Rating: 10/10 Release: 29 September 2023 Label: Metal Blade Records The Irish band Primordial are back with their tenth full-length album on Metal Blade Records. The Irish band has 32 years of career, full of albums, hits and tours. This follow-up to 2018’s “Exile Amongst the Ruins”, “How It Ends” …Continue reading →
A cool interview with Jón Geir Jóhannson, drummer of the Icelandic band Skálmöld, about various topics.
Hi guys, welcome on Folk-metal.nl. Can you introduce yourselves to the readers? How do you describe your music to the people who don’t know you? “I’m Jón Geir Jóhannsonand I play the drums in the Icelandic heavy metal band Skálmöld. Some people want to pigeonhole us as viking metal but I don’t really know what that means. I would say that we just play heavy metal with rather classic metal influences but with a lyrical theme based on north mythology and Icelandic folklore.”
We had a nice chat with Vilius Garba, drummer of the Lithuanian Baltic folk band Ūkanose, these days. Here is the complete interview. A big thank to Vilius and to the rest of the band.
Hi guys, welcome on Folk-metal.nl, I’d like to start off by asking when and why you decided to create the band, why it’s called Ūkanose and what were your objectives when you created the band. “Hey! Good to talk to you! The band was created back in 2012 when our guitarist Linas and our ex-Accordionist Tadas met up in a pub called “Eagle-Owl” and decided that Lithuania’s music scene needs more metal bands that incorporate our Lithuanian / Baltic Folklore into their music. That was only a natural conclusion for them to come to as they were both heavily interested in our History and Folklore. The main objective was to have fun of course and while doing so remind people about our history and traditions through music.”
Rating: 8.5/10 Release: 18 August 2023 Label: Napalm Records The Icelanders Skálmöld are back with “Ýdalir“, released after five years. In this album the sextet was inspired by old Icelanders, such as the poem “Grímnismál“, adapting them in a way never heard before. In “Ýdalir“, moreover, they manage to sound …Continue reading →
Rating: 8.5/10 Release: 18 August 2023 Label:Reaper Entertainment The Finnish band Valkeat released their second full-length album “Fireborn”. This new full-length, a very complex and well layered one, is a sort of guide that will lead listeners to a new era of Finnish modern folk and symphonic metal, succeeding quite …Continue reading →
Rating: 9.5/10 Release: 14 April 2023 Label: Dangus The Lithuanian band Ūkanose, born in 2012, released after a long time an album that collected nine songs that the band often performed live, but that had never been put on a record. The concept of the band was born after a …Continue reading →
Rating: 8.5/10 Release: 10 August 2023 Label: Earth and Sky Productions The one-man band from Matera Bloodshed Valhalla of the multi-instrumentalist Drakhen is back with the sixth full-length “Glory to the Sacred Land”, released two years after the previous “Second Chapter”. Even in this full-length the sound is epic and …Continue reading →
Rating: 8.5/10 Release: 30 June 2023 Label: Better Noise Music The Mongolian band The Hu, after the great success of “Rumble of The Thunder”, released via Better Noise Records “Rumble of The Thunder: Deluxe Edition”. This new version there are seven new tracks divided into four acoustic versions and three …Continue reading →
Hi guys, thank you for being here with us. First of all, could you tell us a little bit about how your band was born? “Hi, thank you for inviting us! The idea was born by our singer Zaira in 2018. The genre’s choice wasn’t well defined yet, but, with the writing, we managed to give a style to our compositions.”
Rating: 10/10 Release: 16 June 2023 Label: Napalm Records The Russian band Arkona are back after five long years with their new album “Kob’”, out on June 16 for Napalm Records. Once again, the band delves deep into the darkest and deepest realms of philosophy and on singer Masha Scream’s …Continue reading →