I absolutely love Gloryhammer, and music like this never fails to bring my joy on a sad day. Gloryhammer have stuck to their core style, harking back to elements and melodies of previous tracks, as well as bringing a new and exciting installment to their sage to save the Kingdom of Fife and the mighty City of Dundee.
Amon Amarth have successfully managed to try something new whilst still holding true to their roots and previous records. They have got the right balance between maintaining their sound while keeping it fresh, and that, in my opinion, is not always an easy thing to do, particularly for a band such as Amon Amarth who have such a distinctive sound and image.
Once again, Månegarm have produced another fantastic album. It’s new and fresh while still being true to their signature style. I hope that I am able to catch them live again very soon, as I am sure a lot more UK fans are!
I do hope that there will be more from Warrior Path, there’s a lot of potential for this new project to go a long way.
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.
Vanir are definitely a band I should have taken the time to listen to earlier. I really enjoyed this album, and I look forward to getting a chance to give their back catalogue a proper listen.
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.
I caught up with front man Ted at Wacken Winter Nights III to chat about all things Grimner.
Part 2 of my Wacken Winter Nights III review
Part 1 of my Wacken Winter Nights III review
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.