Ostara Orbits the World – Sweden

Home of fika, meatballs, Ikea and some absolutely fantastic metal, I am absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to discovering new folk/pagan/power metal bands from this wonderful country.

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Ensiferum – Two Paths

You can tell straight away that this is an Ensiferum album, it has a familiarity about it yet is brand new and packs a punch. For me hearing familiar melodies and instrumental tones is no bad thing, if a band are good at what they are doing, they should stick to it and that is exactly what Ensiferum have done here.

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