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Finsterforst are back, but know that this band's brand of pagan metal is a far cry from the Paganfest school of drunken, arms-linked-and-swinging folk dancing fodder. The tragic, punishing music found on their upcoming album Zerfall finds the band regaining their footing after a recent stylistic departure.

This is the music of old stories and people gathered around fires. Watch an exclusive video premiere of the album's title track below.

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Continuing in Quorthon's footsteps, the deliberately paced, balladic metal found within "Zerfall" never moves beyond a slow head-bob, but in that they are able to build a constant, monolithic atmosphere which defines the album as a whole. There is no goofiness here, nor anything resembling happiness. Rather, Finsterforst's heroic saga is a cataclysm of forward motion and outward expanse.

To this listener, "Zerfall" is a new pinnacle in pagan metal: a proper ballad which weaves the tragedies found within tales of old.

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Zerfall releases August 2nd via Napalm Records.

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