Album Notes: Ashaena – Calea (Romanian Pagan Metal)

ASHAENA – Calea (Romania, 2016)

Track / album guide written by: Cosmin “Hultanu” Duduc

Distro: Calea CD


  1. Tapae 87
    The tune that opens the album is the most aggressive song. It describes one of the biggest battles in our Romanian ancient history, between the Dacians and the Roman Empire. In 87 A.D. Dacians has won this great battle, totally vanquishing that Roman legion and capturing their flags and all their stuff.
  2. Calea
    The song that gives the album title as well is about our ancestors. Is somehow an ode to them, a way to praise them and glory them through this song.
  3. Tara Berladnicilor
    It is an instrumental song. Perhaps the most folklore infused one, thanks to the all kind of flutes that were recorded by our friend Andrei Oltean. Is a tune inspired from several folk tunes from our birth zone.
  4. Crapat di Cer
    This song evokes a huge, epic storm but its meaning stands in understanding the nature around you and make it a part of yourself.
  5. Spirit – Sageata
    Maybe the most cryptic song, lyrics wise. The song has a Kabbalistic structure and its lyrics are based on the ascension along the Sephiroth. Of course, the metaphors make a big part of the lyrics and again I have intertwined the Kabbalistic concepts with some concepts from our Romanian mythology. The song title refers to the Spirit- Arrow analogy, comparing the seeker of knowledge’s spirit to an arrow launched towards the sky.
  6. Zbor Insetat
    This one is somehow, lyrics wise, an obvious continuation of the one above. “Thirsty flight”. The spirit is thirsty for knowledge and he walks/fly along the paths of acquiring this knowledge.
  7. Mos Urs
    The Old Bear is definitely my totemic animal. The song is about the bear image and symbolism in the Romanian Folklore and Mythology. This song is one of my favs from all that I ever made.



Incoming: Грай – О Земле Родной / Grai – O Zemle Rodnoi (Our Native Land) (Russian Folk Metal)

Slavic pagan/folk metal from Naberezhnye Chelny.
Originally released by Soundage in 2011, our copies went quickly. We can now offer the new reissue of GRAI’s second album.
The new CD has been imported from Brazil, this edition is a limited  digipak with 12 page booklet.

We also have some new GRAI t-shirts available:


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23 Years Ago: PRIMORDIAL release Dark Romanticism… Sorrow’s Bitter Harvest… (Debut Demo)

We recorded our first and only demo “Dark Romanticism”, recorded for about £50 in the lads home town of Skerries in a converted front room studio on eight tracks. Considering the equipment and the time and our experience we were quite shocked at how well it came out. “Dark Romanticism” went on to sell over 1 100 copies and is still heralded by many as a classic second wave Black Metal demo.
– A.A. Nemtheanga (full biography 87-07)

Released on this day in 1993, PRIMORDIAL’s only official demo was well received. Offers arrived from Deaf (Peaceville), Unisound (Greece), Hellspawn (Sweden) and others. Eventually a deal was made with Cacophonous, though not directly as a result of this demo: “A young Dani Filth had been pestering their fledgling label Cacophonous to sign us, yet they wanted to hear more songs. The answer came in the form of the live tape we recorded that night we played with Decomposed, Korpse and The Fifth Dominion (now Arcane Sun), containing five new tracks that was the tape that got us the deal with Cacophonous Records.” The Cacophonous album was Imrama – recorded in 94, remixed in May 95, released that September.

Well life is open for a lot of self indulgence I reckon, so seeing as it’s my fanzine I’ve decided to tell you a little about my own band PRIMORDIAL, the history is long and boring, but needless to say we used to be called Forsaken, at the end of of Summer 92′ after a lot of soul-searching trying to come up with things we were 100% happy with we had a rehearsal track on the Nursery Rhymes tape, which seemed to be accepted by all as original, doomy & epic….anyway to cut a long story short at present we are preparing our demo “Dark Romanticism (Sorry’s Bitter Harvest)” to be recorded definitely come the end of June, We prefer no title, it’s just dark, mystical, evil music with lots of emotion and atmosphere, with many vocal changes, and dark, occultic, blasphemous sometimes sad and mournful lyrics, if people wish to call us Black Metal I have no problem with that, as by my definition of Black Metal we could very well be that, but by some perhaps we are not, so we avoid such pettiness and stupidity by being nothing, our music is just whatever we want to play, but will always be dark and morbid, our demo will roughly be 25 minutes of the ultimate in Armageddish Enchantment (top class sound & musicianship), it will be $5 everywhere I reckon and 2.50 in Ireland and UK so write to me for interviews or orders… watch the skies…..
– A.A. Nemtheanga, The Oath fanzine #1, 1993

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Record of the Week: SVENTOYAR – Unity (Review)

Record of the Week

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Foreshadowing the tumultuous national events that would follow the release of this album, SVENTOYAR present a call for unity among the Slavs. The careful selection: nine traditional folk songs, three each from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.
The Metal of these songs (somewhere between modern heavy metal, death metal and power metal) is used to build the scale, to infuse these traditional, often humble, songs with a grandeur and power that comes easily to amplified music. Having said that, the intrinsic glory and emotion of choral folk songs are impossible to recreate by replacing every element or forcing in others. Here the hammered dulcimer (tsymbaly) and vocals of Yulia Shiryaeva shine through with authenticity and the distinctive harmonisation of Slavic and east-European traditional song.
SVENTOYAR manage to recreate something rooted in the soul and the soil, led by the traditional naturally more on this album than their previous. An honest and timely celebration of Slavic culture from all regions!

Newsletter: September 2012 (Pagan Metal, Folk Metal, Arkona, Subvertio Deus, Haar, Pagan Pendants, Volkolak)

Salute Friends! This is a general update for September, and advance notice of some new arrivals.

We have a huge update ready including CDs, Vinyl and T-Shirts of Slavic Pagan and Folk Metal imported from Rus’ Land. Fans of Аркона (Arkona, RUS), Калевала (Kalevala), Pagan Reign and Грай (Grai) should visit this weekend and next week for both music and merchandise arrivals. Most of these will be very limited and many are unavailable in western Europe.

We also have many new UK Black Metal titles in stock and ready to be added. Subvertio Deus‘ only album (excellent gnostic Black Metal originally on Satanic Propaganda) has just been re-released with new artwork (available here), the band has since morphed into Antinomian. The debut Antinomian full-length is scheduled for later this year, a killer record! We have the newly reissued Subvertio Deus along with t-shirts from both bands, and will add patches by both soon. See all related items here.

One of the most promising Black/Thrash bands from the UK, Holodomor, recently split so be sure to pick up Temoignages de la Gnose Terrestre – their only available recording, self-released earlier this year.

The self-titled EP by the excellent Haar has just been restocked! Haar are producing some of the most interesting avant-garde, progressive Black Metal in the UK and have been deservedly compared to bands like Virus / Ved Buens Ende!

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All of this will be available over the next week, most in limited numbers. One final teaser for later this month/October and a band, an individual, that can be credited as a foundational influence for most of the above… Bathory limited edition gold vinyl…

Thanks for your support!!

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New Arrivals:

• High quality antique pendants! Designs include: The Black Sun (Sonnenrad), Celtic Cross, various Inverted Crosses, Thor’s Hammer (Germanic and Nordic variations), German Iron Cross, Irminsul, Teutonic Cross and the Valknut (Wotan’s Knot, or Slain Warriors Knot)
• Aluk Todolo – Occult Rock is available for pre-order, out next week
• Classic US Crossover Thrash: both Wehrmacht albums remastered and reissued as digipacks
• Some of the newer Discharge albums have been added, but don’t forget we still have the recent limited (official) reissues of their essential 7″s!!
• After seven years the great Russian folk act Volkolak have returned! Disappear is available now
• Winterfylleth have just released The Threnody of Triumph. CD available now, LP should be available within a week
• Bestial Summoning’s raw live ritual from June 1992 on 7″ vinyl!
• Brazilian Ain Sof Aur conjure Holy Chaos on their debut full-length Atra Serpens

And more…
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