Bands 2022
The sound of ÄERA is symbolic to the returning of origin habit of human being, and an accuse to
estrangement through modern mankind which is only powered by consumption. Further more it is a
scream of a disenchanted world, telling the story of pain, fear, desire and loss of mankind and nature.
The band combines atmospheric Black Metal with some elements of Post-Black Metal and parts of
folk sounding themes. ÄERA is impulsive, massive, earthly, whispering and unbound.

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In the beginning of 2004 Torsten, singer of the german Black Metal Band Nocte Obducta and live-guitarist of the austrian Black Metal Band Anomalie, decided to start his solo-project Agrypnie to realise his own ideas. Until today, Agrypnie released six full-length albums, one EP and a self-produced Demo-CD. In April 2007, after the release of the self-produced Demo-CD as well as the first full-length release „F51.4“, he decided to search for live musicians to play concerts. Agrypnie played different tours with bands like Dornenreich, Harakiri for the Sky, Totalselfhatred and Der Weg einer Freiheit. In 2019, Agrypnie signed to AOP Records. Torsten is currently writing the next full-length release and the band will enter the Studio at the end of this year.


When there was still the Highlandgames in Halle (Saale) at the racecourse, I heard the mystical sounds for the first time during a visit to the event. This fascinated me so much that a year later (2009) I decided after a visit to the Games again: "I want to hear that more often". What is more obvious than to learn the instrument itself. So - researched on the Internet, textbook, sample CD and Practice Chanter ordered - and off we went. Of course, that was not as easy as I thought, after all, the Scottish bagpipe is not one of the instruments you learn by the way.

In February 2011, in the newspaper, I read about an open day at a club in the Harz that deals with Scottish culture and music. There I met people who also shared the fascination for the Scottish culture and music scene.

From now on, I drove regularly to Gernrode or Quedlinburg and soon found a comrade from Allstedt. Because in the long run the one-hour drive was too much, we decided to relocate our training evening to Sangerhausen. For this we were provided by the district folk high school, the necessary premises.

Since 2011, I drove annually for one week to bagpipe school in Breuberg and also attended some workshops.

Here I would like to thank all teachers, friends and judges from the music scene for their help and patience.

Furthermore, we practiced diligently on Tuesdays in the district folk high school Sangerhausen. After a newspaper article, interested parties came forward ever

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Formed in 2010 as a Folk Metal project, Baumbart from Oberhausen in Germany has now changed their style into something very unique. Still rooted in their Folk Metal history, they exchanged their drums for a cajon, their electric guitars to accoustic ones and the keyboard has been replaced by a flute. Mouth harps, castanettes and polyphone singing complete the diverse sound of the sextett.
Lyrically the songs originate in the bands self-created fantasy world, in which proud dwarves, brave men and ancient dragons set out into all kinds of adventures.
Still as a folk metal band they released their debut album „To the Shores of Nórthór" in 2014 and switched to their acoustic setting soon afterwards to play on few concerts in the following years. In 2017 the band already played half a dozen of gigs until now and will for the first time play on a somewhat bigger festival in October, the Medieval Madness Festival in Nuremberg.
Within the next three months, the band will be in studio again to record their first acoustic style EP (working title: „Tales of the Sea").
To sum up: If you`re looking for unique, epic, acoustic folk rock music and stories about seafarers, merchants and heroes experience adventures, Baumbart is your choice!

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Belore is the French Epic Black Metal solo project of Aleevok (Darkenhöld) influenced
by heroic fantasy and medieval worlds.
Belore's debut album was a journey into forgotten lands, where each title told a story - a
world where landscapes, magic and medieval history exist side by side.
Continuing in this tradition, the second album features six captivating and varied songs
of Epic/Atmospheric Black Metal reminiscent of bands like Summoning, Caladan
Brood, Cân Bardd and even Sad Legend. The album transports listeners to a fictional,
medieval world where they can let themselves be carried away by their imagination.

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At the start of 2019 Boötes Void was born as side project of some musicians from Würzburg in
Germany.
But soon they realized, that they should give this project more attention. After some ideas that were
worked out and some line-up changes, the concept and line-up were quickly determined. The
songwriting was in full steam and the first thoughts about how and where the recordings could take
place, where already being made. The first concert took place, directly afterwards the band went to
the Soundbath Studios in Rothenburg to make the first recordings. And while they where looking for
the possibilities to release the first EP, the next live shows took place at the Saartanica Festival and
the Minas Morgul & Ctulu. 2020 startet with the release of the first record on Winterwolf
Tonschmiede and Narbentage Productions. With this on board some more live Rites followed to
enslave the crowd into the occult ban of Boötes Void. The first album (C.O.L.D.) followed in early 2022 and was released via Ketzter Records. Let yourself be inspired and carried away into the world of Boötes Void when the occult rite wraps the stage in its atmosphere.

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Founded in end 2016 by Malo Civelli as a one-man band, Cân Bardd mixes Atmospheric and Epic melodies with strong Black Metal sections. As real drums fit better than software with the project, Malo asked Dylan Watson (Kaatarakt, Kassoghta, AM:PM) to join him on drums. After 1 year of work and with the collaboration of talented musicians such as Mike Lamb (Sojourner) for the mastering process, the first album “Nature Stays Silent” was finally released on March 2018 through Northern Silence Promotion.

As the first effort was released, the second one was already on its way at Conatus Studio with Vladimir Cochet (Weeping Birth/Mirrorthrone). “The Last Rain” got released on the 22nd of February 2019 through Northern Silence Promotion again and the critics were unanime: the new sound and composition of Cân Bardd was a great evolution from the first album. In June 2019 Cân Bardd played its first show in its hometown Geneva. The band is now ready to take the road with band such as the Titans from Saor... and the journey starts in October...

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1997: CROM is founded as a tribute to the great Bathory
2000: CROM leaves DARK FORTRESS and finds time to concentrate all his attention on CROM finally. In the same year the first official demo is released (Promo 2000)
2002: In January CROM enters the Aexxys Art studio Schwandorf to record "The Fallen Beauty" EP. However, the studio undergoes refurbishment immediately after recording ends, causing the final mixing to be delayed, and the CD is not completed until June 2002.
Another self-produced MCD called Promo 2002 follows.
2004: Demo 2004 is recorded again at Aexxys Art Studio Schwandorf. These songs will be released later in 2006 at CROMS label Neocreation productions and on the vinyl version of „Vengeance“.
2004 to 2006: CROM is taking time to create songs for the upcoming album „Vengeance“ AND the second album „Of love and death“. Both albums are produced by CROM himself, and engineered by Victor Bullok „At The Crypt Studios“.
2007: February sees the completion of the new CROM album "Vengeance". CROM’s first live performance takes place in May when the band supports DARK FORTRESS. Later CROM will take part at the „Tales from the underground“ Festival.
2008: CROM signs a deal with german label Pure steel records. At 29th of August 2008 „Vengeance“ is released and later celebrated live at Swordbrothers festival.
2011: Vocal recordings and mixing of „Of love & death“ are done and the second album is released finally at

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In the winter of 2009,guitarists Von Kollage and Karlos founded a project named "Dark Pagan Thoughts". During the year 2010, they was looking for an other members to join.In summer joined the band drummer Alex and they started to work on the new material.Shortly, after drummer, his brother Crudelis, who is already playing in Amon and Fatality, joined the band on bass and vocals.After all, it is obvious, that it is clearly headed to a pagan-black metal sound.After a few gigs, Alex leaves the band and Petr (ex Orthodox) joined as a drummer.
In the spring of 2011, the "Dark Pagan Thoughts" project became a new band with new lineup and changed name to Dark Seal. The guitarist Karlos, who started to work on his own heavy metal project, leaves the band.Besides Crudelis, who swapped the bass with guitar, and Petr, the drummer, joins us our hellish brother Lord Sezarbil (SEZARBIL), who helped the band with programming and bass guitar.
So the band gets a new wind into the sails and the music gets a new dimension, and in the summer of 2012 is working on the new material that appeared on the first CD.
At the beginning of 2012, Dimi joined the band, who replaced Lord Sezarbil as a bass player, cause his time capacity with his native band Sezarbil.
In August 2012, the band released their first CD named "Pagan Thoughts vol.I" and the band also slowly put together new songs that will later appear on Pagan Thoughts vol.2 ...
In the fall of 2014, there were personal changes in

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The Ambient- and Atmospheric Black Metal project „Ellende“ was founded by multi-instrumentalist L.G. in the year 2011 in Graz, Austria, lurking on lyrical dephts between nature, existentialism, melancholy and anger, including classical instruments such as piano, strings and brasses. It turned into a live-project with session musicians after his first self-released EP „Rückzug in die Innerlichkeit“ one and a half years later.
As Ellendes self-titled debut album aired in 2013 the band started their first europe tour and completed their second EP „Weltennacht“ in the end of 2014. About 2 years later Ellende introduced their second fulllength „Todbringer“ which was regarded as one of the best atmospheric black metal outputs in 2016 by many critiques and nearly hit half a million views on Youtube.
Ellende, consisting nearly the same live-members as in the beginning, now is celebrating their third fulllength and fifth release „Lebensnehmer“ under AOP Records and returns to the stages stronger than ever.

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Through the entire creation Empyrium runs like a thread through string: the love of nature, tragedy and romance. Empyrium have already combined acoustic guitar and transverse flute in their romantic, dark metal compositions on their first albums 'A wintersunset' and 'Songs of moors & Misty fields' in order to lend a 'more natural' touch and to achieve their vision to a better depth. 'Songs of moors & Misty fields' already perfects this style hence why a new form of the feeling had to be found.

The radical but necessary step to a completely acoustic instrumentation is finally carried out. with 'Where at night the wood grouse plays'. Otherwise it cannot be claimed as authentic. The result was dark and idyllic songs that in combination with bombastic male voice choirs deliver a unique sound.

'Weiland' portrays the substance of Empyrium. Furthermore played acoustically it combines the atmospheric suspense of the first two albums (e.g. 'Kein Hirtenfeuer glimmt mehr', 'Nebel'). The musical spectrum of the project is enriched through the re-integration of drums and the introduction of instruments such as the viola, violin, bassoon or Mellotron so there is also lots to discover for those who already know Empyrium.

The album devotes itself entirely to natural mysticism. In its three chapters - Marsh, forest and water - Empyrium portray their view on nature in romantic and legendary ways.

'Weiland' will be Empyriums last album that implements the idea of the

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Swedish vikings and folk metallers Grimner incorporate folk instruments into their own melodic yet dynamic brand of metal. In 2018, the vikings celebrate their 10th anniversary as a band. During the bands 10 years of existence Grimner has established themselves in the folk metal scene: 3 album releases (plus 3 EPs), Korpiklaani tour support, and performing at festivals around Europe. In February this year Grimner released a new album “Vanadrottning” which has received outstanding reviews thanks to its dynamic, thrilling and fresh sound. To celebrate the album and their 10th anniversary, Grimner is hitting the road for club and festival performances around Europe. On stage Grimner gives a dynamic, intensive and jovial performance. No matter if you are a fan of folk metal or not – this is something you should check out!

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For well over two decades HELHEIM have represented their Norse heritage through their music and their lyrics, with an authenticity and an integrity that is frequently diluted within the so-called Viking genres. With "Rignir", the bands 10th album, Helheim again turned to their heritage when writing the poems that form the lyrics for the album, drawing inspiration from the ljóðaháttr, an Old Norse alliterative verse form used largely in the Eddas.
Helheim was founded in 1992 by V’gandr (Ørjan Nordvik) (bass, vocals) and H’grimnir (Tom Korsvold)(guitar, vocals), who shortly thereafter added drummer Hrymr (Frode Røsjø). The band began performing in local Bergen festivals, and in 1993, the band released their debut demo, Helheim, distributed only within Norway.
Soon after the release of their first demo, the band began working on new material, again as a three-piece after Nidhogg, who had joined the band briefly, left the band again. In mid-1994, the band's second demo, Nidr ok Nordr liggr Helvegr, ("Netherwards and Northwards lies Helheim") was released, and caught the attention of German label Solistitium (now Millennium Music). The band signed to the label and released their now classic debut album, Jormundgand (named for the World Serpent, Jörmungandr), which was recorded in Grieghallen in 1995. In 1996, Helheim followed up with a European tour.
After the tour, the band began recording their second album, Av Norrøn Ætt ("Of Norse Lineage"). With the rel

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KHORS, is a most significant band hailing from Ukraine, established on August 2004 in Kharkiv by skilled
musicians of Ukrainian metal scene. The bands first steps were reflected on debut album “The Flame of
Eternitys Decline” which been released by Ukrainian Oriana Music on Spring 2005 and the first print been sold
out for months. Musically the band represented mid tempo atmospheric Pagan back metal. Along with the work
on the second album, the band started to play live shows.
Second bands album “Cold” been released by Oriana Music in late 2006 and represented the band in much more
melodic way. The album got many positive reviews and later been released on LP.
Third album “Mysticism” became the band's the most significant. With the third album the band changed a label
for Paragon Records from USA and the band got even more distribution and positive reviews on the music which
turned into more atmospheric Pagan dark kind of black metal.
Fourth album “Return To Abandoned” brought the band to international level. The album achieved the highest
ratings, even more people discovered the band thanks to the Paragon Records distribution and the band started to
play at many European shows and festivals.
With the fifths record “Wisdom of Centuries” the band changed label for the famous major Candlelight Records
and “Wisdom of Centuries” became the 1st band's album performed on native tongue.
For the moment the band has

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The Viking metal veterans MÅNEGARM started out in 1995 in Norrtälje, Sweden and was one of the early bands to play pagan/Viking metal before this style became a big trend. The use of traditional instruments like violins and flute but also female vocals in their metal music came in early and over the course of nine studio albums the Swedes have developed their gripping mix of death/black metal, paired with well thought out folk arrangements. MÅNEGARM celebrated their 20th anniversary 2015 with releasing a brand new self-titled album "Månegarm" which received great reviews.

In 2018 Månegarm entered the studio to record their 10th studio album which is a conceptual album telling some fantastic stories based on great adventurous sagas such as “Hervararsagan”, “Völsungasagan” and “Saga om konung Ragnar Lodbrok och hans söner” (the Saga of King Ragnar Lodbrok and his sons) The album, named “Fornaldarsagor”, was released through Napalm Records the 26th of April 2019.

The brand new album: “Ynglingaättens öde”, has just been released, 15th of April 2022, via Napalm Records and this time the band offers a conceptual album based on the old Norse poem Ynglingatal. The poem tell us about a Swedish old Norse dynasty of rulers/kings of Uppsala and details their deeds, their rule and above all - their deaths.



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MOSAIC originates from Thuringia and was founded in 2005 by Martin van Valkenstijn to express his thoughts, ideas and visions. The concept behind MOSAIC is strongly influenced by regional customs, legends and traditions. The idea is to present and interpret old knowledge in its own way and thus lift it back into the consciousness of the new world. Since 2016 it is signed to the German label Eisenwald.

With the new album HEIMATSPUK, the Thuringian folklorists return to their black metal roots and deliver a primal symbiosis of atmospheric metal, mystical soundscapes and traditional Urfolk elements.

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Nocte Obducta was founded in 1993 by band head Marcel and is known for varied Black/Death Metal, enriched with styles such as Psychedelic, Punk, Art Rock and Stoner since the release of the album "Lethe" in the spring of 1999. The respective expression of the different influences varies greatly depending on which of the twelve previously released albums you pick. Onstage the band concentrates on a rather black metallic set, still maintaining a good dose of atmosphere and Rock'n'Roll. This winter, Nocte Obducta will record their thirteenth album and surely will be playing new material at the Dark Troll Festival.

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With “Rise of the Northmen” the long-awaited debut of the metal band Nordic Raid from Kiel, Germany finally appears. The album, which was produced entirely in-house, combines smashing death metal with melodic riffs.
Inspired by classic Swedish death metal, Nordic Raid also incorporates modern elements into the songs, which gives the quintet its very own sound.
Nordic Raid has already been able to stand on stage with well-known bands such as Surface, Durothar, Debauchery or Endseeker at a large number of festivals and concerts and win numerous fans.

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We are Obscurity - onwards into the battle!!!

Hammer-forged from the hardest steel of the Bergisch Land, cast in fire, formed upon the anvil of metal, hardened by the water of the Wupper river. A battle axe, so deadly and sharp - made of the same material as the world-famous blades of Solingen …

This is how you could describe the birth of Obscurity in Velbert (Bergisches Land) in early-1997. Five brave warriors though musically inexperienced, but full of bellicosity, with sparse beard growth and united in their passion for heaviest metal - formed a force named Obscurity.

Three of the five founding members Agalaz, Ziu and Dornaz are still active in the band and they still stand for what Obscurity figurative means. They say about themselves: We love to make music we like, music we can trust in and not this kind of music that somebody will dictate us to make! Our music is from metal heads to the metal heads. Already in the year 1997 they said: We make Battle-Metal, not more and not less! The music they make combined influences of Black-, Death-, Viking up to Heavy Metal music.

Obscurity is one of the first bands of the German death-/vikingmetal-scene and growed up to the spearhead and most important blade of this kind of the German metal music. Over the years they have recorded eight studio-albums that have already been fired on the metal-scene, but also in concerts the Bergisch Lions are a powerful force. They proved it at countless festivals and c

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RUADH (Pronounced "Roo-Ah") One man atmospheric black metal project from Glasgow Scotland. drawing from the vast well of history, culture and mythology whilst creating an unmistakable atmosphere with the beating heart of old school black metal favourites like WINDIR, BATHORY, BURZUM & more.
Musician and composer Tom Perrett set out to create music purely to taste which led to Ruadhs existence, the name translates to "red". Tom was born and raised in one of the oldest Burghs in Scotland which translates to "The red glen"
The derivation of the name of the town is unclear but one theory is that the area was once a settlement of Reuther, an ancient king of the Scots, who ruled between 213 and 187 BC.

Ruadh released the debut album Sovereign in the early part of 2019 through Northern Silence productions.

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Spectral Wound play black metal, unadulterated and unadorned. Against the grain of both
atmospheric and militaristic strands of the genre, Spectral Wound carves a space beyond the
fetish of nature or the puerile romance of power. Without God, without Satan, without Odin,
without nation, without transcendence, without essence. Spectral Wound channels the horrors
of the flesh and the violence of the spirit, deformed under the weight of history, poised on the
brink of a whirling void.

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Syn Ze Sase Tri was formed in 2007 by Alex Mihai aka Corbu, Paul "Strigoi" Bologan, and Andrei "Hultan" Ionescu. The band was highly influenced by many symphonic metal and symphonic black metal from that time, which sparked the idea of making the best symphonic extreme metal band from Romania.

Since its birth, the band had many tours in Romania and Europe, being headliner for many festivals. As well in its 12 years of history, the band released 4 studio albums which were distributed worldwide by the Italian label Aural Music / Code666. In 2018 Syn Ze Sase Tri were taken in distribution by Nuclear Blast and EMP.

For 2020 the band is working at the 5th studio album, entitled "ULTIMUL LUP" (The last of wolves), which will be released again by Aural Music / Code666.

For the moment Syn Ze Sase Tri is one of the most appreciated and loved extreme metal band from Romania, and had shared the stage with many great names in the extreme metal world, names such as Dimmu Borgir, Mayhem, Dark Funeral, Carach Angren, Rotting Christ, Lord Belial.

The concept behind Syn Ze Sase Tri is strictly related and based on the ancient Romanian mythology and history, and the name translates "I am with tripple six".


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Formed 2015 in Saarbrücken, THE SPIRIT have emerged from the depth of the German extreme metal void to breathe new life into the black/death metal genre. After releasing their debut album „Sounds From The Vortex“ through their own label, Eternal Echoes, in October 2017, the band quickly caught the attention of Nuclear Blast who re-released the album and made it available for a bigger audience in summer 2018 after the previous edition had already gone out of print.
Following a busy year, packed with release shows at the German Party.San and Summer Breeze festivals as well as an extensive European tour, bandleader and songwriter M.T. entered the Woodshed Studios, Germany in the spring of 2019, to record the sophomore release with producer V. Santura, while the drums have been tracked at the Iguana Studio in Baden-Württemberg.
The result is the second album called “Cosmic Terror”, a misanthropic work with seven raging anthems, consisting of a unique blend of black and death metal, extensive instrumental passages and genuine guitar craft. Due to be released through AOP Records on February 7th, “Cosmic Terror” is THE SPIRIT's very own soundtrack to the vast nothingness.

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2016
Founded by Wawa, Cindy and Denny in May 2016.
Name, style and theme were decided quite early and were then expanded.
First songs like "Drauge" and "Solstitium" were rehearsed and recorded towards the end of 2016.

2017
"Battle of battles", "Caelum" and "Dwalin" emerge.
August 2017 Thjodrörir parted in good from their drummer Scheuni.
Since December 2017 they have filled the position on the drums with Florian.

2018
Expansion and rehearsal of the live set is since then in the foreground.
At short notice, they were invited to the Mosh Im Mai Warm Up at Medusa Kiel and held their first live show here.
Heide and Wedel were the next live dates.
In September, with the Coast Rock Festival (Lower Saxony), the first festival gig is coming up

2019
M&G Pagan Night, Mahlstrom Open Air, Meltdown Festival
Production of the album Solstitium.
In October 2019 drummer Florian leaves Thjodrörir.

2020
31.01. release of the album "Solstitium".

2021
Lars takes over on drums
3.10 release of the music video for the new song "Skogamor

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Over the years Animatrum and Host of Cinder tried to revive Black Metal in Hamburg but unfortunately never succeeded because of circumstances out of their hands. Few more years passed by until Valfor completed the trio: Totenwache was born. For most cities and this may not be something special - but over years, Hamburg grew more and more into a stronghold against black metal and the principles of this subculture. Even long-established black metal bands in Hamburg and its closer regions turned away from their former beliefs and dedicated themselves to other genres – to be never confronted with any headwind, discussions and fears.
We as Totenwache actively oppose that behaviour.
We do not just think Hamburg needs black metal.
We find: Hamburg has earned Black Metal. Uncompromising and raw.
Our demo "Ursprung" already presented our style well when it was released in 2017. We have always been fascinated by the harmonies and the atmosphere of finnish black metal - of which our style was significantly influenced. But of course we also drew our influences from occasional musical trips to France and Germany. This is how our own style has developed to this day and even continues to mature today.
In autumn 2018 our second release "Verbrannte Erde" saw the light of day. A split CD which features with "Säuberung" and "Treacherous Sorcery" two songs that have made significant leaps in all matters since our demo.
At the beginning of August 2019 our full length debut "D

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Founded in 2014 as a solo project by W. 2016 release of the self-titled debut on Wolfsgrimm Records. Live debut 2018 at the Stahlbeton VII in Rostock with guest musicians. 2nd show 2019 at the Barther Metal Open Air. Album number Two comes 2019 also via Wolfsgrimm Records. This exclusive band plays only one show per year.

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VERMILIA is a female artist, coming from Finland.
Her music is a mix of Epic Scandinavian Pagan Metal and sweet, raw and melancholic vocal harmonies with lyrics in her native language.

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Since 2003 WOLFCHANT has successfully pursued the path to prove, that the proverbial "metal hammer" doesn’t only exsist in Scandinavia. Extreme metal mixed with timeless melodies, groovy riffs and followed by epic parts and aggressive screams and choirs – that’s what you can expect. Meanwhile the sextet Lokhi, Nortwin, Skaahl, Gorthrim, Sertorius and Lug belong to the peak of the international viking/pagan metal scene. Stronger than ever before hordes of fans celebrate the numerous performances in several club and festival shows and tours all over Europe.


2003 The Beginning

All started in the Lower Bavarian (Germany) St. Oswald, where two bands shared a rehearsal room. So happened that Lokhi (vocals, bass), Norgahd (drums, vocals, keyboards), Skaahl (guitar) and Gaahnt (guitar) got to know each other and decided to conquer the world–s stages with a new band. Back then the sound of Wolfchant was born.


2004 The Demo Period

With "Fangs Of The Southern Death" and "The Herjan Trilogy" Wolfchant recorded two strictly limitated demos in 2004. For the first time Wolfchant caught the metal scene’s attention with publishing demo songs on different sampler discs. On the Walpurgis Metal Days Festival drummer Norgahd got to know Derrmorh, who joined the band as the new second guitarist. Gaahnt changed to bass guitar and singer Lokhi focused on vocals only.


2005: Bloody Tales

2005 Wolfchant signed the first label deal with

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