Rating: 9.3/10Release: 11 October 2019Label: Creator-Destructor Records I don’t know about everyone else, but I’ve been clued into Bandcamp and its utter usefulness only recently so you can imagine what a treat searching “folk metal” for this new camper it was. Discoveries galore; like the millennial dawn and world-wide-web explosion! …Continue reading →
On one warm Friday evening, I took off work
early and headed to the city not to simply escape the heat and indulge in the
delectable culinary offerings but to primarily see one of my favorite bands.
This particular trip was especially anxious with an interview confirmed with
headliners, Arkona, but more on that later.
By: AssiaRating: 9/10Release: 14 August 2019Label: Independent Among many firsts of writing reviews for Folk-Metal.nl, this marks my first local band! WarTroll is a quartet outfit from practically my backyard of East Foothills in the San Francisco Bay Area, beautiful, sunny California and Frozen Hordes is their sophomore independent effort. …Continue reading →
By: AssiaRating: 8.0Release: 27 September 2019Label: Lifeforce Records An enormous responsibility with this gig is catching and calling out genres, so to initiate this review appropriately, I would call Vorna Nu Vintage Black Metal and Sateet Palata Saavat (Rainfall Returns) is their third full length release. Seemingly these folks have gotten …Continue reading →
By: AssiaRating: 9.8/10Release: 2 August 2019Label: Napalm Records Finsterforst’s Zum Tode Him has been a pinnacle in my folk-metal library for over 10 years now though many things have changed for me and for the band alike in that time, but just like fine wine, we’ve evolved and matured nicely. …Continue reading →
Pumpehauset, Copenhagen, Denmark31 May – 1 June 2019By: Assia What is a semi American metalhead to do for their first Scandinavian holiday but to attend a festival in one of the most eclectic cities in the world? Udgårdsfest 2019 seeks to prolong itself as a two-day festival celebrating Viking-pagan-folk-metal music …Continue reading →
By: AssiaRating: 8.9/10Release: 18 January 2019Label: Independent Over the past 15 years or so, the Finish Tolkien symphonic Black-metallers, Avathar have released morsels of material at a time, publishing only demos following the introduction of two full lengths in 2004, remaining silent since 2010. Comprised of 6 remastered, 2 covers …Continue reading →
By: Assia Date: 21 April 2019 DNA Lunge, San Fransisco, USA
Last month, I had the very honorable privilege to attend Kalmah’s first ever North American tour titled Heroes to us. Although this review is a bit overdue, it’s also right on time with their release of a live filmed ditty in Montreal. Joined by Vreid and Empyrean Throne, this proved to be one of the most fun shows I’ve been too. For starters, the DNA Lounge in SF is one of my favorite venues in the greater bay area. It is intimate, dual leveled with a full bar at each and a great sound to boot. It was a nice bonus to a highly anticipated event, not to mention great pizza from the same ownership next door.
By: AssiaRating: 7.6/10Release: 1 April 2019Label: Stygian Crypt Productions My instincts tend to drive many of my decisions, mostly because it’s time conscious and I know I can trust them. Ever the eternal optimist, I caught on to Last Wail at first listen as a straightforward Viking Battle metal band …Continue reading →