By: JeffScore: 8/10Release: 21-11-2014Label: Independent It has been a long 4 years since Brezno released the “Viharnik” EP which featured 4 songs of epic folk metal. I enjoyed the EP but I thought the songs were OK and sounded a little forced with production that lacked an identity and seemed …Continue reading →
If you are not familiar with Skjaldborg, I could understand since the project does keep a decidedly low profile. My advice would be seek them out immediately and pick up their stunning debut Todgeweiht, one of the best (if not the best) Viking metal albums in my opinion to come out in 2013. To make it even more impressive, it is all the brain child of one man, the multi-talented Virus. I was able to contact him recently (in his first published interview!) to get everyone acquainted with Skjaldborg.
By: Jeff Score: 7/10 Release: 11-2014 Label: Heidens Hart Records I always am a little skeptical of words like “re-issued” or “re-mastered” when an album that was released previously is put out again. Imagine now seeing another re-issue of an album that originally was released in 1999, re-issued in 2002 …Continue reading →
By: JeffScore: 9,5/10Release: 5-12-2014Label: Trollzorn Records What can you say about Cruachan that hasn’t already been said? They have created the template for 20+ years for all other folk metal bands to follow and this latest album is no exception. While other bands still try to follow this template, no …Continue reading →
By: Jeff Score: 10/10 Release: 31-8-2013 Label: Independent If any of you know about Germany’s Skjaldborg, you may say “Why are you reviewing an album that has been out for over a year now?” Unfortunately, more of you are probably asking “Who is Skjaldborg?” It is understandable that you may …Continue reading →
By: JeffScore: 6,5/10Release: 30-10-2014Label: Independent Buaiteoir (my translation is Gaelic for “Winner” or “Champion”) is a new Folk Metal project from Brazil who have just released their first EP entitled Tionscnamh (which I am translating as “Beginning”) There are definitely some promising things happening here. Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist João Andrade …Continue reading →
Helsott from southern California US have released an amazing album recently called Woven. It is there first full length album following the release of an EP called Folkvangr in 2011. With a blend of thrash and pagan metal influences it became of one of favs of 2014. I spoke with Eric Dow (vocalist) to see how things are faring in the Helsott camp and their plans for the near future…… First of all, congratulations on one of my favorite albums of 2014. How has the album been received so far? Thanks, I am glad you enjoy the album. The reception for Woven thus far has been very positive. We have been humbled yet again by our amazing fans.
By: Jeff Score: 8/10 Release: 24-11-2014 Label: Napalm Records To try to categorize The Flight Of Sleipnir is not an easy task. I am sure if you asked 5 different people who listened to their newest release “V” you would probably get 5 different genre tags….doom, stoner, folk, viking, even …Continue reading →
By: JeffRating: 7/10Release: 15-11-2014Label: Independent I first became acquainted with Drakum about a month ago while doing a podcast and we played “Around The Oak” from the EP of the same name from 2011. I found it to be instantly catchy and heavy. This 8 piece from Spain have now …Continue reading →
By: Jeff Score: 10/10 Release: 21-11-2014 Label: Metal Blade Records Equal parts hypnotizing, dismal and uplifting, Primordial have once again released an incredible album with Where Greater Men Have Fallen. I would be hard pressed to think of another artist in any genre that really makes me ponder existence like …Continue reading →