A special double feature review of my experiences at the Heilung performance on 9th November 2018 at the Islington Assembly Hall in London, and of Wardruna’s performance at the Albert Hall in Manchester on 21st November 2018.
Valyria – Into the Dying of Time
Band: ValyriaAlbum: Into the Dying of TimeRelease Date: 18th May 2018Record Label: Self-Release I can’t remember exactly how I came across Valyria and their latest album,
Review: Power Metal Quest Fest 2018
A one day festival jam packed of power metal in the home of heavy metal – Birmingham.
Ostara Metal’s Power Metal Quest Fest 2018 Picks
Get yourself a ticket for Power Metal Quest Fest, get yourself a t-shirt, and support all the amazing bands on the lineup who rely on our support to keep going!
Korpiklaani – Kulkija
I am very much looking forward to seeing Korpiklaani live again at Wacken Winter Nights in February next year, and there will be a lot of dancing to keep me warm in the northern German winter! All I have left to say in my very limited Finnish vocabulary is “Kiitos” to Finnish folk metal superstars Korpiklaani for yet another smashing release!
Saltatio Mortis – Brot und Spiele (Deluxe Edition)
This album is consistent in quality, it is what you would expect from Saltatio Mortis and what you would expect from a folk metal album.
Bloodshed Walhalla – Ragnarok
When I heard that this was blackened Viking metal, I wasn’t expecting the amount of folky influences akin to Moonsorrow, and I really do enjoy that. The Italian folk metal scene, and the southern European folk metal scene in general are getting bigger, and there are some fantastic bands coming out of this.
Triddana – Rising From Within
It’s what I like in folk metal all in one nice neat package of an album. The album is consistent without being too similar and every track being the same, each track has its own unique identity. I am very much looking forward to hearing even more Triddana in the future!
Bloodstock Festival 2018 – Saturday and Sunday Ostara Review
My experience of Saturday and Sunday at Bloodstock Festival 2018.
Bloodstock Festival 2018 Thursday and Friday – Ostara Metal Review
My review of my experience of Thursday and Friday of Bloodstock Festival 2018.
Aexylium – Tales From This Land
This debut from Aexylium sounds absolutely fantastic. It is a really, really good first album for the band, and I hope to hear more from them in the future. The album is happy, jiggy and definitely worthy of the title of folk metal. I expect big things from this Italian band in the future, and you should definitely go and show them your support!
Dwarrowdelf – The Sons of Fëanor
A beautiful and atmospheric take on some of the lesser-known lore of Tolkein’s world.
Ostara Orbits the World – Norway
Norway is famous for fjords, black metal and trolls, but there is also a lot of great folk, power and pagan metal bands out there to have a listen to.
Ostara Orbits the World – United Kingdom
The folk and power metal scene in the UK is getting bigger every year, and I am fortunate enough to know and in some cases be friends with the members of several of these bands.
Vorgrum – Party in the Deep
If you want to have a folk metal workout, stick this album on and dance around for 45 minutes, it’s the perfect folk metal party in an album!
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.
Shadowrise – Shadowrise
Shadowrise I feel have a lot of potential. The mix between the RPG soundtrack style and the heavy instrumental works really well.
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.
Cruachan – Nine Years of Blood
This is certainly an album I will be listening to again, and if you haven’t had the chance to check these guys out yet, you should!
Sojourner – The Shadowed Road
Each song on this album is its own story, its own journey. Sojourner have a unique sound in their own right.