Ren Marabou and The Berserkers Viking Metal / Co. Donegal

Editor Notes:

After the demise of his former band MARABOU, Aaron “Ren” Gaffey joined the Dublin band PERALIS in 2019 as well as releasing his own music under the monicker REN MARABOU. Most of his early solo endeavors were in the alternative rock/metal vein, but his influences and style changed but his influences and style changed with the release of his next three albums, “Way Finder” and “Valhalla Waits”, both also released in the first half of 2021. This new Viking Metal direction led to his solo work evolving into the band, REN MARABOU AND THE BERSERKERS with two more albums being released since including “Sagas” which was also released later in 2021 and “Tales Of Rune” in the the middle of 2022. Currently the band band have sign with Wormholedeath Records for the release of their next album “Helgafjell” on the 29th March.

Hailing from the Emerald Isle and based in the hills of Co.Donegal these Irish Viking Metal/Norse Pagan Rockers, REN MARABOU AND THE BERSERKERS, deliver their take on this powerful genre with a high-energy stage show and anthemic, contemporary stylings. Endorsed by Cassidy Guitars, Skull Strings, Iron Age Guitar Accessories, and Blackstar. The band is also an Ambassadors for Ulster Mead Co. Based on Convoy Co.Donegal.

Managed by Split Screen Management. They Signed to Florida-based label United Music Mafia in 2021 and released the band’s latest full-length album ‘Tales Of Rune’ with them on July 1st, 2022. In September 2022 REN MARABOU AND THE BERSERKERS joined the “Final Declaration: Northern Tour 2022” with Polish titans VADER and HATE all across Scandinavia!

In November 2023 RMATB signed with Italian-based label Wormholedeath. The band is currently working on their new full-length album ‘”Helgafjell” which will be released with WHD. The album is dedicated to Ren’s Father Micka who passed away in September 2022. 2023 was a very busy year for the Norse Gael Warriors as they began recording their new album and played headline and support shows as well as festivals all across Ireland, notably supporting the Mighty Night Demon in Tyrone, playing Siege of Limerick, Sligo Whiplash, Burning Metal Ireland Fest Dublin, Ulster Mead Factory, Demolition Fest Derry, Supporting Words That Burn in Mchugh’s Drogheda, Headline shows in Belfast, Derry, Dublin, Donegal, Dundalk. 2024 will see RMATB back out on the road in the UK and Europe to promote the release of their new album. Keep an eye on the band’s social media for dates.




Viking Metal

Year Formed




Members (Current)

  • Aaron "Ren" Gaffey - Vocals/Guitar
  • Terence McCann - Drums
  • Michael Casserly - Bass

Members (Former)

  • Damien Doherty - Guitar