1. Firkin – ‘Spice It Up’ Firkin released 22 out of 40 points. This is the first time ever we have a Celtic-Punk album as the Best Album of the year. Again one of the voting members was of the opinion it should be our Album of the Year. Mark wrote: ““Stir It Up” is the name of the album, and it’s good. While demonstrative of their work, it’s not like the two absolute gems of the album: “For a Life” (which they also released as a single– and the bassline punches hard) and “Boys Are on the Loose”. These are the anthems, the kickass rock songs that stand by themselves. Firkin knew this, too, because the latter is the last song on the album. Lastly, there are the oddities, and I say this in a loving sense. “Santiana” is a modern sea shanty. It starts with some nautical sounds, of course, and borrows some melody from “Whup Jamboree” (another traditional song that Firkin previously covered). There are a host of famous pirate metal bands that could comfortably cover this, and it’d sound right at home. “Haiku” is the album’s only instrumental song, and it’s fantastic. It has eight-bar stretches that could, themselves, be a standalone Irish reel.”
Congratulations Firkin, you did a hell of a job here!
We had a nice chat with Vilius Garba, drummer of the Lithuanian Baltic folk band Ūkanose, these days. Here is the complete interview. A big thank to Vilius and to the rest of the band.
Hi guys, welcome on Folk-metal.nl, I’d like to start off by asking when and why you decided to create the band, why it’s called Ūkanose and what were your objectives when you created the band. “Hey! Good to talk to you! The band was created back in 2012 when our guitarist Linas and our ex-Accordionist Tadas met up in a pub called “Eagle-Owl” and decided that Lithuania’s music scene needs more metal bands that incorporate our Lithuanian / Baltic Folklore into their music. That was only a natural conclusion for them to come to as they were both heavily interested in our History and Folklore. The main objective was to have fun of course and while doing so remind people about our history and traditions through music.”
Rating: 9.5/10 Release: 14 April 2023 Label: Dangus The Lithuanian band Ūkanose, born in 2012, released after a long time an album that collected nine songs that the band often performed live, but that had never been put on a record. The concept of the band was born after a …Continue reading →
Rating: 8.5/10 Release: 13 April 2020 Label: Independent The baltic folk metal band Ukanose out of Lithuania is sending us with their new EP “…kai griadejo miskai…” a new sign of life since their offical debut in 2016. The six musicians out of Vilnus have dedicated themselves to the folkore …Continue reading →
Rating: 7.5/10Release: 3 November 2016Label: SoundAge Productions We have had some pretty decent releases come in from Lithuania recently (Romuvos and Juodvarnis come to mind) but none that were super folky…. more Viking/pagan if anything. The seeming debut from Ūkanose is probably the folkiest I have heard come out of …Continue reading →