Vic Records/Riot

Arkona - Live For the Glory (Vic Records/Riot)

Ahhh, you gotta love a bit of live Slavic pagan/folk metal, but Russian goth rock? Are they taking the piss?

I found this a surprising package to receive.

This Haven - Today A Whisper, Tomorrow A Storm (Vic/Riot)

Three quarters of an hour of mellow yet heavy tunes ideal for chilling with friends to. Patrik Karlsson's vocals ring out deep and resonant throughout the band's debut full-length album.

The voice of Patrik Karlsson demands attention; his rich, dramatic vocals sing of apocolypse and madness and sing it well.  The moving and at times disturbing lyrics can be he

Arkona - Vo Slavu Velikim (Vic/Riot)

To many people pagan/folk bands pretty much sound the same, though they may come from Ireland or Azerbaijan. You can't listen to Arkona and mistake their Russian origin, however. And with one of the best female metal vocalists, Arkona is an act to watch out for...

To many people pagan/folk bands pretty much sound the same, though they may come from Ireland or Azerbaijan. You can't listen to Arkona and mistake their Russian origin, however.

The Gathering - Downfall (Vic/Riot)

From a band with an amazing creative momentum and longevity comes a superb anthology of genre-shaping classics.