Amorphis – The Beginning of Times (2011)

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By: Dorien
Score: 8/10

Three albums in three years time. In ‘The Beginning of Times’ Amorphis closes a truly beautiful triptych on the Kalevala. And members also prove that three albums in a short time is not at the expense of quality. The album starts with good Battle for light followed by Mermaid. What is a good adapter for My Enemy and You I Need. Furthermore, the album is also Song of the Sage worth. Continue reading

Chain of Dogs + Finsterforst Arnhem (2011)

Location: Willemeen, Arnhem
4 juni 2011
By: Colin en Michel

Chain of Dogs
Ladies and Ugly people,
Tonight there’s a super performance in the program booklet of Willemeen in Arnhem. There is no folk-metal concert in Arnhem passed without our presence, and with bands like Chain of Dogs of all. The Limburgians started to entertain us with their cheerful yet firm metal. They kicked off with a very strong number, “Doa is mie land”. What was striking in this band (just like the last time I saw them) that it is much harder live than on CD, for me, a good thing. Continue reading

Alestorm – Back through time (2011)

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By: Dorien
Score: 6/10

The Pirates of Alestorm have been in the studio again and managed to release a new album: Back Through Time. It is clear that there has been a lot of alcohol involved during the recording.
Back through time is a fun sequel to Black Sails at Midnight, but no improvement. The Scots are not bursting out of originality in terms of lyrics (the song Rum is definitely worth it if you love shout-along) and also the songs themselves are quite simple. Continue reading

Black Path Tour (2011)

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Black Path tour
Willemeen, Arnhem
29 Mei 2011
By: Colin
Photography: Metalshots.com

Not really knowing what to expect, I looked forward to this concert. Yes, Kampfar is awesome, I’d already seen them live and I thought it was really great. Yes, Vreid is very fat, although it’s not entirely my piece of cake. The rest, honestly I don’t know, Krakow and Secrets of the Moon. All black metal. Continue reading

Tyr – The Lay of Thrym (2011)

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By: Colin
Score: 10/10
Release: 27-5-2011
Label: Napalm Records

Ask me who has the best folk-metal appearance of all folk-metal artists, and I will answer immediately Heri Joenson, he’s just a cool Viking telling us metalheads of the modern ages how it was back in those days. A man with an unique voice who demits every not heather at Odins feet. I’m listening to this band for years now, and this was one of the five bands which got me into this genre. At that time Týr was a very special band, with an very unique sound, and now, a year of 4 of 5 later, nothing has changed. Týr remains Týr, that’s clear. Continue reading

Ragnaröek – Eiskalt (2011)

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By: Michel
Score: 3/5

A band which was unknown for me until now. But thankfully, the record label sent something which I wouldn’t have found by myself.
And this is not a bad find. For lovers of the German Middle Ages, this rock band and of course the CD Eiskalt is recommended. And although the sound of the band is not that unique, it is not a band of 13 a dozen. Ragnaröek is a little different every now and a while. Continue reading

Arkona – Slovo (2011)

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By: Colin
Score: 4/5

On the previous album “Stenka after Stenku” I wrote, not so long ago: “Aren’t you quite satisfied with this album, it is just an EP and probably the next real album is again wonderful folk-metal as ever?”. And I was right. This time I can talk about Slovo, and indeed, Masha is good again, she grunting nicely and the guitar is again a nice bit harder. ‘Az’ is the intro, and it sounds very obscure, ‘Arkaim’ is a perfect follow up of that song, and you will hear the old Arkona again, in the very nice slow middle section they built further on ‘Az’ and the great Slavic bagpipe sounds again through your room. Continue reading

Folkearth – “Sons of North” (2011)

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By: Michel
Score: 7/10

In 2011 Folkearth releases two albums. Folkearth is an international project in which a large number of musicians from all kind of folk-metal and vikingbands participate. Recently we found both albums on our mailbox so we spent a few hours on this albums to listen somewhat better to them.
‘Sons of North’ is the first album Folkearth released in 2011, but they released a large number of albums in the years before. The album starts with the titletrack ‘Sons of North’, we get an solid vikingtrack as a starter, speedy guitars a track with the motto ‘a good start is half the battle’. Continue reading

Leaves’ eyes – Meredead Tour

Leaves´ Eyes `Meredead` tour
Atak, Enschede, Netherlands
23 April 2011
By: Michel
Photography: Metalshots.com

An evening at the “new” atak, well shame you’ll have to admit this as a music lover. But unfortunately I had never been in the new version of this pop temple. And this needs to change, because it is a beautiful venue. The entrance looks to be very modern, the venue itself is nice and atmospheric.
Upon entering the first small disappointment, not everywhere (including at Folk-metal.nl) had been clearly announced this the evening was opened by a third band, Serenity. Continue reading