Wilderun – Veil of Imagination

“The passion caused by the great and the sublime in nature, when those causes operate most powerfully, is Astonishment; and astonishment is that state of the soul, in which all its motions are suspended, with some degree of horror. … It is productive of the strongest emotion which the mind…

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PHOTOS: Paganfest 2014—Korpiklaani, Turisas, ChthoniC, VARG, Winterhymn—May 3rd, 2014 @ Mojoe’s, Joliet, IL

Greetings, folk fans and godless heathens! Welcome to another year of Paganfest with Paganfest 2014. On tour for the fifth year, we have the world’s biggest folk-influenced bands to come together on a single tour across North America to bring you all the accordions, violins, fiddles, and hoopla you can…

Turisas – Turisas2013

Let’s get this out of the way right now – who in their right mind calls an album Turisas2013? It’s just two words wedged together that, even when separated, mean next to nothing. Mathias Nygård, the band’s lyricist and principal songwriter, feeling the need to explain it up front, calls it “the perfect combination of self-titled with a touch of Black Sabbath’s Vol.4 and Van Halen’s 1984.” Those are not the sort of album titles to try and live up to. The former was forced on the band by the record company who wanted to call it Snowblind and the latter actually appeared on the front cover as MCMLXXXIV – still awful but at least it looked a little more interesting like that. No, sir, it’s a needlessly ambiguous, slapdash and horribly misguided eyesore of a title. Still, what’s in a name — it’s all about the music, right?