Feb 212014

Now this is some truly heart-warming news, at least for my black heart. The organizers of PAGANFEST AMERICA PART V have just announced the schedule of dates — which I will share with you in a moment. But first, here are five reasons why this is worth noticing:

Korpiklaani:  They are a band that I think are worth seeing whenever the opportunity presents itself. It doesn’t even matter if their music isn’t in your regular rotation. I’ve seen them twice, and I’m completely sold. Jonne Järvelä is a magnetic, high-energy, infectiously good-natured frontman, the smiling Buddha-like bass-player Jarkko Aaltonen has an epic beard, they sing a lot about drinking, and they know how to rock the fuck out in a live setting.

Turisas: Never seen them, but based on concert videos I’ve watched, I’m betting they will be tons of fun too.

Chthonic: Their last two albums are really good (I hadn’t fully climbed on the Chthonic bandwagon before then), and based on videos, they also look like they know how to put on a kickass show.

Varg: If you haven’t seen this video yet, it pretty much explains why I’m up for them.

Winterhymn: I hadn’t heard of this band before seeing the tour poster. They’re from Cincinnati, they released a debut album named Songs For the Slain in 2011, and a single called “Huntsman” last year. I just listened to it, and these ladies and gentlemen are going to fit in just fine on this tour. It’s a fist-pumping, hair-whipping, full-gallop romp of pagan/folk metal.  They look the part, too. The song and the 2011 album are free on Bandcamp.


So yes, I’m ready for this tour — which makes it a good thing that it’s coming to Seattle. And here are the rest of the dates:


04/25/14 Springfield, VA Empire
04/26/14 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
04/27/14 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
04/28/14 New York, NY Irving Plaza
04/29/14 Quebec City, QC Imperial
04/30/14 Montreal, QC Metropolis
05/01/14 Toronto, ON The Opera House
05/02/14 Columbus, OH Alrosa Villa
05/03/14 Joliet, IL Mojoe’s
05/04/14 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theater – B**
05/05/14 Winnipeg, MB Zoo Cabaret
05/07/14 Calgary, AB The Republik
05/08/14 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
05/09/14 Seattle, WA El Corazon
05/10/14 Portland, OR Toxic Lounge
05/11/14 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
05/12/14 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
05/13/14 West Hollywood, CA House of Blues
05/15/14 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
05/16/14 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
05/17/14 Detroit, MI Harpo’s
05/18/14 Worcester, MA The Palladium


  1. Well..there goes any hope I had that Manegarm would make their way to the U.S…Dammit Paganfest..dump Chthonic and Varg and dont come back until youve got Suidakra and Manegarm

  2. I don’t care what you think about Turisas’ music, seeing them play “Rasputin” live is one of the most fun things a metalhead can do.

  3. Funny how Pagan Fest keeps kicking off in the crappy little suburban town I live in. How Empire became such a draw for big European metal acts I will never understand, the venue is complete crap. Still, fuck yeah Turisas and Korpiklaani.

    • That’s how I feel about Ramona, and its venue. It’s also further away from me than downtown, which kinda sucks. Oh well, at least it’s coming to San Diego-ish.

  4. if their Kansas City show wasn’t so close to the Slayer/Exodus show in May i might have jumped on this, but i’m on a very strict concert budget 🙂 too bad, sounds awesome!

  5. I will attend this thing just on the chance Varg will play Wolfzeit.

  6. Join the facebook event for the Seattle date here https://www.facebook.com/events/635773433157080/?fref=ts. My band Blood and Thunder is opening it shall be a folking awesome show!

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