Kurgan Compass™


: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. FULL STORY »

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. FULL STORY »

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. FULL STORY »

Game Review:
‘Curse of the Dead Gods’

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. FULL STORY »

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. FULL STORY »

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. FULL STORY »

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. FULL STORY »

Game Review:
‘Werewolf the Apocalypse — Earthblood’

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. FULL STORY »

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‘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. .. FULL STORY »

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. FULL STORY »

‘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.. FULL STORY »

Team Ninja’s ‘Nioh 2’ Looks Incredible on Playstation 5

January 25, 2021Team Ninja is hard at work on The Nioh Collection and Nioh 2 – Complete Edition. And judging by the newly released 14-minute gameplay video of Nioh 2 running on the PS5, development is going well. Just look at that.. FULL STORY »

Danheim & Heldom Take On The New Year With Viking-Inspired Neofolk

January 24, 2021 — Danish folk music stalwarts Danheim and Heldom have released a surprise team-effort: .. FULL STORY »

Barbarians first (and likely only) season impresses

January 23, 2021 — Historical dramas can often lead to some of the finest cinematic moments in film and television. Leading the charge in the current zeitgeist is the German Original series Barbarians. FULL STORY »

Wardruna Reinvigorates
Neofolk With LP ‘Kvitravn’

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 »

‘Bloodborne’, ‘Demon’s Souls’ Series in Jeopardy?

December 24, 2020 — Terujuki Toriyama, producer of titles such as Bloodborne, Demon’s Souls, and Soul Sacrifice, announced he will be leaving Sony Japan Studio at the end of December. Speaking on Twitter earlier today, Toriyama thanked the fans for their support and noted that he intends to continue producing games in the future. FULL STORY »

Game Review:
’Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla’

December 16, 2020 — The holidays are upon us! Grab some eggnog, don a fuzzy sweater, and get ready to play some video games. Along with colder temperatures and stressful shopping, each holiday season brings a bevy of brand-new games from the biggest developers in the business. 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 »

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