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Last week, Black Country heavy metal minstrels Dark Forest unveiled their fourth album ‘Beyond The Veil’ (Cruz Del Sur). Whipping up stirring paeans to nature, the seasons and the mighty, gallant genre of power metal, these Brits deservedly took their place among the great and the good who are putting the traditional metal values at the heart of their song-craft.

Falling in love with each and every song on the album, we cornered main song-writer, lyricist, guitarist and all-round English eccentric to find out what was on the Walkman on those long meanders through the woods to inspire such an collection of heavy metal anthems. Here is the tape he made for us, if you need us we’ll be in the forest…


Side A

Isen Torr – ‘Mighty & Superior’ This is heavy, thundering metal at its best from the genius that is Rich Walker (Solstice). Full of energy and power!

Blind Guardian – ‘The Soulforged’ I always loved the way Blind Guardian infuse elements of medieval and folk melodies into their music, great example here.

Forefather – ‘Miri It Is’ A brilliant take on a Middle English poem written in 1225.

Iron Maiden – ‘Dance Of Death’ Maiden always has to be in there! I chose ‘Dance Of Death’ … Read More


Old Empire & Tidal Concerts have just announced a London show for Finnish Psychedelic folk rockers Hexvessel at the prestigious The 100 Club on April 12th, 2016.

This will be the first show in the capital for the band after the release of fourth album ‘When Are Death’

The follow-up to 2012’s ‘No Holier Temple’ full-length and 2013’s ‘Iron Marsh’ EP, which both came out on Svart Records.

The band recently signed to Century Media and ‘When We Are Death’ is available for pre-order now.

They also launched a Pledge campaign with proceeds going to help save the forests that give them so much of their inspiration

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