BUTTERFLY TEMPLE can be credited to a large extent with igniting the current explosion of Russian pagan metal, which began in the early to mid 2000's.
They formed in 1995 and released a number of demos, but really found their sound on the 1999 debut album Veles. One of Russia's largest labels signed them shortly after and their influence spread immediately.
The Times of Mara was originally released May 19th 2005, this is a 2008 European re-issue preserving the original texts in a 20 page booklet. Guests include Manni Schmidt of GRAVE DIGGER and members of OLGA DZUSOVA and CATHARSIS.
...only Time of Mara provides as much consistent mastery of folk metal. You will not be hearing an album full of accordions or flutes, these only appear occasionally, but instead this album is more progressive folk metal in the vein of Vintersorg. - Metal Archives 5/5
Daily Noise: Metal & Punk History
Monday, 22 April
40 Years Ago CRASS record Reality Asylum
Sunday, 21 April
38 Years Ago THE BIRTHDAY PARTY record their second Peel session
Saturday, 20 April
15 Years Ago ARKONA release Vozrozhdenie
Friday, 19 April
40 Years Ago POISON GIRLS record Hex
Thursday, 18 April
16 Years Ago IMMOLATION live in Amsterdam
Wednesday, 17 April
30 Years Ago ANNIHILATOR release Alice in Hell
Friday, 5 April
32 Years Ago SABBAT live in Osaka
Thursday, 4 April
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