Kathrine Shepard, better known as Sylvaine, is a Norwegian singer/songwriter whose blending of the ethereal and extreme makes for some of the most beautiful music Iโ€™ve heard in years. Shepardโ€™s vocals are delicate, and haunting. Beautiful clean melodies float gently above the delicate music, but suddenly everything shifts. Black metal strumming takes hold and that … Continue reading 259: SYLVAINE

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1349, whose name comes from the year the Black Death reached their homeland, are a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1997. Since Satyricon drummer Frost joined in 2000, the lineup has remained mostly unchanged. The core four of Ravn, Seidemann, Archaon, and Frost have performed on every album. 1349 are pure Norwegian black metal. … Continue reading 254: 1349


The music of Heilung could be described as Nordic folk or neofolk, but the way they describe it themselves is far more fitting - amplified history. Featuring members from Germany, Norway, and Denmark, Heilung utilise myriad traditional instruments from varied ancient culture. Thematically, the focus is the Germanic people of the bronze, iron, and Viking … Continue reading 202: HEILUNG


Vegard Sverre Tveitan, better known as Ihsahn, is the frontman of Emperor. He is also straight up black metal royalty. With Emperor, he is hugely responsible in the formation and progression of the black metal subgenre. Rather than rest on his laurels, however, Ihsahn has continued to be a driving force in the genre, continuing … Continue reading 148: IHSAHN