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Tarbathian chronicles 2022

Last year's retrospective through Tarbathian glasses

Surely the start of the year brings mandatory flashbacks of the past 365 (and more) days. For the sake of capturing history, let us briefly remind the deeds of Tarbathian metal scene within the year number 2022.

This is what was left of Undergrounded and Tarbathians after the premiere in Tallinn.

The year was rather modest regarding its amount of concerts though among those, some special events might be catching one’s eye. The goat-scented death-black trio Ziegenhorn performed at the black metal festival Howls Of Winter, Tallinn in February, and in May they visited Scotland to celebrate the presentation of “Full Moon Calling”, the newest album of the notorious local melodic black metal figure Nyctopia.

The ragnarok ‘n’ roll grouping Ulguränd and the death-doom quartet Woundgiver stepped on the stage of Estonia’s most important metal festival Hard Rock Laager. Tankist – one of the more aggressive thrash-metal bands – stepped on the floorboards of (among others) Hard Rock Laager, Barbar Feast and Punk & Rock festival.

For a short period of time, the end of summer and start of autumn also brought the atmospheric black metal band Wolfskrone on stage, out of whose two performances this year the first one was in August at the Barther Metal Open Air in Germany.

Ziegenhorn nailing the crowd in front of the stage in club Tapper.

September undoubtedly turned out to be the most intensive month of the year. For that, we could blame the German film makers from Undergrounded whose expedition to South-Estonia in 2021 eventually resulted in the documentary “Tartu Under the Horns”. The film was premiered in Elektriteater, an art-house cinema in Tartu, and Black Magic Estonia, an underground black metal club in Tallinn. The documentary was also uploaded to Youtube.

The film premieres were well-attended, to be frank. In both Tartu and Tallinn, the events were complemented by a diverse cultural program which basically included everything that Pergerus and its wider circle could offer at that moment. In Tartu, three bands performed at the club Rock & Roll: the death duo Graveater, the one and only Setonic black metal band Langenu and Wolfskrone, for whom it was their second and also last performance. The line-up at Black Magic Estonia in Tallinn consisted of the technical pagan black metal elite Pagansarv. 

In addition to the bands, exclusive exhibitions by Fen, Skaðvaldur and Form provided gems of visual art. In Tallinn, there was also a discussion with Tristan Priimägi and Ahto-Lembit Lehtmets which shed light on the early history of metal in Tartu – that is, the scene of the 1990s.

A grim setting of night time stories with Ahto-Lembit Lehtmets and Tristan Priimägi.

In 2022, the release of music continued on a quite industrial scale. Already in February, Graveater single-handedly released their cassette “… Of Harrowing Remains”.


Warhorn Records, Tartu’s very own record label, strengthened their international connections by releasing the first full-length of the Scottish black metal band Nyctopia, “Full Moon Calling”, in the beginning of March.

The second half of the year increased the baby-boom of releases even more, Warhorn Records being the midwife for three of those. In August, the carrier of cosmic horrors Swarn released their second album “Whispers From Beyond” in a total of three different formats – on CD, vinyl and cassette, the last two of which were released in cooperation of Guano Records and Stuka Sound. In September came out the music video of Pagansarv “Kaarnakarva” from the album released a year before. In October, Langenu developed a mini-album named “Setooniq”, which was also the first metal-album in the world entirely in Seto language. It was accompanied by the band’s lyricists 1695 and Koljat’s exclusive poetry book “Setoonligu’ värsi’” (“Setonic verses”).

The darkness of December became a witness for the first full-length studio album of Ziegenhorn, namely “Blut and Kaos”. This year, with the support of the German label Wolfsgrimm Records, it can also be expected on a vinyl format. For a song of the album, “Chant for Utopia”, a music video was published. The doom-stoner trio Fhtagn got done with their third full-length album “Sügavik”.

As some other things are still in production, we can somewhat carefully predict that also the year of 2023 will not bring a drought to the low shores of Emajõgi.

Written by 1695

From Pergerus bands in the year of 2022:

Ziegenhorn released a new full-length album

Blut & Kaos is the name of the newborn

The name Ziegenhorn is not unheard of for some while now. In fact, they have gained some international success and performed at festivals such as Barther Metal Open Air – a truly cozy event with a great atmosphere where you can tent in the forest. Also one of the few festivals that has not diverged far from black metal other than a slight infection of folk metal in its line-ups.

…but we are talking about Ziegenhorn here, a band which can be described as black-death metal. 

“Blut and Kaos” is going to take you to the world not dominated by peace and order. Instead, you will be presented dark forces which are most commonly imagined wearing horns and hooves. The visual aesthetics of the album are also representing its theme tightly and fit well together with the music. Three different metal-headed artists have worked on it and the results are beautiful.

While it is not the first musical release from this band, it is their first full-length studio album. Previously there has been “Goat Demo(n)” (2019) and “Caprae Vestigia In Pergero” (2021) – a rare release only circulating as a hand-to-hand copy. Naturally, Ziegenhorn’s music could not be left out from “Tarbathian Fortress” (2020) either, which was a nine-band split.

The album “Blut and Kaos” was released on CD and digital platforms on 12.12.22 and the vinyl press will present itselt to patient listeners in April of 2023 by Warhorn Records and the German label Wolfsgrimm Records. The vinyl comes on two types of plastic – limited red and black.

Setooniq album release

Langenu will release the world’s first black metal recording entirely in Seto language

The psychedelic black metal act Langenu from Tartu, Estonia will release their brand new EP “Setooniq” this October. The four track recording is unique for its pervasive use of Seto language in the lyrics. Seto is a Baltic Finnic language spoken by only ca 10 000 – 12 000 people mostly in South-East Estonia. In terms of music it has been predominantly used in various folk related genres but its wide possibilities enable it to reach totally new grounds, including extreme metal. Since several members of Langenu have themselves Eastern Seto roots, casting Seto language and themes into the mould of heavy music was only a natural choice to them.


Despite the fact that the music of Langenu undoubtedly rises from the rich black metal soil, “Setooniq” cannot be easily defined stylistically – aggressive soundscapes are diversified with surprising arrangements and non-traditional instruments like glockenspiel and trumpet. Also, a guest vocalist Eliisa Kõiv has added some ethereal female vocals.

In addition to the EP the lyricists of the band 1695 and Koljat are also publishing a volume of poems in Seto “Setoonligu’ värsi’” (‘Setonic Verses’) which includes both the lyrics of Langenu as well as previously unreleased texts.

“Setooniq” will be released on 10.10.2022 by Warhorn Records as a digipak CD and digitally.

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