VOTA REVIEW: The Spirit Never Dies split, Graveland/Nokturnal Mortum

Nearly a decade has passed since the two undisputed kings of Slavonic Pagan Black Metal graced the same record together. Once again the war horns have sounded in the east, and both Poland and the Ukraine's finest have answered the call. The wait is finally over. It's not often that I review CDs, in fact this is the first one, and to be honest I still would have preferred this on wax, but as it's the only format available I had no choice...
VOTA REVIEW: Ostara demo, Necropole

With Hellfest now behind us and Mütiilation's amazing show as well as the beautiful French countryside etched firmly in my mind, I have been on a bit of a French Black Metal binge lately. After hammering my way through the obligatory Les Legions Noir stalwarts Vlad Tepes, Mütiilation and Torgeist as well as modern French hooligans Peste Noir I finally got round to this beautiful little demo tape from newcomers to the French Scene Necropole. I received a flyer for the band’s first demo...
VOTA REVIEW: Guthmers Hahl, White Medal

The UK's Black Metal scene is probably the strongest it's ever been at the moment, with a lot of creative and hard working bands consistently releasing inspiring and solid records (long gone are the embarrassing cringe worthy days of bands like cradle of filth) and no band is harder working than one man Black Metal Project White Medal and its unique brand of "Yorkshire Heathen Black Metal". The project is the brainchild of one of the most consistent and productive artists in the Britisht...
VOTA REVIEW: Death Rune EP, Sons of Fenris

Sweden based label and dark Germanic Heathenism collective Scythe Of Death Productions has graced the underground with some fantastic music in recent years, with some of Black Metal's finest bands rallying under the SDP banner and unleashing Abgrundjaskalkaz inspired rituals on those whose ears are ready to tread the path of the primordial void and return to Ginnungagap(I may write an article on dark Germanic Heathenism in the future so watch this space)...
VOTA REVIEW: Ad Maiorem Sathanae Gloriam, Countess

When you think of Black Metal, Holland is not the first country that springs to mind. However the Netherlands is home to some fantastic BM bands like Urfaust, Murw, Hekel, Mordeahoth and Cultus to name a few. None of these hold such cult status (with the exception of Urfaust these days) as Countess, though. Formed in the early 90's and heavily influenced by the music of Bathory and Venom, Countess unleashed its orthodox Black Metal into the underground tape trading circuit...
VOTA: Ukrainian Black Metal

The Ukraine has always had a very strong and active Black Metal scene. It leans heavily to the Pagan and atmospheric side of things, and the majority of the band’s concepts and ideas are drawn from old Slavic and germanic mythology, history, nature and national identity. In turn this produces a sound that is both unique and inspiring and it's no secret that I'm a huge fan! There is a lot of folk influence but the sound remains raw, untamed and rooted in traditional black metal so as to...
VOTA REVIEW: Zeitgeist, Heimdalls Wahct/Trollzorn Split

Now I have to say that I'm a huge fan of splits. They’ve always been a great way to discover new bands as well as a chance to get hold of some rare tracks from bands you already know. It's no secret around here that I'm a huge fan of German Pagan Black Metallers Heimdalls Wacht, and their unique brand of Heathen Black Metal has always struck a chord with me. It had been two years since the band's last full length Ekte Westfäölske Svatte Metal so I was pretty hyped at the chance to...
VOTA REVIEW: Atmosphere, Kladovest

For those of you who don’t know, Kaldovest are a Ukrainian atmospheric Black Metal project consisting of Dimitry K.(of Flammersjel) And Thurios (of Drudkh and Astrofaes fame). Here I will be reviewing the Cassette version of the album Atmosphere from 2012 released by Warewolf promotions/Putrid Cult and limited to 320 copies. From the album title and the cover art alone you can already guess what awaits you within which is something that really is nothing short of what it....
VOTA REVIEW: Moonsorrow, Northern Oak @ Fibbers, York 21/02/2015

Hail! For the last few years now some smart individuals have been booking pagan metal bands to coincide with the Jorvik Viking Festival in York, which also lands pretty close to my Name Day. Myself and the D&L team went up a few years ago to see a much younger and inexperienced TYR and had a bloody good weekend, hence why I jumped at the chance to see Moonsorrow at a similar one off show, so me and the mrs packed up...
VOTA - The Pagan Herald Fanzine

Hail, and welcome to Voice of the Ancients! Now, personally I am not a big fan of the whole internet thing. Well not the internet itself but more the idea of sitting in front of a computer reading (the irony of me sat here writing these reviews not being lost). It seems in this day and age nothing is real anymore. Nothing is physical and you can’t hold it in your hands, it’s all just numbers floating around in an endless void. It seems that our connection to the world around us has been severed...
VOTA REVIEW: Sejr, Angantyr

Hail! Angantyr is a one man black metal project from Denmark created by ex-Holmgang member Ynleborgaz and today I will be reviewing the cassette version of the album Sejr, released by Total Holocaust Records and limited to 500 copies. With it, Angantyr stand defiant in the face of Christianity, and the indignation fueled rage felt towards the bastardisation and destruction of our ancestor’s cultural beliefs erupts from the speakers like a warband of Danes launching a raid on a monastery... READ MORE


Artist - Jesters of Destiny
Title - The Sorrows That Refuse to Drown
Label - Ektro

Thirty years after Jesters of Destiny arrived, dropped Fun at the Funeral and disappeared back into the night, they’re finally back with a second full length release courtesy of Ektro Records, and whilst it could never live up to first album, the eccentricity of the band shines through once more and it’s a crazy ride from start to finish. Pick it up on April 4th!



Artist - Hammerfest IX
Date - 23rd- 26th March
Venue - Pwllheli, Wales  

One of our main highlights of the year, this month we’re off to Wales for Hammerfest, HRH’s Heavy Metal flagship. With the return of two Power Metal titans alongside a host of others, this year looks to be one of their best ever. We’ll be covering the whole festival and conducting interviews as well so lookout for the cameras!