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Paganland

From: Ukraine
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Latest Paganland News

Below is our complete Paganland news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Paganland Streaming Song From New Album

Paganland has release the band's long-brewing debut album, "Wind of Freedom," through Svarga Music. A celebration of pagan pride and a show of metal might, "Wind of Freedom" carries the listener on a windswept journey like no other - verily, to a mystical Paganland.

The band's new track "Chornohora" is also now streaming at PureGrainAudio.com. Give the song a listen right here or through the player below.

Paganland was also recently covered in our "Unearthing the Underground" column. Check it out at this location. More...

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Unearthing More Symphonic/Melodic Metal Bands

Amidst all the pig squeals and face shredding tech-death, there’s plenty of music to be found in the metal world that borrows from (or even relies on entirely!) a symphonic sound. These acts aren’t afraid to show off their melodic side, creating unique songs that blend heavy guitars and even screams with more traditional stringed instruments and keyboards.

If power metal isn’t your thing but you still want music with more melody than the standard death metal troupe, check out this week’s crop of bands as we unearth more of the metal underground.

Paganland

This Ukraine-based group has existed off and on since the ‘90s, but it wasn’t until last week that it finally dropped a debut full-length album titled “Wind of Freedom” via Svarga Music. If the name didn’t tip you off, the lyrics and themes of the music are based heavily on pagan traditions and are dedicated to the history and folklore of the band’s homeland.

Although Paganland describes itself as a “pagan black metal” band, this is much more on the symphonic and folk side than the black metal side of things, and fans of Tyr will be right at home with much of the new disc. Get a sampling of what the band has to offer through the title track available below, or hear more over at Facebook.

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Paganland Streaming New Album's Title Track

Ukraine metal act Paganland, which recently signed to Svarga Music, will be releasing "Wind of Freedom" on March 4th, 2013. The title track from the release can now be heard in the SoundCloud player below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Wheel of Eternity (intro)
2. Shadows of the Past
3. Power of Spirit
4. Chornohora
5. Podolyanka
6. Night Forest
7. Fogs and Twilights
8. Wind of Freedom More...

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Paganland Announces "Wind Of Freedom" Release

Today Svarga Music announces March 4th, 2013 as the international release date for Paganland's "Wind of Freedom." The band's debut album "Wind of Freedom" is the Ukrainians' first new release in nearly five years, following a split CD with Tini Zabutyh Predkiv in 2008. The album's track listing is:

1. Wheel of Eternity (intro)
2. Shadows of the Past
3. Power of Spirit
4. Chornohora
5. Podolyanka
6. Night Forest
7. Fogs and Twilights
8. Wind of Freedom

The following press release was also issued about the band's history:

"Paganland was founded in 1997 by Ruen and Bilozor in Lviv – one of the most beautiful Ukrainian cities, whose developed traditions incorporated the European cultural spirit of the last millennium, and every stone breathes with centuries-old history of decline and revival, wars and temporary rest. The natural mysticism hidden in the Carpathians’ greatness, the dense woods, and pure mountain sources could not but affect musicians with a pagan outlook. Therefore, Paganland's debut demo Gods of Golden Circle (1999) and the demo Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (2004), one way or another, had been nearly related to pagan metal. The line-up changes, routine of rehearsals, and hardships of concert activity caused PAGANLAND's breakup in 2005, but three years later, the group re-formed and in 2011 recorded the first full-length album, Wind Of Freedom, having resumed their concert activity.

"Paganland is a group of persons holding the same views, who respect and love their native land, their nation, their language, and who are convinced that the Ukraine is the cradle of all Slavonic people with improbably interesting history forgotten and distorted for the last ten centuries. Megaliths and petroglyphs of Kamennaya Mogila (the Stone Grave), the sanctuary-observatory of Khortyt'sia, the ancient observatory of Mavrinsky Maidan, the mysterious zone of Suppert…the runes of Veles’ Book and runic manuscripts from the library of Anna Yaroslavna (Queen of France and Princess of Ukraine)…secret knowledge of molfars and volkhves...how many people around the world have even heard about all of this?

"Paganland's members try to express their love of the native land, the nature in their lyrics and music, as well as draw attention of their listeners to the fact that not only money and lies rule the world in the period of the Epoch of Pisces. Human beings can - and must - stand up for the truth, and the truth of life has been established long ago by our ancestors. All meaning of Paganland's creative activity is tribute to their land, their ancient culture, their history." More...

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