Black Ivory Mixtape - Asgardsrei V Edition

December 14, 2016

This is a special mixtape in anticipation of Asgardsrei V festival, which will take place in Kiev, Ukraine on the 18th of December. Many of the bands playing and present have been covered by Black Ivory Tower over the years, so we wish to celebrate this coming together of legendary metal artists with a mixtape featuring selected songs by Peste Noire, Moloth, Nokturnal Mortum, Kroda and Wehrwolf.


Black Ivory Mixtape vol. 8 - …To Vladivostok

November 17, 2016

"...To Vladivostok" is a musical journey from Eastern Europe to the Russian Far East.

We start in Lithuania and Belarus (historically united in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania) before moving on to the European territories of Russia, while also making a brief stop in Ukraine. In Russia, we go from the Arctic cities of Murmansk and Arkhangelsk down to Moscow and into the Siberian heartlands surrounding Krasnoyarsk. Our final stop is beyond the borders of Mongolia, in the Russian Far East. An epilogue captures the spirit shared by many of the visited territories, and recalls a brief memory of what once was, way back in the West of Europe.

This mixtape includes both traditional and modern interpretations of folk music; a capella songs as well as instrumentals, connecting music that is both wildly varied and spiritually alike.

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1. Nubiferous - Source of lunar waters (0:00)
2. Stary Olsa - Ладдзя (1:45)
3. Spanxti - Už kalnelio ežerėlis (2:51)
4. Kamaedzitsa - Пяруне (7:48)
5. Stary Olsa - Ружа (8:37)
6. Ugniavijas - Žvingia Žvingia (11:49)
7. Stary Olsa - Песнь а Будзіне (15:27)
8. Drudkh - Журавлі ніколи не повернуться сюди (20:14)
9. Moon Far Away - Цветики (23:36)
10. Lyudi na Kholme - Нойд (27:39)
11. Krynitza - Черный ворон (31:38)
12. Knyazhaya Pustyn - Ковыль-Трава (35:20)
13. Lesnoy Tanets - Думы валунов (37:01)
14. Volkolak - Один против Тумена (40:42)
15. Volkolak - От брата до ворога (43:22)
16. Hate Forest - Поминальна [field recording] (47:59)
17. Moon Far Away - Мама Русь (49:55)
18. Knyazhaya Pustyn - Han som reiste (57:26)

Total time: 58 minutes

Mixed by Degtyarov


Black Ivory Mixtape vol. 7 - From Dublin…

November 12, 2016

From Dublin... offers a collection of songs from Ireland, England and Scotland, as interpreted by Irish, British and American artists across several generations.

The idea for this new mixtape was inspired by All and one, together, for home, a double CD of collected folk songs by metal artists. Particularly Winterfylleth's contribution was impressive, hence two of their songs being featured on this mixtape.

In addition to classic Irish artists such as The Dubliners and Luke Kelly, this mixtape also features a few songs from the more obscure discography of Tomás Ó Canainn.


1. Tomás Ó Canainn - Francey (0:00)
2. Luke Kelly - The night visiting song (1:11)
3. The Dubliners - Weila Woila (4:35)
4. Winterfylleth - John Barleycorn (8:18)
5. Tomás Ó Canainn - The groves of Glanmire (15:34)
6. Halfpence and Haypenny - Ferryman's daughter- Rug Mhuire Mac do Dhia (18:19)
7. Luke Kelly - Foggy dew (1966 version) (22:47)
8. Liam Weldon - Dark horse on the wind (26:15)
9. Winterfylleth - The three ravens (33:11)
10. Tomás Ó Canainn - Deirdre's lament (35:04)
11. The Ronnie Drew Group - McAlpine's fusiliers (1963 version) (40:09)

Total time: 42:29

Mixed by Degtyarov


Ep. 4 - Death in Rome, Roadburn, Album art clichés, Bagpipesplaining

November 3, 2016

Tenebrous Kate joins Degtyarov to talk about Roadburn 2017, Neige et Noirceur, Zeal and Ardor, and Death in Rome.

Our discussion of this week is about album cover clichés. From misty forests to lesbian vampires, we cover it all!

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Black Ivory Mixtape vol. 6 - Roadside Picnic

October 27, 2016

We are proud to present Roadside Picnic, our latest mixtape, and the most polished one to date.

This mixtape is a continuation of the themes on 
Eastern Mysteries, our 3rd mixtape. It features some of the same artists, but put together even more fluidly. The intent of Roadside Picnic is to offer you the same wholesome experience as a full-length album.

Be sure to visit 
our showpost for sources and translations of the samples and other additional info.


1. Alexey Omelchuk - Jupiter theme (night) [Degtyarov edit] (0:00)
2. Sivyj Yar - Только бездна внемлет нам теперь (5:12)
3. Jar - Jatvieź (12:48)
4. Piarevaracien - Untitled II (18:41) 
5. Isa - Тайна при жизни (24:43)
6. Knyazhaya Pustyn - Морозное седое утро (29:46)
7. Knyazhaya Pustyn - Сердце леса (33:16)
8. Na Sever - Моя любовь - смерть (39:46)
9. Zgard - Через ліс (43:30)
10. MoozE - Monolith mystery (51:26)

Total time: 53:32

Mixed by Degtyarov

Ep. 3 - Dropshot, Sale Freux, Awkward interviews

October 21, 2016

Degtyarov is joined by MDL - the King of Queen English - to talk about licorice liquor, some new releases from France and Agatus's new album.

For our Metal + Alt + Delete section, in which we discuss our metal-related woes, this week's topic is awkward metal interviews. We give our top 5 of most awkward metal interviews, including samples and audacious banter.

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showpost on the Black Ivory Tower website for links and more info.

Black Ivory Mixtape vol. 5 - Volk Voices

October 14, 2016
This is a collection of folk songs that ranges from authentic traditional music to folk-influenced pop. With the exception of the Lithuanians of Spanxti, all artists featured on this mixtape are Russian. Later this year, Black Ivory Tower will also publish a mixtape with Western folk artists in order to show both the diversity and continuity of the European music traditions.


1. Volkolak - Чурам (0:00)
2. Anna Pingina - Лети ветер (2:22)
3. Spanxti - Leliumai (7:34)
4. Krynitza - Князь (14:45)
5. Risha - Дороженька (18:49)
6. Olga Arefyeva - Пророк (22:44)
7. Nikolai Emelin - Русь (26:27)
8. Svechanik - Военные страдания (29:38)
9. Anna Pingina - Бесконечная (35:02)

Total time: 38:52

Mixed by Degtyarov

Ep. 2 - Fenriz, Recentism, Cóndor, Staying gnarly

October 6, 2016
This week, Degtyarov is joined by BIT contributor and singer of Cóndor Antonio Espinosa. Together, they discuss new releases by Winterfylleth and Velimor, as well as Blood Incantation's most recent album.

Our big topic this episode is 'recentism', a term we use to describe the tendency of metal writers and listeners to check out as many new releases as possible without ever delving deeper into any of the music they come across. Additional talking points include the detrimental effects of rock marketing in metal and classical music, and how underground metal is more than just entertainment.

Last but certainly not least, we take a look at Cóndor's new album Sangreal, which is due to be released on October 12th.

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Black Ivory Mixtape vol. 4 - This is War

September 30, 2016
This mixtape has war as its main theme, and sees artists approach it from different musical and political angles. The bands featured in this list have nothing to do with each other and real life and were chosen solely based on musical qualities and compatibility.


1. Intro - Rise of Genghis Khan (0:00)
2. Stary Olsa - Падымалісь чорны хмары... (Абарона Крычава) (0:37)
3. Hammer of Hate - Słowianie (4:21)
4. Honor - Żołnierz Północy - Nordland (8:26)
5. Grazhdanskaya Oborona - Белые солдаты (12:21)
6. Kolovrat - Ижевский полк (13:47)
7. Eshelon - Священная Война (15:40)
8. Tormentia - Żołnierz Westerplatte (20:50)
9. Tormentia - Cena idei (25:47)
10. Ugniavijas - Palaukėj pamiškėj (31:14)

Total time: 33:40

Ep. 1 - Nasty album covers, Visa issues, Aesthetic Priming, Duke Nukem

September 25, 2016

In the first episode of Transmissions from the Black Ivory Tower, Degtyarov is joined by Tenebrous Kate to talk about an album cover controversy, visa issues fucking up gigs, aesthetic priming, and Duke fucking Nukem. Visit our showpost on the website for more information and links.