In terms of genre and composition, this album does exactly what it says on the tin, there are power and folk elements, as well as some more traditional heavy metal elements in there too. I just feel like this would benefit a little more from some good mastering and increase in the audio quality.
The composition and quality of the tracks are fantastic, it is difficult to fault the individual tracks. There can be a danger that there can be too many songs, just to put out as much material as possible to “make up” for the time between albums. Sadly I feel that Eluveitie might have fallen foul a little of this, but that does not diminish from the quality of the individual tracks themselves.
An amazing day full of dancing, jigging, and folk metal in good old London town.
The album is good, solid power metal which I really enjoy, and is something that caters to those who also enjoy the more serious power metal as well as the cheesier side (which I do). I’ll definitely be adding this new album and Bloodbound’s back catalogue to my music rotation.
There is a lot of potential in Atorc, I just feel that they need to iron out those few creases before they can truly launch into the more international folk metal community.
There is clearly a lot of thought and creativity that goes into creating a Dwarrowdelf album, and for anyone that is a fan of atmospheric black metal, I would definitely recommend keeping an eye on what Dwarrowdelf is up to in the future.
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.
The album takes you on a journey through the pagan year, and each track feels like it is reflecting the festival it tells the tale of.
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.
I think that Ariadne’s Thread are definitely a folk band to look out for in the future, and I hope that one day I will have the chance to see them perform live.
Týr are well and truly back on my music rotation, and I can see this as yet another contender for album of the year. They never fail to impress, and I very much hope that I will be able to see them again soon.
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.
My very first band interview with the wonderful Alexander and Jane from Imperial Age
It makes me want to buy some Spandex pants, leg warmers, back comb my hair and combine all that with some Doc Martens and a leather jacket. That is the only way I can think that would accurately depict the feel of this album.
An absolutely fantastic night of symphonic power metal with a splash of rock ‘n’ roll.
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!
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I think I have already found a contender for album of the year. Sometimes when bands add orchestral instruments to their music, it can sound like an afterthought rather than being thought about and completely integrated into the music. Lemuria have done the latter, and I feel that without the addition of the orchestral instruments, there would be a big chunk of the music missing and it wouldn’t feel complete.
This album is maybe something I wouldn’t have immediately picked up from the cover and album title, but I did really enjoy the tracks. It’s a little bit out of my normal taste, but I had a lot of fun listening to it, and it brought back memories of some of the music I used to listen to in the late 90’s and early 00’s, when you had bands that used to sing of lost love and have some real emotion and feel behind the music.
Furor Gallico have produced something amazing. The folk instruments blend in effortlessly with the more traditional heavy metal instruments, and the composition is perfect.