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Below is our complete Skyforger 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.

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Taake Confirmed For Kaltenbach Open Air 2016

Formerly known as Thule, this band unarguably breathes and represents the spirit of true Norwegian Black Metal more than any other. For the very first time Taake will be unleashing hell at Kaltenbach Open Air, which will take place between 18th and 20th August 2016.

Taake will be sharing the stage with the following other so far confirmed bands: More...

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Skyforger Releases New Music Video

Skyforger just dropped a new music video for the track "Melnas Buras," taken off the "Senprusija" album. The band also comments:

"As promised, here is video for new album song 'Melnas buras.' It transports you back into the dark times of the Great Northern War (1700-1721), when the plague reigned over coasts of the Baltic Sea, where it killed about a third of the Prussian population.

"Unfortunately, it also took the last native speakers of the Old Prussian language and those who still kept the old ways alive. It can be said that after the plague, the Old Prussians had ceased to exist as a nation..."

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Skyforger Posts New Song

Latvian pagan metal outfit Skyforger is back with a brand new album titled "Senprusija" / "Old Prussia."

In anticipation, the band premieres a new track from the upcoming album, which is set to drop on April 6th 2015 via Thunderforge Records. Check out "Tagad vai nekad / Now or Never " below. More...

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Onslaught Drops Off Eindhoven Bill

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting organization has announced that due to scheduling issues Onslaught has cancelled the band's previously planned performance at the festival.

Recently reunited U.K. thrashers Xentrix will replace Onslaught on Saturday December 13th, 2014.

Xentrix has released four albums through Roadrunner Records: 1989’s "Shattered Existence," 1990’s "For Whose Advantage," 1991’s "Dilute to Taste," and 1992’s "Kin." Heavy Metal Records also released a 1996 LP called "Scourge."

The currently announced lineup for Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2014 is as follows: More...

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Eindhoven Metal Meeting Reveals Full Band Lineup

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very proud to announce that with the addition of In Solitude, Valkyrja, Thanatos, Skyforger, Dust Bolt, The Committee, and Miasmal, the line-up for this year's edition - set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands - is now complete.

The Dutch all-female death metal band Sisters Of Suffocation will also perform on Friday, December 12th at the official after party at the Dynamo Club together with the cover-bands Mercyfull Fake and Forever Twisted. Entrance is free with an Eindhoven Metal Meeting ticket!

The full festival billing is as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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Bathory Tribute Album Teaser Available

A new teaser video has been posted online for the upcoming Bathory tribute release "Voices from Valhalla," due out May 2012 via Godreah Records. Check out the clip below.

Bands set to appear on the tribute include The Meads of Asphodel, Old Corpse Road, Skyforger, Darkest Era, and more. Head over to the Godreah Records website for full details.

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Skyforger Announces New Shows

Skyforger has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming live shows and working on a Bathory tribute song:

"At this moment, we can announce just 3 live appearances. There's going to be more dates/festivals announced soon.

9 March - Hasselt (Belgium)), De Witte Non
10 March - Eindhoven (Netherlands), Dynamo
11 March - tba
13 July - Masters Of Rock festival, (Czech Republic) http://www.mastersofrock.cz

"We have been taking part in contest for possibility to play biggest Scandinavian rock / metal festival Sweden Rock. Out of 1500 band applications Skyforger is now been voted into final round of Top 20. Out of these 20 bands - only 3 bands gets to play!

"Please go to this link and make your support click for Skyforger. You can do one vote every day per every available to You computer's IP address until next Monday, 23 January. Make as many votes as possible, please!

"Skyforger right now is working in studio completing track 'The Woodwoman' from 'Blood On Ice' album for soon to be released Bathory tribute double CD via English label Godreah Records. More information at this location."

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Brutal Assault 2011

The organisers of the Czech Republic's Brutal Assault festival has announced a further three confirmations for this year's event. Newly added to the bill are Scottish hardcore punk/crossover thrash legends The Exploited, Bay Area thrash veterans Forbidden and American mathcore outfit The Dillinger Escape Plan. The festival will take place from August 11th-13th in Josefov, Czech Republic.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Metalhit.com Completes Free Download Series

Between October 2010 and February 2011, Metalhit.com launched a series of six free monthly music samplers showcasing various genres of extreme metal: Thrash, Death, Folk, Gothic, Doom and Black Metal.

The "Metalhit Free Download Series" was made available exclusively in the USA via Amazon.com and to eMusic subscribers worldwide. Metalhit now has the compilations posted online and available for free download worldwide.

Some select artists featured on the samplers include:

Abominable Putridity, Asphyx, Behexen, Diathra, Doom:VS, Evoken, Hirax, Inquisition, Lifelover, Manegarm, Moonspell, Nunslaughter, Obtest, Ophis, Pathology, Possessed, Sacred Reich, Sig:Ar:Tyr, Sinister, Skepticism, Skyforger, The Howling Void, Urgehal, and many more.

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Ozzy And The Scorpions Confirmed For Hellfest 2011

The organisers of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest, has announced that four huge names have been added to next year's bill. Heavy metal godfather Ozzy Osbourne will be taking the stage, as well as German hard rock legends the Scorpions, who will be retiring after they complete their touring schedule. Also confirmed for the festival are Swedish progressive metal favourites Opeth and Black Label Society, which features former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde. There are also more new confirmations in the form of German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom, Norwegian black metal veterans Mayhem, Anathema, Bolt Thrower and Therion. The festival will take place in Clisson, France from June 17th-19th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Metalhit.com Posts Free Folk Metal Compilation

Metalhit.com is out with their latest free compilation - this time a folk metal comp. U.S. residents can download it for free on Amazon.com. Others can check it out on Metalhit.com.

Here's the tracklisting for the folk metal compilation:

1. Claim the Throne "Set Sail on Ale" (2:43)
2. Skadi Fferyllt "Following" (4:20)
3. Forefather "Steadfast" (5:06)
4. Halgadom "Mysterium des Blutes" (4:11)
5. Heorot "Pyha Simasali" (4:59)
6. Leshak "Firtree's Bark" (2:38)
7. Manegarm "Dodens Strand" (5:05)
8. Obtest "From Generation to Generation" (4:26)
9. Sig:Ar:Tyr "Blood of the North" (7:35)
10. Skyforger "The Ancient Oak" (4:40)
11. Temnozor "Silent be the Wind" (5:58)
12. Velimor "Fog"(6:24)

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The Cool Tour 2010 Download Pack Released

The COOL TOUR download pack has been released. The package is full of merchandise and goodies, listed below. You can get it at the COOL TOUR Facebook page.

The download pack includes:

As I Lay Dying merch coupon for $3 off a purchase over $30 at asilaydyingstore.com
Underoath merch coupon for 15% off a purchase over $20 at underoathmerch.com
Cancer Bats MP3 "Sabotage"
Invisible Children Video
Atticus Coupon for 25% off anything in the Atticus Black Webstore
Alt Press Coupon for a 1 year digital subscription for only $5
The Acacia Strain: "Dr. Doom (live)," taken from their recently released 2DVD "The Most Known Unknown."

War Of Ages MP3 "Collapse"
Ding! Coupon for 20% off anything at dinglife.com
Facedown Records coupon for 10% off merch and music at facedownrecords.com
Blessthefall MP3 "To Hell And Back"
Fearless coupon for 10% off http://fearless.merchnow.com/
Free Fearless Records Summer 2010 sampler
2010 Cool Tour New Artist Sampler (provided by Metal Blade Records & Good Fight Records).

Here's the Cool Tour 2010 sampler tracklisting:

1. The Absence - "Enemy Unbound"
2. Aeon - "Kill Them All"
3. Allegaeon - "The God Particle"
4. Barn Burner - "Holy Smokes"
5. Bison b.c. - "Two-Day Booze"
6. Brain Drill - "Monumental Failure"
7. Charred Walls Of The Damned - "Ghost Town"
8. Dawn of Ashes - "Seething the Flesh in the River of Phlegethon"
9. Fatal Embrace - "Wake the Dead"
10. Fleshwrought - "Mental Illness"
11. Istapp - "Vinterrket"
12. Kings Of Asgaard - "Vamods Tale"
13. Lightning Swords Of Death - "Nihilistic Stench"
14. The Ocean - "Swallowed By The Earth"
15. Return To Earth - "Back Of My Hand"
16. Skyforger - "In The Underworld"
17. System Divide - "Vagaries of Perception"
18. Valkyrja - "Oceans to Dust"
19. Woe Of Tyrants - "Creatures of the Mire"
20. Cancer Bats - "Dead Wrong"
21. Son of Aurelius - "Mercy For Today"
22. I Am Abomination - "Since 1776"
23. This Or The Apocalypse - "Charmer"
24. Rosaline - "London Lost Its Fog"

UPDATE: There is some confusion about this whole thing and a redirect not working, but you can download the sampler directly from Amazon.com (U.S. only). More...

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Skyforger Featured On BBC Special

Skyforger has been featured in a BBC special on Latvia's love of folk music. The band is captured live at a Latvian Music Awards Ceremony and is interviewed by the BBC's correspondent Damien McGuinness. You can check out the video at this location.

This BBC News series focuses on aspects of life in countries and cities around the world. This month Latvia celebrates the 20th anniversary of its declaration of independence from Soviet Russia. An integral part of the fight for freedom was folk singing, which kept the country's culture alive during the years of Soviet rule. Two decades on, this singing tradition is still alive and kicking, as BBC correspondent Damien McGuinness found out in the Latvian capital Riga.

Skyforger's new album "Kurbads" hits streets May 11th in North America. The track listing is as follows:

1. Curse Of The Witch
2. Son Of The Mare
3. The Nine-Headed
4. Bewitched Forest
5. In The Yard Of The Father's Son
6. The Devil Slayer
7. The Stone Sentinel
8. In The Underworld
9. Black Rider
10. The Last Battle
11. Kurbads

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Skyforger Checks In With Studio Report

Latvian pagan metal act Skyforger will release their sixth studio album "Kurbads" in Europe on April 23rd and in North America on May 11th through Metal Blade Records. The band is currently streaming a new song online from the album titled "In The Underworld," which can be heard here. Skyforger has also posted a video report online from the studio recording session, which can be viewed below.

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Skyforger Announces Record Release Show

Pagan metal act Skyforger will be releasing their new album "Kurbads" via Metal Blade on April 26th in Europe and May 11th in North America. On Saturday, May 8th, Skyforger will present the new album at a release party in Riga, Latvia. The show will also feature special guests Manegarm and Ocularis Infernum. "Son of the Mare," a new track from the upcoming album, can also be heard at the band's MySpace page.

The details of the release show are as follows:

Club info: Sapnu Fabrika
Address: Riga, Lacpleša str.101
Doors open: 17.30
First band: 18.20
Concert end: ~23.00

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Skyforger Streaming New Song

Pagan metal act Skyforger will be releasing the new album "Kurbads" via Metal Blade on April 26th in Europe and May 11th in North America. The band is currently streaming the new song "Son of the Mare" online via their MySpace page. Skyforger also issued the following statement about the album:

"Finally this is time for big news package about our new album Kurbads, which will be released by Metal Blade on 23/26 April in Europe, 11 May in North America! Today we would like to post online first song of new album 'Kurbads' and reveal album cover and track listing! Skyforger recorded Kurbads at Latvian studio Lauska in 2009 together with the bands own bagpipe player Kaspars Barbals handling engineering duties. The band members also produced the album themselves. The artwork was created by Skyforger´s guitarist Martins and is connected to the whole story of Kurbads. More information regarding the concept of Kurbads will be revealed shortly. Meanwhile enjoy new song 'Son Of The Mare,' the first single of the new album!"

The "Kurbads" track listing is as follows:

1. Curse Of The Witch
2. Son Of The Mare
3. The Nine-Headed
4. Bewitched Forest
5. In The Yard Of The Father's Son
6. The Devilslayer
7. The Stone Sentinel
8. In The Underworld
9. Black Rider
10. The Last Battle
11. Kurbads (Bonus Track)

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Skyforger Posts New Album Video Trailer Online

Pagan Metal Kings SKYFORGER have uploaded a video trailer that includes music of the upcoming new album, "Kurbads," which will be released on the 23rd and 26th of April via Metal Blade Records in Europe. Watch the video below:

SKYFORGER's lineup is as follows:

Peter - lead vocals/guitars
Edgars Zirgs - bass/vocals
Edgars Mazais - drums/percussion
Kaspars - folk instruments/backing vocals
Martins - guitars/backing vocals

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Manegarm Announces Album Release Party

Swedish metallers Månegarm have announced that they will be hosting a release party for their upcoming album "Nattväsen" on November 7th with special guests Thyrfing and Skyforger. Thyrfing issued the following statement about the show:

"Swedish Månegarm will host a release party for their upcoming album and Thyrfing will appear as special guest together with Skyforger from Latvia (their first gig ever in Sweden). It will take place at Clustret in Stockholm on Saturday, November 7th. Tickets will be available at Sound Pollution and Repulsive Records."

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Apocalyptica Confirmed For Metalcamp 2008

The 2008 edition of Slovenia's Metalcamp festival (www.metalcamp.com) is scheduled to take place July 3rd - 9th in Tolmin.

The latest act confirmed is APOCALYPTICA.


More details to follow.

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More Bands Announced For Party .San Festival

OBITUARY, LIVIDITY, ENDSTILLE, DEADBORN and DEFLORATION have been confirmed for next year's Party.San Open Air festival, set to take place August 7-9, 2008 in Bad Berka, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


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