“Barbarianism is the natural state of mankind. Civilization is unnatural. It is the whim of circumstance. And barbarianism must ultimately triumph.” – Robert E. Howard


Barbarian Skull Webzine was created in 2014 by Nate (aka MacTaidh), a Dungeon Synth artist behind the projects Hrungnir, Cimitir, Askaz, and Oldenhelm. The zine was created to promote obscure music projects in various genres including Metal, Folk, Dark Ambient, Martial, Dungeon Synth, and other forms of underground music; focusing on contemporary releases (usually released within the last five years). The bands covered are typically bands who self-release their work or rely on small modest labels, some of which have few or no other published promotion online (for example, although a band such as Drudkh is a great band, it would not be covered by Barbarian Skull considering there are plenty of reviews and material covering the band available already).

Additionally, Barbarian Skull aims to promote the Dungeon Synth music genre in particular, considering the very limited amount of resources available online dedicated to the last great and truly undiscovered Metal subgenre.

DISCLAIMER: Barbarian Skull SUPPORTS the artists featured. Every review is based on legally purchased releases in which the band, label, or distro was paid directly (with the exception of projects like Gvasdnahr, who releases all of their music for free and paying is not an option). The grading scale used for reviews is moderately strict, and a perfect 5 / 5 score is only reserved for absolute mandatory modern day classics. Barbarian Skull has no interest in making underground music politically correct, friendly, or acceptable in the eyes of others. Barbarian Skull has no political affiliations of any kind.