5/6. Aegonia – ‘The Forgotten Song‘
On a shared 5th and 6th place there are two album with 15 points, the first one is the Bulgarian band Aegonia.
“Overall, there is clearly a praiseworthy amount of effort that went into creating the album in terms of the editing and musical skill required. The group’s mastery of composition can be found by simply looking at the classical influences on this album alone, which manage to steer the entire album in a neoclassical folk direction while keeping enough Metal influences in the mix to keep their credibility.”
7. Motanka – Motanka
14 Points for Motanka with their self-entitled debut-album.
“The album continues this way and brings you from one highlight like “Horizon” over “Khreshchennya” to “Verba” until the Outro “Kroda” releases you from your trance and brings you back into life. For me this debut is one of the strongest releases I heard this year, as it shows no weakness at all. The only thing is that you need to be open for it, as I never heard any band creating something similar. Big congrats to the band in composing such an innovative debut.”
8/9. Atavicus – ‘Di eroica stirpe’
The second band on the 8th and 9th place is Atavicus.
“I am a fan of relentless riffing and “Di Eroica Stirpe” is filled to the rim with them….not overly complicated but just one after another in wave after wave. However, the guitar is not necessarily the dominant riff bringer as the keys/orchestration play a major role in defining the tracks. Vocals are of the black/death variety with lyrics in Italian and work well with the frantic pace and overall style of the tracks. It does have a very “soundtrack” sort of feel reminding me a lot of “Conan” and “Excalibur” from back in the day…..a very visual experience.”
8/9. Teshaleh ‘Born of Fire’
Two bands share the 8/9 place. Both gathered 13 points. Teshaleh did this with their EP ‘Born of Fire’.
“I am a fan of the overall sound of the EP even if it is a little flat or hollow in a spot here or there but for the most part, decent for an independent release. A great way to start off 2019 as the harbinger of another killer year in folk metal music.”
10. Bergatagen – ‘Bärsärkatoner’
Bergatagen has conquered the 10th place in our list this year. They gained 12 points, remarkable because one of the four voters chose this one as his Debut-album of the year.
“Tons of blast beats and just strangeness from beginning to end. This might be a little extreme for most but if you’ve plateaued out at Trollfest or Svartby, this would be the next logical step I would think. Guess what? If you don’t dig it, that’s OK cuz I will listen to this album probably a 1000 times this year…..and I already have it sitting atop the throne on my debut of the year mountain right now until someone knocks it down…..good luck. Great album.”