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.
LIVE REVIEW: HRH Vikings Chapter I
This event is a new highlight on the festival calendar, and I already have tickets for next year to witness an even more spectacular line up! Skål!
DOUBLE LIVE REVIEW: Heilung (supported by Jo Quail) 9th November 2018, and Wardruna 21st November 2018
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.
Grailknights – Knightfall
This album is prime for a power metal party and I can definitely imagine myself with all my power metal loving friends having a grand old time with some drinks seeing Grailknights live.
Dyrnwyn – Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
Italian folk metal seems to be coming into it’s own with some quality acts right now, and Dyrnwyn are no different, they are fantastic and I very much look forward to hearing more from them in the future. I thoroughly recommend these guys if you are looking for some pagan folk metal in the style of Moonsorrow.
YYLVA – The Wood Beyond The World
This is an amazing debut from YYLVA. The tracks are really well written, the mix is brilliant and Clare’s vocals are absolutely incredible. I expect many more great things from YYLVA, and I am excited to hear more in the future.
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.
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.
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.
Tengger Cavalry – Cian Bi
An unusual folk metal album which deviates from the normal European style. It flows really well and the composition is fantastic.
Armored Dawn – Barbarians in Black
Barbarians in Black is a hard-hitting, heavy power metal album which you should really add to your collection.
Accursed Years – Oaken Weave (Single)
An acquaintance of mine (also in Sköll) asked me if I’d be kind enough to have a listen to his other band’s (Accursed Years) single
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!
Auri – Auri
If you love the folk melodies in metal, this is a pure, stripped down version and it is every bit as beautiful you would expect.
North Hammer – Stormcaller
Overall it’s a great folk metal album, and if you like your folk metal on the heavier side it’s definitely an album you need to check out, and North Hammer is definitely a band you need to keep your eye on!
Hiidenhauta – 1695
This album really makes you feel the struggle and hardships of the Finnish people. When you don’t speak the language the lyrics are written in, the power of the music and expression in the voice becomes even more important, and this album really captures the concept of the entire album.
GIG REVIEW: Grimner plus Support at The Angel Microbrewery, Nottingham
On a cold March evening in Nottingham, as the snow began to fall, a small group of metalheads gathered in the upstairs chapel of a brewery and pub, waiting for a folk metal party to warm their souls. The legions of YYLVA, Atorc, Isarnos and Grimner gathered, and the lights went down.
Iahsari – Shrine of the Ancient Gods
If you like your tracks with long instrumentals, then this is definitely an album you want to be checking out, and a band you want to be keeping an eye on in the future.