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There is almost always help needed to get all the work done. We’re almost always looking for reviewers and interviewers. Interested mail us at info@folk-metal.nl

Michel (Netherlands)
michel(at)folk-metal.nl
As founder of Folk-metal.nl, I’m here since the start in 2008, when we had 10 visitors a day and we only published news and sometimes a showreview. This changed rapidly and there are hundreds of fans everyday who appreciate what we do. I’m the oldest reviewer here, and I’m very fond of the use of authentic instruments, like hurdy gurdy, violin, bagpipes, etc. But I can appreciate bands without these instruments, which play folkmelodies too. Most of the time I don’t like it very much when a band only uses metalscreams for the vocals. Favourite bands are bands which use a lot of folk, like Eluveitie, and Arkona for instance, Celtic Punk bands like The Mahones and Medieval rockbands like Saltatio Mortis.

Jeff (USA)
Hi my name is Jeff and I live in Pennsylvania USA!! I have been a diehard metal fan for 30+ years and listen to all types of metal from the classics to the newest crop of folk, pagan, Viking and black metal. I also have been playing bass and singing in various projects for over 25 years, currently in a Metallica tribute band and in Rannoch Moor, an original blackened Celtic folk metal project. Professionally, I am regional supervisor for a large security company and have a background in audio/video installation/sales as well as working in record stores. When not writing about, playing or listening to metal, I enjoy reading, travel, sports and spending time with my wife of 20 years, Lisa, and our two sons, Ethan and Finnegan (who happen to love Trollfest and Korpiklaani as much as I do!) HAIL!!!!

Leo (Colombia)
Hello, folkers! This is Leo from Bogotá Colombia.
Metal came to me when I was a young nerdy teenager after listening and knowing a lot of very different music styles. Now I have the need to be listening to music at every possible time as a proud folker who plays whistles in a band that started as a death melodic idea, now a pagan-folk metal child of my heart with Latin-American and European influences. Nonetheless, I’ve been in other folk metal and no-metal related projects to keep me active. Besides tin and low whistles, I´m a fiddler student and a guitar and mandolin enthusiast. Less known musical instruments around the word are my guilty pleasure and if I could I’ll collect them all. Currently, I have almost 30 musical instruments mostly winds. I love live music no matter if comes from a small gig or a big festival, both are opportunities to spot and support small and well-known bands.
I’m glad to be here after seeing the effort and amount of info from folk-metal.nl where now I feel the need to give my best for other folkers outside.

Dough (USA)
Hi my name is Doug and I live in the state of Pennsylvania in the USA. I have loved music my whole life and I listen to a little bit of everything. My favorite styles of music are Celtic punk, rock, Folk metal,(any good metal actually), and interesting folk music from around the world. I have been playing guitar and singing as a solo artist and in bands for 20 years or so, but if I was really any good someone would be reviewing me, so it’s a hobby. I have worked for the National Park Service for 28 years as a maintenance and preservation worker. I love the outdoors and wildlife and I have an appreciation for old things and places. Most of the time you can find me living a quiet life with my wife and my dog but I have been known to let my hair down, put the kilt on and turn the music up to 11. I am humbled to be a part of the reviewing staff for Folk-metal.nl where I will be able to listen to some of the greatest music ever made and hopefully make some new fans through our reviews.

Jano (USA)
Hello metalheads, my name is Jano. I have been listening to hard rock since my childhood after finding old KISS CDs in my father’s music collection, but it wasn’t until I moved to Texas in the US that I discovered metal through DragonForce. My gateway band to folk metal was Skyclad, who I started listening to midway through high school, and from there I gradually became interested in folk metal ranging from Celtic Metal to Blackened Folk Metal. Other genres outside of folk metal that interest me are Power Metal, Thrash, and Death Metal with strong Thrash influences. I played violin in high school but got tired of the classical style and began learning Irish-style fiddling. Metal has always had an impact that extends to my academic life, for example writing my senior essay on the divergence of speed metal into Power Metal and Thrash Metal and even writing an English paper on Blind Guardian’s interpretation of the Silmarillion. The opportunity to write for Folk-Metal.nl is one I cannot thank the admin enough for because I finally get the opportunity to give back to the bands and the metal community by doing something I’ve always enjoyed doing: writing.

Assia
Hail, fellow folkers! My birthname is Anastassia, which is what I typically go by professionally, but friends and family call me either Assia, Tolpy or Trollpy. Born and raised in Russia then had the fortune to mature and now reside in California. From basically within the womb, I was enjoying hard rock acts like Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, Maiden, Zeppelin, Queen, ELP and so on. Alternative was the subsequent gateway in the 90s, and Incubus was the first live act I ever saw with 311 back in 2000. From there, I progressed into metal, finally finding bands like Opeth, Children of Bodom, Borknagar and Finntroll around ’03-’04. My father was in a DP cover band for most of his youth and played violin, piano and guitar as a child. Having a perfect ear, he along with my mom’s approval put me in singing and piano lessons. After several years of classical training, I abandoned music as it became a chore, finally picking up the guitar and keys again in college. Although, I no longer play music, it is an absolutely essential part of my life. The long history of a classical nature certainly influences my outlook on the bands I review as I will often be tough on topics like vocals, harmonies and rhythm. Current repeats in my playlist include Arkona, Svartby, Trollfest, Equilibrium and most recently Leshak, Zmey Gorynich and Grimner. I will admit to holding a preference toward heavy, death metal vocals but my favorite would be a little of everything; high and low pitch growls with some clean. An innovative melody can swoop in and carry me away for days, be it from a flute, violin, keys, bagpipes or any other folk instrument, yet I also yearn for nostalgic nuances and themes. Rhythmically, Humppa, Viking, thrash and blasts beats are my go-to. Folk-Metal.nl has expanded my mind and library beyond the wildest imagination and the honor to give back to the community that’s revived my metal passion is immeasurable.

Stu
Hi, I’m Stu. I’m originally from England, but have lived in Sweden since 2010 and am now a Swedish citizen. I’ve been into Metal since I picked up a vinyl copy of Iron Maiden’s Piece of Mind from a second-hand record shop in 1990. Since then Metal has been my life and my obsession. I have been to quite literally thousands of live shows and have amassed an enormous collection of CDs, vinyls and cassettes over the years. I listen to most styles of Metal, with the exception of Power Metal. I discovered Folk Metal through seeing a Skyclad video on MTV way back in 1993 and it became my Metal sub-genre of choice. Some of my favourite Folk Metal / Pagan Metal bands are Skyclad, Eluveitie, Bifröst, Finntroll, Korpiklaani, Cruachan, Forefather, Bran Barr, Thyrfing, Månegarm, Waylander, Moonsorrow and Irminsul, but the list goes on and on. I enjoy writing as a hobby and I hope that people find my ramblings helpful and possibly even, on occasion, informative. 

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Juergen
Hi folkers of the world, my name is Juergen and I am based in the city of Vienna in Austria. Next to my family music always played an very important role in my life and I think the first time I came into touch with metal must had been in the 90s, when I was a teenager. When I remember correctly my first album I was listening to was Painkiller of Judas Priest and with this record metal got me. Naturally the next bands I was listening to had been Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Accept, Saxon and a lot of other pioneers of the metal genre. The 90s had been a great time, as there had been a lot of great releases as the black album of Metallica, Megadeth’s Rust in Peace and many many more (good old times, feeling I am getting old :-) ). I was always very open to all kinds of music, but always loved the combination between traditional folk instruments and metal/rock music. Nowadays I am mainly listining to Folk Metal, Medievial Rock/Metal and Nordic Ritual, while I am still open for all other music genres. For me it is quite hard to define my favorite bands, as there is so many good stuff out there, but if you would ask me which releases I would take with me to a lonley island, I would go for Primoridal, Eluveitie, Subway to Sally, Tyr, Apocalpse Orchestra, Finntroll, Heilung… here you can see it, I simply can keep going on and on mentioning good bands, so for me rather impossible to make a decision :-) In general I believe that for every different mood you can find the right music. Next to my family and the music I am also interested in reading history books and as well traveling is playing an important role in my life . I am blessed with my job, so that I can travel around the world and experience diffent cultures and mentalities. I think that Folk-Metal.nl is for me the perfect platform in sharing my passion of music with the folk metal community.

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Rein, Mert, Jeremiah, Okan, Vinicius, Eline, Colin, Yvette, Nick, Astrid, Gur, Phil, Dorien, Thijs, Maarten.