Dungeon Synth Trading Card Series Out Soon From Dark Age Productions

DARK AGE PRODUCTIONS America’s oldest dungeon synth label has been releasing medieval and dark ambient side projects from black and death metal artists since 1994. Now they have announced the start of pre-orders for a series of collectible trading cards featuring artists classic and new from across the realm of dungeon synth. . The first series contains 10 cards featuring: MORTIIS (Norway), ARCANA LITURGIA (Italy), ERYTHRITE THRONE (Canada), FOGWEAVER (US), TARKIN TURFER (Australia), VAELASTRASZ (US), WHISPERING MIRRORS (US), AKERIUS (Reunion Island), ERANG (France) & SIDEREAL FORTRESS (Italy) . The cards feature full color UV coated photos and artwork on the… Continue reading

STORMTIDE New Album Out Soon!

A THRONE OF HOLLOW FIRE is an epic tale of ruin, death and magic told through ten intense chapters of death metal fueled symphony. Crushing Guitars, Bowel-Crunching vocals and Drum Work from Hell follow the hero of our story as he attempts to fulfill his destiny. As the follow up to WRATH OF AN EMPIRE, this album represents five years of blood, sweat and beers for the Epic Death Lords of STORMTIDE. The new album will be released via Metal Hell Records on the first of March digital and physical copies will be sent out around first of April 2021.… Continue reading

THOSE POOR BASTARDS – “Behold The Abyss” LP Reissue

THOSE POOR BASTARDS – “Behold The Abyss” LP Reissue (Tribulation Recording Co.) After discovering the weird “country doom” of THOSE POOR BASTARDS, Behold The Abyss quickly became one of my favorite albums. Each track has a unique and catchy style which lends itself to being easily memorable and soon becomes one of those addictive albums that’s great to sing along with. Behold The Abyss is a concept album which centers around the murderous and necromantic deeds of an evil traveling minister named Edgar Switchblade and his horse Old Red – who eats people. Having just the right mix of creepiness… Continue reading

Greywolf – “The Beginning”

GREYWOLF – “The Beginning” (Arthorium Records) By Crom it’s my destiny! What we have here is an anthology of selected tracks from no less than six demos recorded between 2012 and 2013 by GREYWOLF before their self titled debut full length album in 2014. A treat for fans of epic fantasy inspired heavy metal, most tracks appear to revolve around Robert E Howard’s mythos. Tracks like By The Power of Crom, The Elephant Tower, King Kull, Thoth Amon and others are tastefully peppered with the sounds of thunder, howling wolves, clashing swords and warrior chants. Rounding out the collection of… Continue reading

SUMMONING – New Album Details Announced

Ever since the release of their debut album Lugburz (1995) SUMMONING have proven themselves to be the true guardians of Middle Earth! What started out as a project deeply rooted in traditional black metal took an epic turn in the following years – evergreens like Dol Guldur (1996) and Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame (2001) bear witness to a continuously refined soundscape. Five years after Old Mornings Dawn, Protector and Silenius have turned over a new leaf in their bottomless saga: titled With Doom We Come, SUMMONING finally unveil first and hotly anticipated details about their upcoming opus, which… Continue reading


Dark Age Productions announces the release of the debut album of DRACHENFEUER titled Realm Of Light on Double CD Digipak and limited edition Cassette. DRACHENFEUER is cinematic dark ambient soundtrack “dungeon synth” for fans of Summoning, Mortiis (Era 1), Ringbearer, Elffor… The music of DRACHENFEUER is an epic journey through Middle Earth and its creatures. Soundscapes that will transport you to a land where dragons breath fire, where warrior legions raise their swords, where the beauty of friendship comes to a dark edge and where mighty forests cover the land in darkness… The album was recorded at W.A.R. studios in… Continue reading

CHRONOSPHERE – “Embracing Oblivion”

CHRONOSPHERE “Embracing Oblivion” (Punishment 18) Oh you dirty bastards over there at Punishment 18… This is just the kinda band my ears have been hunting for! On their second full length, Greek act Chronosphere plays totally energetic, automatically catchy old school speed / thrash metal. Which brings to mind classic bands like: Assassin, early Metallica, Agent Steel…  and numerous acts from Shrapnel & New Renaissance Records. Yet “Embracing Oblivion” is recorded with  an excellent punchy clean and modern production so it doesn’t sound dated. There is some fantastic artwork on the cover as well which fits just perfectly! Excellent stuff,… Continue reading

Rauhnåcht “Urzeitgeist “

Rauhnåcht “Urzeitgeist” (Hammerheart) I’m listening to this second album by Austrian Rauhnåcht during a thunderstorm and it really puts the music into a proper context. Combine the slower, dreamy sort of black metal on display with the foggy & wet cover art and you really get a full sensory experience.  It’s not a completely slow paced affair, there are some blasting sections which fit right in but for the most part it’s a very atmospheric album which I suppose it should be with the new genre name of “Alpine black metal”. Tracks like ” Der Weg Zurück” and the title… Continue reading