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Cult Never Dies is proud to present an exclusive preview of ‘Guardian Unbound’,  the opening song from Oathbearer, the debut album by UK black metal outfit FELLWARDEN. Featuring two thirds of the line-up of acclaimed atmospheric/post black metal band FEN, Fellwarden take inspiration from the rugged landscapes of Northern England as well as the works of classic nature-inspired black metal bands of the past. As the press release explains:  

“Fellwarden was a concept forged by The Watcher (Fen, De Arma) back in 2014 to give voice to an epic, exultant form of black metal that nonetheless carries with it echoes of deep lamentation and remembrance. The Watcher’s goal was simple – to tell tales of sacrifice, of long-forgotten heroism and the rearing timelessness of the storm-forged landscape against a backdrop of windswept extreme metal. Fellwarden’s sound is steeped passionate vocals, subtle waves of keyboards, acoustic guitars, booming choirs and powerful riffs, underpinned by a cavernous percussive battery courtesy of Havenless (also of Fen).

After two years of careful crafting, the debut album of Fellwarden ‘Oathbearer’ is now ready to be proudly unleashed by Eisenwald – six stirring hymns of strident ambience and powerfully emotive songwriting. A heavily layered, textured release, ‘Oathbearer’ at once convokes the essence of contemporary acts such as Drudkh and Negura Bunget whilst simultaneously channelling the spirit of the old masters – Summoning, Bathory, Abigor, (early) Emperor and (early) Ulver.”  


Lifelover, Hypothermia, Kall [all UK live debuts] Eye Of Solitude, 2015. 
Cult Of Fire, Saturnalia Temple, Skan [all UK debuts], Shrines, 2015.
Scythian, Crom Dubh (DJs: Melissa of Adorior, Matt Razor of Razor Of Occam), 2015.
Mastiphal [UK live debut], Virophage (DJs Tchort, Dammit, Dayal), 2015.
Book launch for Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies Volume One and Ester Segarra Exhibition (DJs: Flauros of Mastiphal, artist Gareth Elliot), 2015.
Tchort (/The 3rd Attempt/Carpathian Forest), one of those interviewed in the first book in the 'Black Metal Cult' series: Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult, published by Feral House in late 2013/early 2014.
Sakis Tolis of Rotting Christ, 2014. Photo: Labrini Gouma.

Gaahl with Black Metal: Evolution Of The Cult, the first book in the 'Cult Black Metal' series, and author Dayal Patterson, Norway, 2014.

Copies of Black Metal: Prelude To The Cult by Dayal Patterson, late 2013/early 2014.

Inside Black Metal: Prelude To The Cult.

Some of the Cult Never Dies coven at the Cult Visions book release/exhibition 
Copies of the Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies Volume One boxset edition.

Satyr of Satyricon with Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies Volume One and author Dayal Patterson, Norway, 2015. Photo: Daniel Nyman.

Cult Never Dies contributors Gareth Elliot (artist) and Ester Segarra (photographer) at the launch of Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies Volume One, London, 2015.
Cult Of Fire live debut in London, 2015. Photo: Ester Segarra.

Virophage, London, 2015.
Kim Carlsson performing at the Lifelover/Hypothermia/Kall show in London, 2015.