1. Baldrs Draumar ‘Magnus’
Baldrs Draumar pulled it off. Grimner managed to receive this title in 2016 and 2018, the first band who managed to get the title twice. Baldrs Draumar did this as well. In 2017 they won this title with their acoustic album ‘Fan Fryslâns Ferline’, this year they released a new Metal album ‘Magnus’ and it was chosen as the best album by again two voting members, but they received a few points more from the rest and they ended up with 40/70 points. Truly a great achievement for an independent band.
“Bone breaking riffs, perfectly placed vocals of primary clean, heavy and choral variety (a lot of really cool choral stuff), driving and tasteful rhythm choices, acoustic instrumentation….I can’t find a single negative. There are a lot of up-tempo tracks on here as well which never sound sloppy or out of control but methodical and well planned. The lyrics are in Frisian, which I still feel is the best choice they have made since switching back after “Forfedres Fortellinger” which was in English. For those of you concerned about the “new” sound do not fret….there is enough of the more familiar mixed in throughout while they branch into some new territory. The overall sound is gnashing and smooth with a subtle bite to the overall sound, both being heavy and inviting at the same time. Let the naysayers be damned for this is Baldrs Draumar at their finest. Lest you think we are rooting for the home team here at the site, I live in the US and know this is the real deal. For those waiting for the next slew of metal albums from whoever in Scandinavia, eastern Europe or the US for that matter, you need only travel to Dokkum on the North Sea to find the best folk metal album of 2019. “
Congratulations Baldrs Draumar!!!
1. Baldrs Draumar ‘Magnus’
The Phoenix has arised
Many of the people who have been keeping up with Furor Gallico will no doubt realize from their promotional photos on social media, and from their new single, “The Phoenix”, that the band has undergone significant stylistic changes which I have mentioned in my earlier review, carry over to the sound of their new album. I reached out to the band with some questions about their new release, you can read the interview, covering everything from folk tales to war-paint, below.Continue reading →
Rating: 9.2/10 Release:18 January 2019 Label: Scarlet Records HiFuror Gallico’s music has a unique degree of authenticity, both to their celtic themes (musical and lyrical) and the underlying ethos that their music has always exuded. Although, it must be said the band has undergone some changes in their sound. The … Continue reading →
“Folk metal does not exist,
Folk metal is what the hell we chose to do!”
‘Folk-metal.nl’s own’ Eline had a nice chat with Paolo of Furor Gallico.
Congratulations on your new album ‘Songs from the earth’, could you please tell me more about the making of this album?
“Thank you so much! This album has been an opportunity to improve ourselves from how we started with the debut album. We did not want to lose sight of our origins, so we tried to add some new details to our music.
In some tracks we tried to conceive a sound not so easily linkable to other music.
As for the technical aspects of the album, we spent the last two years refining its sound. Moreover, several technical hassles put back the release date (the album had been recorded in 2013) and so, once it was finally out, we couldn’t believe our eyes!”
How has the album been received by the fans and critics?
“So far, so good! We are absolutely glad to see that our fans like both songs on the album whose sound and atmosphere are closer to our debut album, and other songs, such as ‘Diluvio’ or ‘Steam over the Mountain’. Those two songs are rooted in our idea of how we see folk metal, which is: “Folk metal does not exist, folk metal is what the hell we chose to do!”
At our first gig supporting ‘Songs from the Earth’, many people already sang some of our new stuff, from the beginning to the end! That was definitely touching!”
By: Colin & Yvette 22 Februari 2015 @ La Machine du Moulin Rouge, Paris. Photography: psychopathia-melomania.com On a rainy weekend in February, Folk-metal.nl travels to France for the annual Parisian festival Cernunnos Paganfest. The 8th edition of the festival, that also happens to be a medieval fair, is held in … Continue reading →
By: Jeff Rating: 7,5/10 Release: 16-2-2015 Label: Scarlet Records I am happy to say that 2015 is going to be another great year for folk metal with tons of releases to look forward to, including the latest by Italy’s Furor Gallico entitled “Songs From The Earth”. Four years ago, they … Continue reading →
By: Gur Rating: 8/10 Label: Independent / re-release: Scarlet Records Furor Gallico, a folk/celtic metal-band from Italy. After a demo in 2008 they released an debut album in 2010, entitled ‘furor gallico’. And this was a job well done. The first thing you notice is the artwork by Kris Verwimp, … Continue reading →