Tag Archives: Folk Metal

Vintersorg – Jordpuls

After a four year hiatus Andreas Hedlund and his Vintersorg crew return to the fold with a brand new album, entitled Jordpuls. As on its predecessor the album is entirely sung in Swedish with lyrics revolving around mankind and its relationship with nature. Let’s see what Vintersorg’s latest album has to offer. Continue reading


Vintersorg – Solens Rötter

After the reaching the zenith of progressiveness and avant-garde with The Focussing Blur, Andreas Hedlund opted for a more back to basics approach on Solens Rötter (2007). The services of Steve DiGiorgio (bass) and Asgeir Mickelson (drums) were no longer required. The album was recorded by Hedlund and Marklund with the occasional help of some session musicians. Let’s see what impact that had on the material of Solens RötterContinue reading


Vintersorg – The Focussing Blur

After exploring the progressive metal realm with Visions Of The Spiral Generator, Andreas Hedlund and Vintersorg returned in 2004 with The Focussing Blur, their most ambitious record to date. The grandiose themes about physics and astronomy are back in full swing and once again the collective talents of Steve DiGiorgio (bass) and Asgeir Mickelson (drums) are brought in to provide the necessary musical muscle. Continue reading


Vintersorg – Visions From The Spiral Generator

Andreas Hedlund, better known as Mr V, is the main composer behind Vintersorg. He’s also active as a vocalist in Borknagar. Furthermore he keeps himself occupied with several other projects, including Waterclime and Cronian. Before the release of Visions From The Spiral Generator (2002) he released several albums under the Vintersorg moniker, like Till Fjälls (1998) and Ödermarkens Son (1999). However, it’s with Visions From The Spiral Generator where he really managed to break new ground. Continue reading


Interview With Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy

One of the nice things of being an editor/reviewer is the discovery of new and exciting bands. Recently I came across Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy, a folk/doom metal band from the Czech Republic. Their Navaz album is stacked to the brim with majestic compositions and elaborate arrangements. Singer Pavel Hricner and guitarist Mirek Petrek were more than happy to answer my questions on the band’s early days, the writing and recording sessions for Navaz, the deeper meanings behind the lyrics and Pavel’s passion for music in general. Continue reading


Moonsorrow – Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa

Moonsorrow are a band from Finland with strong ties to fellow folk/black metal band Fintroll. Unlike many peers Moonsorrow specialises in long and epic tracks rooted in black metal, folk metal and some viking metal in between. Over the years they released a string of albums, such as Voimasta Ja Kunniasta (2001), Kivenkantaja (2003), Verisäkeet (2005) and V: Hävitetty (2007). The band are about to unleash their latest offering, entitled Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa. Continue reading


Dornenreich – Flammentriebe

Dornenreich are an Austrian black metal outfit who aren’t afraid to expend their sound in uncharted waters. Through the years they’ve meddled with ambient, folk and they even released an entirely acoustic folk based album under the guise of In Luft Geritzt. This year marks the return of this eclectic band with a brand new album, entitled Flammentriebe. Continue reading


Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy – Návaz

One of the more satisfying things of being a music reviewer is the discovery of unknown musical gems. Last year I was really pleased with Pin-up Went Down from France, who blew me away with their 2 Unlimited and 342 albums. Some weeks ago I discovered Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy, a highly talented doom/folk metal ensemble from the Czech Republic. Recently their Návaz album saw the light of day, so let’s dive into the musical wealth of these Czechs. Continue reading


Turisas – Stand Up And Fight

Pagan/Folk Metal has become quite popular nowadays with bands like Turisas, Ensiferum, Heidevolk, Eluveitie and Týr leading the charge. The music usually revolves around anthem like songs about war, conquest and beer, often based on old stories and sagas. The aforementioned Turisas are one of the biggest bands in their specific field. Their Battle Metal album (2004) was instrumental for the current popularity of the whole Pagan/Folk Metal. The warriors from Turisas are back with a brand new album, entitled Stand Up And Fight. Let’s have a beer, draw our swords and see what those guys have to offer. Continue reading


Battlelore – Doombound

Many bands within the metal genre are inspired by the epic tales of J.R.R Tolkien and his Lord Of The Rings. Battlelore from Finland are such a band. They specialize in grand anthems about glory, heroes en bloodshed in the best Tolkien tradition. Their latest offering is a true concept album about the tragic story of Túrin Turambar, one of the greatest heroes of the First Era of Middle Earth. Let’s take a trip into a world full of sorcerers, elves and dragons. Continue reading


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