Caput Mundi / Swiebodnosc

An Album By

Malchus / Pospolite Ruszenie

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This full-length split is comprised of 7 songs from up-and-comers Malchus and 3 from newcomers Pospolite Ruszenie, adding a significant addition to the folk metal repertoire – and 2 thoroughly different takes on it as well. Malchus take their heavy, gothic-tinged form of extreme metal and add just a touch of folk in the melodies and song structures. For them, folk is an influence, not a defining characteristic. They have gotten heavier, too, since we last heard from them on Didymos. Pospolite Rusznenie, on the other hand, take a handful of Eastern European folk sounds (both bands are from Poland) and a handful of heavy metallic rock and combine them in equal measure. Does it work? Let me just say I dare you to put this disc on and not dance around the house like medieval minstrel-cum-warrior! [Nocturnal Mass] Loyd Harp


The Undertaking 2021

Quite The Undertaking

Frenzied. Chaotic. Punk. The Undertaking!, San Diego's newest wild bunch, is about to release their debut album, and, if their live show is a premonition of any kind, the world will be opening up to one heck of a party with them. Contributing writer Andrew Voigt talks to vocalist Austin Visser about the band's new album, the reality of their music, and how they've been able to embrace their creative freedom.


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