It has been a long hard road to get to this point for Wandering Oak. This US based act has finally unleashed their first full length “Passage Elemental” after a 4-year process since their debut EP “Advent” in 2015. If you think you will hear “traditional” folk metal, think again as there are more twists and turns on this album than an amusement park filled with roller coasters. Vocalist/guitarist Robert Pollard tackled some questions for us regarding the new album, the lineup, the writing, the tour and a few other items…. check it out…..
Sometimes you stumble on a hidden gem. Lately a band called Barad Guldur from Italy was brought to our attention. We took the opportunity to ask them a few questions at once, so we can get to know them a little better.
Hi, I think a lot of our readers don’t really know Barad Guldur. Can you tell us a bit how the band started? “Hi to all of you at Folk Metal.nl and thanks for this interview! Barad Guldur were born from the desire to merge metal, folk and epic music with tales, horror stories, paganism and Tolkien’s writings. Our band started a few years ago with some cover songs that were shared on YouTube with the aim of finding the right sound.
Wind Rose didn’t only release a new album this year, but there are things going on live as well. Time to chat with Claudio about a few things.
Dwarves in Time
Wind Rose started quite a few years back. How did you guys meet? “Hi everyone, Claudio here, guitarist of the band. Francesco and I were together in the same school of music in my small hometown in the province of Pisa. The school set up a Christmas concert and put us in the same band to play a couple of rock songs. The keyboardist Federico is my cousin, we started the band together and we included Francesco some months later. Cristiano started teaching bass at the same school of music, while Federico the drummer we got in touch with him when we were looking for a new drummer after the former one left the band.”
The US has had a dominating year in folk metal and the new album from Wilderun solidifies it even more. Their 3rd full length album “Veil Of Imagination” has recently been released and has been astounding every listener with it’s overwhelming musicianship and song writing. We had bassist Daniel Müller take these questions for answering regarding the new album, the song writing, the touring, the recording and a few other items of note (this interview was done prior to the album release on November 1st and the tour for it) …Check it out…
Romania’s An Theos has certainly been on my folk
metal radar since their first album “Seminția Dacă” and they have yet to
disappoint. 2019 sees a darker/heavier album come from them in “Renăscând”,
their 3rd full length released independently in September. The band
was able to answer some questions regarding the new album, the song writing
process, the touring, the scene and a few other items of note….check it out……
Dear Folk Metal community my name is Juergen and it is my pleasure to introduce myself to you as a new interviewer for Folk-Metal.nl. I am based in the city of Vienna in Austria and will focus in the future on the Folk Metal scene in Central and Central Eastern Europe and hope that I can introduce to you some interesting news and interviews of bands which are active in our area. Today I would like to introduce to you to one of the most well known Folk Metal band of Austria, namely Alphayn. Please find the interview below:
It is my pleasure to meet you and thanks a lot for your time. First of all I would kindly like to ask you to introduce yourself to our readers. Cari: “Hi to everybody, we are Alphayn, a Folk/Viking Metal band from Vienna and we are active as band since 2012. We already released two full studio albums namely “Heimkehr” in 2014 and “Wanderschaft” in 2018.”
Ukraine’s Gjallarhorn have made an epic comeback of sorts in 2019 with a
brand new concept EP called “The Black Tower”. This is their first new music in
a few years (not including singles) and they have picked up where they left off
with a contender for EP of the year for me. We were lucky enough to have 3
member answer questions for us in Onswar, Nameless and Doomor regarding their
“return”, the new EP and the concept behind it, the latest from Ukraine and a
few other things…check it out….