2 Albums Influenced by Rural Folklore and Witchcraft – MALOKARPATAN & LAIR

Both of these bands could be considered ‘folk’ metal. This music comes from the soil and soul of Slovakia and Ukraine. Both are inspired by native rural culture and the superstitions and lore passed down generations through stories, art and music. Both play raw metal – MALOKARPATAN with more heavy metal, LAIR with more punk.


This band began life as an outlet for REMMIRATH members to produce something steeped in old school metal. It’s unsurprising though, coming from those same minds, that this is anything but a pastiche of well-trodden riffs. The influences are never far – VENOM (brilliantly on O Vine…), MOTORHEAD, BATHORY, MASTER’S HAMMER (Popolvár…). These guys haven’t made a one-dimensional record for years, and this new band continues to showcase their originality and skill. Old school metal influenced by legends played by endlessly talented lunatics!

LAIR – Black Moldy Brew

This album improves with every listen! On the influence from folklore – it’s there, but not overt. Vocals are impenetrable, lyrics withheld; visually it only hints and there’s no contact or information about the band available publicly. Only brief film samples directly reference the themes. Raw black metal reminiscent of the stripped down punk influenced sound of ILDJARN with strong bass throughout and vocals that wail with similar insanity to early TODESSTOß. While songs are immediately simple and attacking, there is a lot here that you really begin to appreciate on repeat listens. Recommended!


REMMIRATH Album Preview #4: Lord Kalki will appear in the home of the most eminent brahmana of Shambhala village

vicarann ashuna kshaunyam hayenapratima-dyutih nripa-linga-cchado dasyun kotisho nihanishyati… …After all the imposter kings have been killed, the residents of the cities and towns will feel the breezes carrying the most sacred fragrance of the sandalwood paste and other decorations of Lord Kalki, and their minds will thereby become transcendentally pure. …this was one of our […]

REMMIRATH Album Preview #3: When it sees the sun, it is blinded

(unmixed and unmastered version)

In search of the sun, it sometimes comes to the surface,
When it sees the sun, it is blinded

The inspiration for this one came from Alejandro Jodorowsky’s movie El Topo, but just as in other songs, there are sometimes more, sometimes less obvious references to various topics, even a nod to old Judas Priest lyrics.

REMMIRATH’s second album Shambhala Vril Saucers will be released Saturday, 14th March on Todestrieb Records & Kristallblut Records.

REMMIRATH Album Preview #2: Indeed, your Lord is in observation…

Emaciated priests, displayed as reptiles in ornate robes, cursed the upper air and all who breathed it; and one terrible final scene shewed a primitive-looking man, perhaps a pioneer of ancient Irem, the City of Pillars, torn to pieces by members of the elder race. I remembered how the Arabs fear the nameless city… “The […]


Track by Track: Remmirath – Polis Rouge (Album Guide)

Track by track is a feature from the Distro: song explanations, background info, lyric details; written by the bands themselves.

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Written by: As


The Will Behind the Colossus
Just a short intro setting the untrve tone for the album. Saxophones are not very unusual in metal anymore, but we thought it would fit the urban atmosphere we tried to create with the album. In the background, you can hear authentic sounds from a factory where our bass player used to work at the time.

Replacing the Sun
About mankind worshipping speed and the illusion of perpetual linear progress. Many fools believe that we live in the best of times, because hey, we got iPads and we are able to travel the stars. Those who exceed their minds beyond the primitive material plane already know that we are on the verge of the End times.

N.W.O. Neverland
Our conspiracy theory song. No Alex Jones or David Icke stuff, just a simple and direct lyric that could encompany the movie They Live. It speaks about Paris Hilton in the beginning. I once grabbed some tabloid paper and she was there on the front page, scratching her vagina in a swim suit. Breaking news, sheep!

A Little Trip to the Stars
The most personal song of ours and my favourite lyric. It tells about a couple of nights in summer 2005 that we spent with a few of our friends inside a cottage surrounded by the woods. A rural idyll if you wish. In the end it describes how we are returning to the city in a morning train, which takes us “so far from miracles”. The accoustic guitars slowly fade out and the electronic sounds of the next track brings us back into the brutal urban world.

La Figurine Plastique
Our tribute to Kraftwerk. And to the mystique of the city at night. Walking the lonesome streets and gazing into the illuminated shop windows, with plastic mannequins which stare at you with their empty, artificial eyes. However we loathe the trappings of the modern world, at the same time we find ourselves fascinated with it’s peculiar aesthetics and twisted charm.

Polis Rouge
The heart of the album, more or less continuing the theme of urban isolation and fascination with the atmosphere of a nocturnal city. This is the first time we entered the psychedelic rock territory, which we are exploring a lot more today.

What Remains After Us
Continuing the message of Replacing the Sun, the song tells about humanity limping across the edge of the Abyss, no longer having a meaning of life in a dystopian, transhumanist world where there is no more purity and spirituality left. Our science and arts are worthless and the Earth will devour us to grow a new skin. It ends with a positive thought though: “still it is so beautiful to stand here with you, at the end of all. That is what remains after us.” There is humanity left in humans, but their beloved civilisation needs to become extinct, so the world will get healthy again. Conoisseurs of modern classical music might spot a Gyorgy Ligeti sample in the second half of the song.

Rainy Friday
The most sappy song and my least favourite today, after 5 years. Cure fans might enjoy it though. It is almost fully instrumental, but it’s basically about a lonely (and rainy) friday spent at home, watching the rain pouring outside and thinking of someone you will probably never meet again.