Brymir of Finland have been in the business for quite a while. Having released only two albums to date, theirs is a small yet solid discography. And as you probably know already, they are currently working on their third record. Although not many details have been released yet regarding the new album, just the preview track “Chasing the Skyline” gives one a cause for celebration and excitement! Since the signs of a strong comeback are there, we felt like it’d be good to have a chat. Please enjoy.
It’s always exciting to hear that one of your favourite bands coming back with a new album after a long time. I’m talking about Midnattsol right now, a band I really liked in the days of yore. The rest is the usual story; kid grows up, moves onto more extreme stuff and mostly forgets about the band that helped shape his early taste of (folk) metal. Then the silence has been broken. Midnattsol was back after 7 years and we were getting a new album. Was it gonna be any good? How much did the things change? These questions will not be answered here as this ain’t a review but whatever preview (prehear?) we’ve got so far suggests this one’s going to be a good one. So we took this occasion and did this interview with the frontwoman Carmen. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. New album “The Aftermath” has just come out on Napalm Records. Continue reading →
By: MertRating: 9/10Release: 30 March 2018Label: Northern Silence Productions We all have those initiation bands that first introduce us to a genre of music of which we have no idea. Belenos, along with Menhir and Falkenbach, was the band that got me interested in the whole pagan black metal thing. …Continue reading →
Hailing from Italy, Diabula Rasa have been in existence since 1999, albeit under different monikers. They started as a medieval music band and evolved into an act that artfully combines that music with an energetic mix of heavy, power, and industrial metal. Yes, there indeed are electronic elements in Diabula Rasa’s music which make them even more interesting. While they’re not the most productive of folk metal bands – just three albums in thirteen years – the quality of their output has been very good. Now we’ve had to chance to interview main-man Luca Veroli on quite a few topics and I’m glad to the answers we’ve got were very detailed and informative. I hope you enjoy it.
By: SamRating: 9.5/10Release: 18 May 2018Label: Nuclear Blast OK, I am not sure if there’s such a thing as 10 when reviewing am album, so I went with 9.5!!! The long awaited Amorphis album is an absolute beauty. The band reunites with bassist Olli-Pekka Laine for this album, and this …Continue reading →
By: Sam Rating: 6.5/10 Release: 10 March 2018 Label: Independent Lesyar’s album is a mix of so many things. Lots of re-recordings, amazing violins, flutes, fierce guitar solos, orchestra and punk-like background vocals, rap-like performance sometimes and a variety of background instruments that merge into what give this album an …Continue reading →
Celtibeerian have been in existence for 7 years, stylishly blending heavy metal with their own brand of folk music. They were one of the first bands I’ve discovered I’d been introduced to folk metal. They have been consistently good at sating my hunger for fiddle-and-whistle-accompanied metal, getting better and better with age like a fine wine (more on that later). They have released their fourth studio effort Deiwos in December, 2017, and it was damn good. If you frequent this site you’ve probably already found that out yourself but if you haven’t, I vehemently urge you to check it out. In the meantime, enjoy this interview we did with their vocalist/bassist Gustavo where he told us about the band’s origins, the creation process of Deiwos, their love for wine, and more. Continue reading →
By: JakeRating: 7.5/10Release: 2 February 2018Label: DarkTunes Music Group Cernunnos, an ancient Celtic deity whose powers embody fertility, wealth, animals, the underworld, and life in general is a god you probably shouldn’t fuck with. However, a band from the region of none other than Buenos Aires, Argentina has decided to …Continue reading →
Israel’s folk metal pioneers Orphaned Land need no introduction. Formed in 1992, they’ve been active for more than 20 (there was a hiatus between 1997 and 2001) years and giving us prime examples of folk metal. They take their time between releases but one can always be sure that the next Orphaned Land records is going to be amazing. And we’ve assured of that once again when they returned with Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs, 5 years after All Is One. This is an utterly impressive album that is crafted passionately and diligently. I’m not at all hesitant call Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs their magnum opus. Since this was the case, an interview with them was a must. We had a chat with the lead guitarist (also bouzoukist, pianist, and xylophonist) Chen Balbus.
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By: Jake Rating: 6.5/10 Release: 10 November 2017 Label: Independent Folk metal warriors Wolfstavar hail from Leipzig, Germany and their debut album “Gesang der Meere” (Song of the Seas) will bring about visions of viking ships sailing the vast sea, dark forests teeming with goblins and feral beasts, and drinking …Continue reading →