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PILLAGING VILLAGERS Announce Pre-Release Stream of Debut Album

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Ghost Cult Magazine has premiered the self-titled debut album from Crossover Thrash/Folk Metal newcomers PILLAGING VILLAGERS. Stream the album in its entirety at the following link:

https://www.ghostcultmag.com/exclusive-premiere-stream-pillaging-villagers-new-album/

PILLAGING VILLAGERS will release their self-titled debut album on March 11.

“Mixing Crossover Thrash, Punk, and Celtic Melodies; Pillaging Villagers is unlike any band you have heard in 2022!”
– Ghost Cult Magazine


“Possibly, the most exciting album in its genre I’ve heard so far this year. Just reels you right in and keeps you hooked for the entire ride. The most exquisitely energised, refreshing production, with an extraordinary contagion. Guaranteed satisfaction.” (10/10)
– Jenny Tate (Rock Queen Reviews)


“Pillaging Villagers’ upcoming release is like getting slapped in the face or punched in the stomach by a chainmail swaddled, accordion wielding, beer-tankard chugging bard. What’s not to love?”
– Heavy Blog is Heavy


“This album is an incredible piece of thrash metal. Tight as hell and fast as a speeding train. It deserves to be listened to and praised by every thrash fan on the planet!” (4.5/5)
– The Independent Voice


“Genuinely fun bands are getting harder and harder to come by nowadays, but luckily for us, we now exist in the same timeline as Pillaging Villagers. It’s a triumphant, bold-faced gut-punch to the system that sticks with you long after your initial listen.”
– Noob Heavy


“A glorious success. A creative giant that was unleashed with much more than just a pitchfork at hand. How is it possible that no label has taken this under its wing? I’ve got a feeling they will fight tooth and nail for a future re-release.”
– Abaddon Magazine


“The thrashers from Milwaukee, Wisconsin beat the listener with a sledgehammer for almost 39 minutes.”
– SaitenKult


“Conceptual work where Thrash Metal and Crossover are clearly mixed, reminding me of the best known and pioneering DRI, SUICIDAL TENDENCES, SOD, MUNICIPAL WASTE… mixing the fury/speed with melodic parts typical of hardcore, a perfect combination for the mosh pit.” (8/10)
– The Dark Melody


“Pillaging Villagers presents an album with a formula you didn’t expect to find, but ends up leaving a great mouth-watering taste. Highly Recommended.” (8/10)
– Metallerium


“On March the eleventh (in this the year 2022) an album will issue forth from the depths of Wisconsin which is likely to cause quite the stir. A release which is far removed from the same old, same old. A collection of tunes which embraces the finest elements from of a number of genres.”
– CultMetalFlix


“Strikes the golden mean between thrash and folk metal.”
– Stormbringer


Merging the punk-influenced aggressiveness of crossover thrash with the Celtic melodies of folk metal, the ‘peasant metal’ of Pillaging Villagers takes the listener on a journey to a medieval world of pitchfork-wielding rebellion where songs of victory and sorrow alike are belted out with tankards
raised high.

Whether described as “punk Ensiferum” or “thrash Dropkick Murphys,” Pillaging Villagers is a raucous, high-energy debut that rampages into the town square from its opening bars, burning and looting without respite throughout its tight 39-minute runtime.

A concept album composed entirely by vocalist David FrazerPILLAGING VILLAGERS features the session contributions of drummer Jason Hirt (Ghost Bath)guitarist Brian Koenig (Lords of the Trident) and bassist Adam Tucker (A Scanner Darkly).
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Track Listing:

  1. Wretched of the Earth
  2. We Remember
  3. The Count
  4. The Bishop
  5. The Emperor
  6. The Crisis
  7. Voices in the Sky
  8. Burn the Monastery
  9. Smash the Factory
  10. Ready to Die
  11. Crush the Enemy
  12. Freedom is Ours

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