Black Trolls over Europe (2011)

Location: De Baroeg, Rotterdam
20 November 2011
By: Nick
Photography: (1st day of tour in Mullheim, DE)

With all the big Rock the Nation tours going around lately, one should almost forget there are also some smaller tours dwelling around. Black Trolls over Europe is one of them, a tour which has his third edition already. And also this time there a big range of different folk, and there are no less than 6 bands getting the opportunity to let us get to know their music. Read More

Flogging Molly 2011

floggingmolly oberhausen

Turbinehalle, Oberhausen (DE)
19 November 2011
By: Colin

The old factory gets filled with enthusiastic people. The venue where festivals like Paganfest and Heidenfest took place last year is now the domain of Flogging Molly. An mixed audience consisting of a lot of Young Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphy fans, a few Young metal fans and a bunch of older ‘more civilized’ people come to watch this event. Read More

Ithilien – Endless Horizons (2011)


By: Nick
Score: 8/10

We at receive a lot of request from band who like us to review their work. This also goes for the Belgian band Ithilien,. They’ve put their latest song online as a free download.
Ithilien is a Belgian band which was grounded in 2005. Musically they’re a little bit like Eluveitie, so think melodic folk/deathmetal. Read More

An Norvys – ‘One and All’ (EP 2011)

an norvys one and all

By: Michel
Score: 8/10
Release: 18-11-2011
Label: Independent

An Norvys recorded an EP in 2011 entitled One and All. And when you record a demo like this I should call it an EP too. What a nice album by this French six-piece! With nice clear female vocals and violin in the style of bands like fenrir. A solid background is created by drums, bass and guitars and the violin gives it all this folk touch. Read More

Neckbreakers Ball 2011

neckbreakers ball 2011

Neckbreakers Ball
Location: Metropool, Hengelo
13 November 2011
By: Nick

Within a month of day Heidenfest was within our borders, there’s another Rock the Nation event, this time it’s ‘Neckbreakers ball’. The party went on in Hengelo, which was a somewhat drive than our usual places to go to like Tilburg or Eindhoven. In this event there was also some attention to folk-metal. This time it was to Varg and Eluveitie to entertain us with some decent metal. Read More

Black Troll Winterfest (2011)

black troll winterfest 2011

Location: RWE Halle, Mülheim an der Ruhr (DE)
12 November 2011
By: Michel en Colin
Photography: Feenstaub Entertainment

10:00 a.m. The doors should be open because 10:20 should sound the First notes through this hall, but it’s almost time and the doors are still not open? The queue is immense (fortunately we as reviewers are spoiled and get to stand inside). When the doors open (but we’re still not allowed to go through) we hear the First band, Draugr, is still sound checking… They’re late! Read More

Yabgu- ‘Uyan’ (2011)

yabgu uyan

By: Michel
Score: 7/10
Release: 2011
Label: Independent

Often we hear ‘in Folk-metal it’s all the same, a statement I totally disagree with. There are a lot of different ways to create Folk-metal, but you can add one to the list. We stumbled upon the debut-EP of the Anatolian (Turkey) band Yabgu. Their debut Uyan is something different. The foundation of their music is laid by solid metal, but the Anatolian influences give it a very distinct sound. Read More