Folk-metal is a Music-style in which folk is blended with metal. At also Medieval Rock, Power Folk and similar styles are adapted. Characteristic for all these styles is the combination of folk and heavy music.

The lyrics are often about ancient times and Gods, heroic deeds by warriors of old. A lot of bands have their own region as a theme and since the foundation for this genre is laid in Europe. A lot of lyrics are about the ancient inhabitants of Finland, Germany and others in their fight against Romans and Christianity. But lyrics can also tell us about nature or other things. Ancient gods Odin, Wodan, Freya and the tree of life Yggdrasil are popular themes. And sometimes we’re told about ancient times like the medieval ages, like with XIV Dark Centuries. Or about a imaginary empire like Thronar did, with their empire with the same name.
Of course there’s some drinking to do after all these heroic deeds, so you can expect songs about drinking with most of the folk-metalbands as well, “het bier zal weer vloeien” by Heidevolk, or “Sauflied” by Black Messiah. Eventually we end up with bands like Korpiklaani, no heroic songs here, but a lot of songs about drinking and this blended with humppa Music.

Chain of Dogs

With Korpiklaani we’ve come to the cradle of Folk-metal. At first a lot of them came from Finland. The main names in folk-metal are Eluveitie, Korpiklaani, Ensiferum, Finntroll and Moonsorrow.

Some examples:
Eluveitie – Inis Mona (Pure Folk-metal)
Korpiklaani – Vodka (Partystyle of Folk-metal)
Finntroll – Trollhammaran (The Trollish style)
In Extremo – Liam (Medieval Rock)

Baldrs Draumar

The folk-influences are most obvious in the folk-melodies, but a lot of the bands use authentic instruments like violin, accordion, whistles or hurdy gurdy for even more folk sound.

Circle J

Folk-metal has a lot in common with Epic-metal, Vikingmetal, Paganmetal, Celtic metal, medieval metal. But with Folk-punk and Folk-rock as well. With Pirate metal this isn’t that clear, sometimes they’re a bit ‘folky’ too.
Because of all these similarities and cross-overs, you’ll find all these bands at