Winterhymn (Cincinnati, OH) has proudly carried the American folk metal flag into battle since 2009. Guitarist/vocalist Draug, guitarist Varrik, drummer Valthrun, violinist Umbriel, keyboardist Exura, and bassist/vocalist Alvadar have forged a truly unique musical experience by melding a hostile assault of black, death, and power metal, the haunting strains of folk and symphonic metal, and the spirit and escapism of fantasy and folklore. With this ultimate weapon they have cast listeners the world over into their own realm of gods, heroes, conquest, and death. They released their debut album "Songs for the Slain" in October 2011 and spent 2012 crisscrossing Eastern America, from Texas to New York, in its support. In but one year’s time they had shared the local and regional stage with many of the heavyweights of their own genre and beyond, including Children of Bodom, Eluveitie, Turisas, Alestorm, Arkona, Skeletonwitch, Huntress, Revocation, Threat Signal, and 3 Inches of Blood. Winterhymn embarked on their first North American tour earlier this year with Paganfest America Part V, alongside Korpiklaani, Turisas, Chthonic, and Varg, terrorizing the continent with their message of bloodlust. They recorded a 5-track sampler of their new music for this tour, a taste of what is to come on their yet-to-be named sophomore release, due out later this year.