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Trollband

Formed: 2007
From: Vancouver, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Trollband was formed in 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. After releasing one demo and opening for bands such as Finntroll, Tyr, Swashbuckle and Korpiklaani they are currently preparing to release their debut full length.

Latest Trollband News

Below is our complete Trollband 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.

Trollband Streaming New Album

Trollband, previously covered in the folk metal edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, has now released new album "Samsara," which is the follow-up to "In The Shadow of the Mountain" (reviewed here).

You can download the album on a name-your-price basis via Bandcamp here or stream the songs below. The track listing is:

1. Blood to the Heartwood 02:58
2. Ravenous 05:52
3. River 05:26
4. Cavern 05:12
5. Wither 04:24
6. Throat of the World 04:30
7. Centuries of Sand 02:10
8. Roots of the Earth 05:49
9. Mortal Soul of Man 04:33 More...

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Trollband Posts New Album Preview

Trollband will soon be releasing details on the band's upcoming, as-yet-untitled album. In the mean time, Trollband has now posted a new song online titled "Blood to the Heartwood."

Check out the new track in the player below. For more info on the group, head over to the Trollband Facebook profile here.

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Column

Unearthing The Folk Metal Underground Part 2

Each week with Unearthing the Metal Underground, we shine the spotlight onto three bands that may not have had a chance to hit your musical radar yet. This week we’re taking another look into a unique blend of styles that show how not every metal band has to scream about Satan or politics or personal struggles.

After previously looking at underground folk metal in general last year and then folk metal specifically from the Andes, we’re now delving into three bands that all share a love of Celtic and pagan themes, as well as a desire to mix traditional instruments with abrasive black metal or melodic power metal.

Whether you are looking for a night of fun drinking in a folk atmosphere, an in-your-face dose of extreme metal that draws from other influences, or even a more melodic and calm experience, these three bands show what Canada, Arizona, and the U.K. have to offer in the world of folk metal.

Trollband

For our first trek into folk-laced metal we’ll take a look at Canadian act Trollband, which recently released the debut album “In The Shadow of a Mountain” (reviewed here). The band has now made the album available as a completely free download to get the music out to a wider audience.

In conjunction with the album’s review, Metalunderground.com conducted an interview with Trollband to discuss the band’s decision to give away the release and other topics, such as the many guest musicians appearing on “In the Shadow of a Mountain.” The interview is available for viewing here.

Splitting the difference between a harsher act like Finntroll and a more melodic band like Equilibrium, Trollband has plenty of symphonic black metal mayhem to keep the heads banging, even while a host of folksy sounds keep the music grounded in a more traditional style. To hear more of Trollband you can check out the band’s MySpace page, or listen to the songs “Heathen Blood” or “Nidhoggr” in the clips below.

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Trollband Giving Away Entire New Album For Free

Vancouver metal act Trollband has announced through its official Facebook page that it will be giving away the band's entire new full-length album for free. The debut full-length, titled "In the Shadow of a Mountain," was self-released by the duo of Sam Levitt and Matt Courtemanche in late April and can be downloaded by following the link at this location. You can view the album's track listing below.

1. Fire and Ash
2. Nidhoggr
3. Heathen Blood
4. In the Shadow of a Mountain
5. Warhellride
6. Regicide
7. The return
8. We live

Trollband's Sam Levitt commented on the band's decision to give away the album by saying:

"Due to the popularity of this album on blogs and torrent sites we just decided to give 'In the Shadow of a Mountain' away FREE OF CHARGE. We will print the album for physical copies at a later date but with giving away the album as a free download we hope that whoever downloads it from us will listen to it, enjoy it, and pass it on to others who may in tern listen to and enjoy it."

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Trollband Reveals New Album Details

Vancouver, Canada metal act Trollband, has revealed the details for its forthcoming debut album. The new album, titled "In the Shadow of a Mountain," will see its digital release on iTunes in early May, 2011. "In the Shadow of a Mountain" was tracked and mixed at Humanjerky Studios In Vancouver, British Columbia and mastered by Maxime Cote at Red Well Studios in Montreal. A new song from the album, titled "The Return," is available for streaming in the player below.

Here is the "In the Shadow of a Mountain" track listing:

1. Fire and Ash
2. Nidhoggr
3. Heathen Blood
4. In the Shadow of a Mountain
5. Warhellride
6. Regicide
7. The return
8. We live

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Trollband Announces Pagan Masquerade Date

Vancouver folk metallers Trollband have announced thier participation in the upcoming Pagan Masquerade festival taking place on June 19th, 2010 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. More...

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