Ukrainian ambient folk pagan metal outfit MUNRUTHEL, which is celebrating its 15-year anniversary, has unleashed a new video for the title track from their forthcoming fifth album, CREEDamage. The video is now playing at this location.
CREEDamage will be released on November 12th via Svarga Music. Performed in the finest traditions of Symphonic Pagan Metal, the new album also features guest vocals from Masha “Scream” (ARKONA) and Wulfstan (FOREFATHER), as well as a cracking cover of BATHORY’s “The Lake.”
MUNRUTHEL‘s most mature work to date, the album’s musical canvas is decorated not only with the atmospheric dabs inherent in early works of the project’s composer, but also with the aggressive riffing first heard on Oriana’s Tales and fully revealed on Epoch of Aquarius. CREEDamage will be more interesting to the admirers of a heavy guitar sound that is matched with powerful orchestral arrangements and graceful atmospherics.The album concept covers topics that have been explored by the composer since MUNRUTHEL‘s origin in 1995. Specifically, it concerns his boundless love for Mother Nature, as an embodiment of native, natural beliefs and a primordial pagan outlook. The track “Carpathians’ Shield” is dedicated to the memory of last known Molphar (traditional sorcerer by birth in Carpathian culture) Mikhail Nechay (24.02.1930 – 14.07.2011), who was killed in the summer of 2011 by a Christian zealot.
CREEDamage will be released in standard jewel-case and limited 6-panel digipak formats.
Munruthel just might be Ukrainian black metal’s best-kept secret … fantastical to the Nth degree, with all the pomp and circumstance of Rhapsody of Fire, Septicflesh, or even Ex Deo.” – Zero Tolerance #049 (UK) [4.5/6]
“Shiningly cinematic and unapologetic in its defiance of genre.”
– Terrorizer #229 (UK) [4/5]
“An organic, eloquent expression of its creator’s personal vision. CREEDamage is an unselfconscious challenge to the limitations that metal imposes on itself.”
– Destructive Music (UK) [10/10]
Soundcheck #2 (out of 45)! – Parat Magazine (Czech)
“This album have thousand and one details that will keep your attention from beginning to the end of the disc!” – Queens of Steel (Spain) [9.5/10]
“Extremely rich, massive, explosive, detailed, natural, serious, intense, and, finally, melodic! If you even a bit like a well produced, played, sung and perfectly massive epic pagan folk metal, then you simply have to get this masterpiece!”
– Nocturne (Serbia) [9.5/10]
“I don’t think I have heard an album, at least not in the recent past, where guitar riffs, rich orchestration and authentic Ukrainian feeling were in such perfect harmony. “
– MetalReviews (USA) [91/100] – Album of the Month!
“CREEDamage is an epic and hugely entertaining piece of work, it is ambitious, dramatic and incredibly well conceived.” – Ave Noctum (UK) [8.5/10]
“With CREEDamage MUNRUTHEL sits on his throne of Ukraine’s Metal! Hail to the King!” – Metalland (France)
“The truth is that it is an excellent job from start to finish.”
– Xtreem Music (Spain) [9/10]
1995 The Ancients’ Wisdom (demo as SILENTIUM)
1997 Yav, Nav i Prav
1999 Oriana Tales
2005 Kolo (as KOLO)
2006 Epoch of Aquarius
2011 The Dark Saga – Original Soundtrack