Sorcières are able to create an atmosphere with their music already, and the ability to keep one repeating melody throughout a track is not something that you see very often nowadays, and I really enjoy it. I look forward to hearing what more Sorcières are able to bring to life in the future.
Norvhar – Kauna
I hope for Norvhar to release many more albums, especially if they are of this caliber. A tale of the wayfarer’s journey beyond this album would be most welcomed by me, but whatever they put out there in the future, if it is of this quality, I will be among the first to give it a listen.
Aonia – The Seven
The composition is wonderful, Jo and Melissa’s vocals are absolutely flawless and incredible to listen to, and live they put on a magnificent performance. I will definitely be taking another opportunity to see them live in the future, and I would suggest that if symphonic metal is your kind of thing, that you should do the same.
Ilmarinen – Tribute to a King
I do enjoy the composition, and from the live video below the band do have a lot of enthusiasm and if I got the opportunity to see them, I would take it. I hope to hear a full-length album from them in the future!
Lex Talion – Sons of Chaos
The album tells a story, not only through the lyrics but through the instrumentals as well. There are highs and lows in the music as an epic battle or war seems to take place throughout the tracks of the album.
Teshaleh – Born of Fire
Despite the fact the album doesn’t really flow well for me personally, the actual composition of the individual tracks is really good. If a future full-length release is in the works, I would like to see some more consistent themes in the instrumentals.
Warkings – Reborn
There was such a hype on social media before this debut was released the for me it didn’t quite hit impossibly high standard. However, it is a damn good album!
Dragony – Masters of the Multiverse
With keys adding cheese, soaring vocals, guitar solos, singalong choruses, and a power ballad, it has all the ingredients you need for one hell of a power metal banger.
Celtachor – Fiannaíocht
I’m really looking forward to seeing Celtachor again live. It is not often that Irish folk metal is heard, it is more often the more Northern European folk metal that fans are more familiar with.
Adavant – The Unyielding
This album is a great mix of power, folk and symphonic metal, with heavy Ensiferum influences. If you enjoy these genres, Adavant is a band you definitely want to be keeping track of in the future!
Visigoth – Conqueror’s Oath
Old school heavy metal mixed with modern power metal.
Grimner – Vanadrottning
I would highly recommend this album to anyone that has an even passing interest in folk metal. I am a little mad at myself for not finding out about this band earlier, as they are fast becoming one of my favourite bands of the genre!
Vanaheim – The House Spirit
The whole EP is a brilliant four-track concept which flows into one long tale over a night in the forest. I hope to hear more from this band in the future!
Atorc – Seven Tales of Swords & Ale
I see a lot of potential in the growth of Atorc in becoming one of the foremost folk metal bands in the UK. I’m excited to hear what they have to offer in the future.