Rating: 8/10 Release: 29 December 2019 Label: Independent / Bandcamp Quebec, Canada has a solid history of folk metal from Trollwar, Talamyus, Nordheim, Distoriam, Valfreya and many more. Time to add a “new” band to that list with the self-titled debut by Trollheims. Yes, it is a debut but as …Continue reading →
Rating: 7.5/10Release: 3 February 2020 Label: Independent I would like to think I am pretty familiar with a good number of folk metal related acts from Australia. When I saw a new release from Arbrynth from Melbourne, the name didn’t ring any bells. Doing some research, I see a debut …Continue reading →
2019 has been/was an incredible year in music and ended with the release of the album of the year for me in “Magnus” by the always epic Baldrs Draumar. My expectations were pretty high, and they absolutely delivered on every count… heavy, catchy, folky and another successful, fully realized concept album. This is no small feat already producing a massively successful concept album in “Aldgillissoan” from 2015. It also shouldn’t be lost that this album displaced the latest Borknagar and Saor albums from my top of the year list, so you know it is the real deal. Friesland’s favorite sons answered some questions for us regarding the album, the concept, the writing and a bunch of other items….. check it out…..
Rating: 9/10Release: 20 December 2019Label: Independent There is always one album every year that drops in too late for my end of the year lists that should be on it. Thanks Bergsvriden…. this year it is your turn and I will once again probably break the rules and put you …Continue reading →
Rating: 8/10Release: 6 December 2019Label: Independent Switzerland’s Infinitas has been kicking around for 10 years now and a 2nd full length has just been released entitled “Infernum” in early December. This would be their 2nd full length following “Civitas Interitus” from 2017. Independently released, the album features 13 tracks totaling …Continue reading →
Rating: 9.5/10 Release: 28 February 2020 Label: Einheit Produktionen Let’s not get too excited, but can we already start talking about best albums of 2020? Even if you’re not ready I am with the pending release from Germany’s XIV Dark Centuries. We got this one way early…..“Waldvolk” (I am going …Continue reading →
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…..
Rating: 7.5/10 Release: 29 November 2019Label: Eisenwald I can assume that many of you have not forgotten about the incredible era of music that Agalloch was responsible for. Quite possibly the best folk metal-based act from the U.S., their catalog is a treasure trove of amazing music, in both heavy …Continue reading →
Rating: 8.5 Release: 18 November 2019 Label: Independent Just when I think that Mityay from Zmey Gorynich has the title of busiest guy in folk metal (ZG, Grailight, Skylord, etc.) the extended family members of Goblin Hovel have yet another branch in their ever-growing project tree. Featuring members of GH, …Continue reading →
Rating: 8.5/10Release: 13 November 2019 Label: Earth and Sky Productions Usually this late in the year, my lists are already sorted out for the best of the year categories. This year has made me change many a list with the latest from Baldrs Draumar, new project Shrine Of Burls and …Continue reading →