"Haereticalia - The Night Battles" album by PANYCHIDA is out now. More details here.
01. The Wild Hunt Assembly
02. Procession of the Dead
03. The Night Consumes the Light
04. Josafat (The Gathering)
05. In Striacium (instr.)
06. Hunting the Witches
07. …For I don´t Cause the Evil
08. The Livonian Werewolf
09. Perchtenlaufen (instr.)
10. Alatyrĭ (live bonus track)
11. Three Pillars (live bonus track)
BMG released the SKYCLAD compilation "The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1991 – 1995.
This February, SKYCLAD got back together to work on the successor to the band’s 12th studio album „In the… All together“.
The band comments :
"We’re really excited about having Dave back in the band. He’s a fantastic guy, a great musician and songwriter! The whole band is really inspired, and we’re making good progress on the album. Most of the bits and pieces are there already. Even though we played a couple of ‘old school shows’ recently, the new LP definitely won’t be a thrash album; but it will be no typical folk metal album either. We’ll use all the options we now have – with 3 Guitarists, additional vocals, fiddle, keyboards, bass and drums – to create an album that will be the same but different“
SKYCLAD hopes to release the new album within the next 12 months.
MYRKVEDR decided to release a new EP entitled Tvenne Korpar (Two ravens) despite the band is still on hold.
The band said the following :
I would like to present a little dainty for all faithful fans out there. As we never pulled our broke asses together and got the songs mixed or mastered, we figured; "Hey, what the hell. Lets just give it to the people! Better then just leaving it here to slowly suffocate and die. Mixing is kind of gay, anyway..."
We actually recorded it in Bohus Studio where other kind of well known bands have worked, like "In Flames" and "Hardcore Superstar". We were there, recording this ep during Hardcore Superstars session for "HCSS" (2015). For the guitars we borrowed Jesper Strömblads amplifier, the very same amplifier that can be heard on "Legacy of kings" with Hammerfall. So here you go, "Tvenne Korpar" on bandcamp. It´ll be running on spotify in a few days!
Check our live video, recorded on 13th may-2016 in Budapest at our headline gig at Barba Negra Music Club. Unedited, uncut live documentary made with one camera. Setlist in the video description! said the band who recently released their unplugged record.
WINTERHYMN will release their album “Blood & Shadow” by june 17th. The full length is already avaialble for pre-order. Here is the artwork and the final track listing :
01. Blood of the Moon
02. Dream of Might
03. Blood Burner
04. Legacy in Flames
05. The Summoning
07. Silenced by the Northern Winds
08. In Shadow We Ride
10. The Wolf's Head
11. Into the Depths
12. The Chosen End
The double album "Klechdy" by THY WORSHIPER is now released. You can order to the label page.
Now, you can "explore the secrets concealed in 12 songs overfilled by sadness, aggression and spirit, which moves you in to places accessible hitherto for Guardians, Shamans, Witches and possessed. Thy Worshiper will surprise for the fourth time and will hit as never before by a story concealed in the music lasting an hour and a half".
TRACKLIST : CD I
01. Gorzkie zale [Bitter Griefs]
02. Wila [Water Nymph]
03. Marzanna [Madder] [ video ]
04. Halny [Foehn]
05. Post Coitum [Post Coitum]
06. Wschody [Sunrises]
BRYMIR released their new album "Slayer of Gods" in Japan. You can order to Amazon or that page. That edition includes two bonus tracks.
Max length of the album is 43 min (50 min with bonus tracks).
02. For Those Who Died
04. The Black Hammer
07. Slayer of Gods
08. Thus I Became Kronos
10. The Rain
11. Pantheon of Forsaken Gods
12. Battle for Pagan Might (bonus track)
13. Hymn for the Fallen (bonus track)
June 3rd is the release date for the rest of the world.
Satrina : lead vocals, percussions (bombo)
Demon Stone : bass
Frank : guitar, guttural vocals
Pablo : panpipes (rondador), tin wihstle, bagpipes, didgeridoo, fujara, Egyptian ney, flute, dulzainas, pifano, pingullos
Johan : drums, cajón
Andres : violin
BLACK MAGIC FOOLS shared one lyrics video for the song "Last Supper" taken from Soul Collector album and, despite I guessed the meaning of these lyrics, I worried if there is misinterpretation for that song. Thus, I asked the band to explain these lyrics for you, readers of Sword Chant : "This song is a very dark drinking song compared to the traditional drinking songs. It tells a story around people hiding in their homes and trying to avoid plague and disease coming knocking on their door. But instead of beeing depressed about all death around them the song encourages everyone to enjoy their life the best way they can by drinking and enjoying the time they have left! Everything may end by tomorrow".Black Magic Fools
Here is the lyrics video :
HIDDENLAND is a band from Ecuador. They are currently working on their debut album "Tierra de Dragones" (Dragons land) that is about the Galapagos Islands.
Inside are some songs such as "Fuego en el Alma" and "Promesa", about old traditions and legends from these islands and around Ecuador. Lyrics are poetic, pagan and naturalist.
Expect many Folk instruments used in this folk metal band, alongside clean and guttural vocals.
Early 2017 will be released "Tierra de Dragones" album.
I am happy to announce the transition started last year ended today. It took sometimes but that huge work was needed. Meantime, I also kept sharing music news.
The forum is definitly closed now. Same goes for the deviantart, youtube, and photobucket accounts. I would like to thank the members who contributed in the forum since the beginning of Sword Chant, and I would like to thank the ones who answered the polls I had launched.
I hope that you like the new changes here as I think things appear better for you, so is for myself.
Today, I worked on videos available on this site as previously explained. I updated eld and other minor changes here.
Left the event calendar that is not back. I'll think about this but later.
Thank you all for following Sword Chant!
Lately, I worked on lyrics and translations. Most of them are linked to the database that looks different since that isn't HTML page but a document file.
I am waiting for some permissions again for the content I didn't add to this site yet.
Meanwhile, you were some to contact me since I closed the youtube page for this site. I didn't think it would get much impact and then, I had opened a poll that revealed me divided answers of yours for both questions. So, I'll do what I had in mind : you'll get easy access to videos through one keyword in the menu that brings together official music videos and gigs for both folk metal and folk music.
However, I heard your voices regarding lyrics video. Now, you can easily find them to the lyrics database instead of the video keyword. I think that is better over there.
For the other videos, you'll have to select the "band" keyword to reach preview, or full albums available in video streaming, also because these stre…
01. Pirates of the Caribbean
02. The Imperial March (From "Star Wars")
03. Now We Are Free (From "Gladiator")
04. Lost Woods (From "The Legend of Zelda")
05. Big Bang Theory Theme
06. Elwynn Forest (From "World of Warcraft")
07. If I Had a Heart (From "Vikings")
08. Sailor Moon Theme: Moonlight Densetsu
09. My Heart Will Go On (From "Titanic")
10. The Hanging Tree (From "The Hunger Games")
11. M Little Pony Theme: Friendship Is Magic
12. Downton Abbey Theme
13. Into the West (From "The Lord of the Rings")
14. Star Wars
SUIDAKRA released their new album "Realms Of Odoric" available to their webshop.
TRACKLIST : 01. Into The Realm 02. The Serpent Within 03. The Hunter's Horde [ video ] 04. Creeping Blood 05. Undaunted 06. Lion Of Darcania 07. Pictish Pride [ video ] 08. On Roads To Ruin 09. Dark Revelations 10. Braving The End 11.One Against The Tide 12. Cimbric Requiem 13. Remembrance (Bonus track)
May 30th will be released the new album by PANYCHIDA. The full length is entitled "Haereticalia - The Night Battles" and deals with the Benandanti cult of northern Italy, inspired by the historian Carlo Ginzburg. The old legends of witches fighting for the crop and the good of thelocal community´s got its links also to other medieval and modern legends like those of the widespread “Wild Hunt” and “Perchtenlaufen” or those of the werewolves of Estonia. The musical attitude to the album is a bit different than to the previous one because it is coming up with some unexpected orchestral parts as well as with untypical compositions for the band so far.
I interviewed Leo from VETTEN ÄPÄRÄT band who recently released their debut album entitled “Syntyi Talven Kyynelistä" that means “Born from Winter's Tears”. 01. Hi Leo! 10 years ago was founded VETTEN ÄPÄRÄT. How did the idea emerge amongst the founders of the band ?
Sami Ferm had his personal reasons to start a band and found Anton at his high school. They bonded when Sami bought him drum sticks and got Anton to play for his band. They played with various people in various places in eastern Helsinki.
KING OF ASGARD will start the recordings for their new album by June.with reinforced line-up in Magnus "Devo" Andersson's Endarker studio and thus opens a new chapter in the band history, heading into a darker direction of Nordic metal.
The full length is entitled "Taudr". Jonas Albrektsson reflects :
“There have been major changes in all corners, within and around the band. After a short but necessary hiatus and after months of silence, we return to the surface. Charged with new blood, epic tunes and new label partners we're eager to finally set this in existence and substance and strike from a, to KING OF ASGARD, new and different angle. We've had the most perfect years behind us with great support from fans and partners and I'm confident you all will catch us up and still find satisfactory within our creations. Thus :taudr: will mark the coming of a new chapter in the KING OF ASGARD story, even further down the epic darkness".
HAGBARD released "Vortex to an Iron Age", their new album.
TRACKLIST : 01. Intro 02. Never Call The Sage To Drink In Your Home 03. Bridge To A New Era 04. Iron Fleet Commander 05. Last Blazing Ashes 06. Death Dealer 07. Relic of the Damned 08. Inner Inquisition 09. Deviant Heathen 10. Shield Wall 11. Outro
IRDORATH released their new album "Dreamcatcher" already available for streaming on Soundcloud. TRACKLIST :
02. As Bas
03. Tam Nikto
05. Dimna Juda
06. Wedding Theme 1
07. Wedding Theme 2
08. Tochka Otscheta
09. Byu Iost‘ Budu
01. Hej, virágom
02. Bor vitéz (részlet)
05. Vérző ima
07. A Galagonya
08. Úri toborzó
09. Szent László (részlet)
10. A dudás
11. Középeurópai Hobo Blues III
13. Téli ének
14. Bukott diák
I interviewed Velnias who founded ROMUVOS. ROMUVOS was a one-man band but earlier, I announced via the social networks there is a complete line-up for the band now and so, we discussed about ROMUVOS band in this interview and their new album out now. 01. Hi Velnias! Back in 2013, you founded ROMUVOS project. How came the idea ?
The Baltic tradition is strongly seeded in my family, it was a matter of time till I will let it burst through my music, after participating in few metal bands and as a musician with many years of creation, I finally came to the point where I write the music that is in my veins and blood.
At that time I was interested in the Romuvan ways, and what a better representing idea for a folk metal music, which is mainly on the Baltic tradition, than the romuvan name and flag.