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Letzte Instanz – ‘Im Auge des Sturms’ (2014)

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By: Nick Score: 6,5/10 Release: 29-8-2014 Label: Drakkar Entertainment The eleventh studio album. You can say what you want, but not that Letzte Instanz likes to take it easy. These folk-rockers, who have quite a reputation in the gothic scene, release with ‘Im Auge des Sturms’ an album which is filled with songs with that classical ‘Letzte Instanz-sound’.

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Northern Oak – ‘Of Roots and Flesh’ (2014)

northern oak of roots and flesh

By: Nick Score: 6,5/10 Release: 4-10-2014 Label: Independent It doesn’t happen often, especially not in the folk-metalscene; an album that is financed entirely with a kickstarter. Before the recording of the album started, Northern Oak asked their fans to pledge a certain amount of money, to pay for the recordings. Of Roots and Flesh, the 5th studioalbum from these guys and girl from the UK, is the proof that the kickstarter succeeded.

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Woodscream – ‘Octastorium’ (2014)

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By: Michel Score: 8/10 Release: 15-9-2014 Label: Independent The Russian equivalent of Eluveitie. So, here’s a very blunt statement for you, of course much to blunt. But to give you an idea what Woodscream is about, it’s a good one. Russia has quite a lot folk-metalbands and a lot of them use Slavic folk-elements. Woodscream had more the Celtic kinds of folk in it. The band is female fronted and uses a lot of violin and flutes.

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Finnegan’s Hell – ‘Drunk, Sick And Blue’ (2014)

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By: Michel Score: 7,5/10 Release: 26-9-2014 Label: Heptown Records A Hell of a record, this ‘Drunk, Sick And Blue’. When you start listening to this second piece of work of these Swedish Celtic Punkers, you get blown away by their music at once. Starting with the very nice speedy title-track of this album, you get very fine music at once. Speed, happiness, banjo, accordion, folk, punk, you name it, it’s all in there. On this album you’ll find a mix of songs, written by themselves and notorious folksong like Jar of Porter and The Molly Maquires.

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Heidra – ‘Awaiting Dawn’ (2014)

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By: Eline Score: 8,5/10 Release: 28-7-2014 Label: Mighty Music The Danish group Heidra released their debut EP ‘Sworn to Vengeance” in 2012. The folk metal band’s EP heralded a promising future for a full length album. “Awaiting Dawn” only needed the first few notes to convince me that it could fulfil this promise. And it only got better from there.

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The Mahones – ‘The Hunger & The Fight’ (2014)

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By: Michel Score: 10/10 Release: 6-10-2014 Label: Whiskey Devil Records Can a Celtic Punk album be a work of science? The Hunger & The Fight teaches us the history of Celtic Punk. It shows how classical Irish Folk songs like The Auld Triangle and the typical punk-rock anthems like I Can Only Give You Everything are blended to create beautiful Celtic Punk songs like A Pint Of Plain, which is one of the nicest Celtic Punks songs ever!

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Zrymgöll – ‘Mighty Tavern’ (2013)

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By: Michel Score: 7,5/10 Release: 22-12-2013 Label: Independent Zrymgöll signs with PRV, this will probably mean there will be physical copies of their latest album ‘Mighty Tavern’, which was released last december. But this isn’t the only remarkable fact. We know half of the songs of this album already. When you don’t know this Argentinian band, you shouldn’t jump to conclusions to quick. Zrymgöll released an acoustic EP last year as well.

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Kalevala – Kukushkiny Deti (2009)

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By: Michel Score: 8/10 Release: 3-10-2009 Label: Sound Age Productions Kalevala released their album Kukushkiny Deti a few years ago in 2009, but the band has signed with Sound Age Productions and the album is released again through this label. In 2009 I didn’t knew Kalevala, so this re-release is a perfect time to give this album a short closer look.

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Vanir – ‘The Glorious Dead’ (2014)

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By: Matt Score: 7/10 Release: 20-10-2014 Label: Mighty Music With the upcoming release of their third album, it seems Vanir are continuing on their path to severe brutality. The album titled ‘The Glorious Dead’ entails 9 tracks with enough power to blow your speakers before they reach eleven, and is one not recommended for the faint of heart.

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Sverdkamp – ‘Fraa Ryfylke’ (Demo 2014)

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By: Michel Score: 7/10 Release: 20-6-2014 Label: Independent The Norge folk-influenced Pagan Black Metal band Sverdkamp started in 2010, but they thought it would be a nice to take things one step further and they released a demo. A limited edition of this EP ‘Fraa Ryfylke’ can be purchased at their bandcamp.

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