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Throne of Wilderness – ‘Demo’ (2014)

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By: Jeff Rating: 8/10 Release: 2014 Label: Independent Hailing from the Buffalo/Rochester area of NY USA, Throne Of Wilderness have just completed work on their first self-titled demo feature 2 original tracks. This 6 piece formed in 2013 and will definitely fulfill your need for upbeat and catchy folk metal and probably more traditionally so then most American folk metal I have reviewed recently (like Yonder Realm,

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Vexillum – ‘UNUM’ (2015)

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By: Jeff Rating: 7/10 Release: 16-1-2015 Label: Limb Music Power folk metal merchants Vexillum are back with their latest full length entitled “Unum”. This 5 piece from Pisa, Italy have entered dangerous waters… the swirling waves of the dreaded concept or theme album. As I have mentioned in previous reviews (the recently reviewed Northland album) that these style of albums succeed to me where songs can be enjoyed independently of each other and luckily we do have that here with “Unum”.

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Cruadalach – ‘Rebel Against Me’ (2015)

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By: Jeff Rating: 8/10 Release: 17-1-2015 Label: MetalGate Records I would like to think that everyone who reads the reviews on this site does not just listen to only folk metal (although not a bad thing for sure) and have a well-rounded history in metal listening of all sub genres in general.

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Stormtide – ‘As Two Worlds Collide’ (Single 2014)

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By: Jeff Rating: 8/10 Release: 11-11-2014 Label: Independent Australia’s Stormtide have finally released something new after the killer “A Skalds Tale” EP back in 2013 with a single called “As Two Worlds Collide”. Self-described as “symphonic folk metal” this Melbourne six piece would probably sound closest in comparison to an Alestorm/Vorna/Helsott/Nothgard

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Yomi – ‘Age of the Gods’ (Demo 2015)

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By: Jeff Rating: 5/10 Release: 15-1-2015 Label: Independent We do not have a lot of information to go on about Yomi other than that they formed in 2013, broke up and reformed in 2014 with 2 original members (Artiom on vox and folk instruments and Nikita on guitar) and 2 new members (Stephania on drums and Tom on Bass). They classify themselves as “Japanese folk-metal”.

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Finsterforst – ‘Mach Dich Frei’ (2015)

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By: Nick Rating: 9/10 Release: 23-1-2015 Label: Napalm Records Finsterforst is back! Three years after the fantastic ‘Rastlos’, the band is back with the album ‘Mach Dich Frei’. Since Rastlos is one of my favorite pagan-black albums, my expectations were really high for this album. However, did the band manage to fulfill them?

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Abracadabra – ‘This is my Swamp’ (2015)

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By: Jeff Rating: 9/10 Release: 1-1-2015 Label: SoundAge Productions With a name like Abracadabra, I couldn’t help thinking this was going to be some kind of halfhearted, lame, semi-symphonic hard rock with big hair and spandex… man I couldn’t be more wrong. Abracadabra play killer catchy folk metal, filled with some swampy goodness.

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Nine Treasures – ‘Galloping White Horse’ (EP 2015)

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By: Jeff Rating: 8/10 Release: 13-1-2015 Label: Independent China’s Nine Treasures have been busy in the last year or so with the release of a self-titled LP back in May of 2014 plus a lot of touring and now have a new EP called “Galloping White Horse”. The EP features 2 new songs plus 3 live previously released songs. Singing in their native Mongolian

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Rogatiy Kolokol – ‘Nebyl” (2013)

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By: Jeff Rating: 8/10 Release: 6-12-2013 Label: Sound Age Productions In a recent review, I had eluded to times in the past that I had gotten “used to” a certain band’s sound (however extreme they may be) and then pondered if there was something or someone to replace them in pushing the boundaries of folk metal. For example, the recent Niburta release (“ReSet”) is a great example of this.

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Auringon Hauta – ‘Ukon Juhla’ (2014

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By: Jeff Rating: 7/10 Release: 11-12-2014 Label: SoundAge Productions Auringon Hauta of Finland was formed out of the disbanding of Solgrav back in 2009 (both names mean “Sun Grave” in Finnish and Swedish respectively). They released their debut LP in 2010 entitled “Muinaisia muisteloita, noita syntyjä syviä”.

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