And here it is: Our Best Album 2022. After Grimner and Baldrs Draumar, Månegarm is the third band which manages to reach the top of this list for the second time. Predictable? No, not really our team has totally changed since 2015 when Månegarm reached the first place with their self-entitled album. A small disclaimer for everyone who has counted the favourite albums. You will only find four favourite albums in this list. The fifth one was The Hu ‘Rumble of Thunder’, it ended up just outside this list, but an album to check out for sure. But our undoubted winner of 2022 is:
1. Månegarm – ‘Ynglingaättens Öde’ A clear winner this year? Yes with 39 points Månegarm received the most points by far. Two times voted Best Album, so there is no doubt about it. Matthew wrote: “Hard to believe these Swedish metal heads have been putting out music for nearly 25 years. Any fan can easily see the maturation of their music over the years, and ‘Ynglingaättens Öde’ is by far a reflection on how their concepts, song writing and music styles have matured over the years, in a great way.” “Many of the other tracks follow the same template giving us traditional folk melodies with heavy riffs and harsh but melodic vocals. It is apparent that Månegarm has put a lot of thought, emotion and pageantry into ‘Ynglingaättens Öde’ to create a successful record.”
It was a tight race until the last points from the USA, Sweden, UK and the Netherlands were counted. This year’s winner is:
1. Vanaheim – ‘Een Verloren Verhaal’ What a first full length album created Vanaheim with this one. What a hell of a month February was this year for Folk-metal. Three February-releases in the top 3 of our Best Debut Album 2022 list. With 37 points very close to the maximum of 40 points. The favourite debut of two of us. Juergen was exited as well and wrote: “it is really amazing on which high level the band can perform. Even that most properly the symphonic and orchestral parts are coming from the keyboard the quality of the sound is simply amazing, also keeping in mind that Vanaheim is still an independent band. The big variation in their songs, the perfect mix between orchestralic, symphonic,folk episodes and chants combined with their very impressive metal makes this album a pleasure to listen.”
We can only wish Vanaheim all the best and hope to see them shine at many concert next year! Congratulations!
Rating: 9.5/10 Release: 4 February 2022 Label: Independent 5 Years after their first EP “The House Spirit” the Dutch Epic Folk Metal Band Vanaheim released their first Full Lenght Record “Een verloren verhaal” on the 04.02.2022. The first track “Uit Steen Geslagen” starts with a very nice folky keyboard interlude …Continue reading →
Dutch metalband Vanaheim released their first full length album ‘Een Verloren Verhaal’. As the title shows they made a switch to Dutch for their lyrics. Overall this album is a huge step forward and they pulled it off without losing their identity. And there are more nice things with Vanaheim… The guys are all very involved and they all took the time to answer our questions.
Rating: 8.5/10 Release: 15 April 2016 Label: Independent Holland is not exactly well known for their many folk / pagan metal bands. So understandably, if there is a new kid on the block, all of us are very interested. As some of you may know, I’ve been following Vanaheim for …Continue reading →
Dynamo Eindhoven, The Netherlands Date: 02 Oktober 2016 It’s starting to be a little tradition. A one day folk / pagan metal festival in the fall in the south of Holland. For the third consecutive year metal fans from the entire country assembled to celebrate their favourite music. With about …Continue reading →
Little Devil, Tilburg (NL) 08 January 2016 Vanaheim A new pagan metal band from Holland is born. Not too many of those around, so worthwhile to check out Vanaheim. Best known member is Nick Roovers, former guitarist of folk metal band Druantia. And former reviewer for your very own folk-metal.nl. …Continue reading →