Tarsier Studios looks to build on this formula with this sequel. READ MORE ››


‘Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood’ Is Extremely Disappointing

February 11, 2021 — The latest in the World of Darkness series, Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood tells the story of werewolf Cahal, and the struggle of his tribe against evil militarized oil corporation, Endron. READ MORE ››


‘Black Myth: Wukong’ Gets Impressive Gameplay Trailer

February 9, 2021 — This new video shows off impressive gameplay for the upcoming souls-like Black Myth: Wukong. Powered by the ubiquitous UE4 game engine. Which could very well migrate to Unreal Engine 5 before release. The trailer below depicts fighting mechanics which seem to offer a wide variety of well-timed attacks. .. READ MORE ››


Hrafngrímr releases new Single ‘Fylgja’

January 30, 2021 — Folk music act Hrafngrímr has released a new single entitled Fylgja. A newly formed group spearheaded by German-born Mattjö Haussy. A former vocalist/instrumentalist of the Franco-Nordic super-folk group Skáld. READ MORE ››


‘Björth’ Brings Heathen Mix of Dark Folk Artist Collabs

January 28, 2021 — Germany is by no means unfamiliar with the principles of dark Nordic folk music. Though the country’s folk offerings have most often skewed towards medieval aesthetics and execution — giving rise to the folk metal subgenre known as medieval metal in the process, the country’s engagement with wider folk subgenres and scenes has.. READ MORE ››


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