Huldre is a new folk metal band coming from Copenhagen, Denmark that was officially formed in 2009, even if its roots are back in 2006. Their debut album is a pleasant surprise coming out of nowhere, since the band had only released a self-titled demo in 2010! “Intet Menneskebarn” is for sure one of the best folk metal albums I’ve listened so far in 2012 with an unbelievably mature and professional sound!!!
Looking at the band’s bio I found out that most members are also involved in other folk acoustic projects (Gny, Asynje, Fabel, Virelai, Leikarar) while their drummer and bassist are also on the black metal band Eldjudnir. The experience of their musicians explains a lot about the quality of their music. The term folk metal in Huldre has its real meaning. Traditional acoustic folk instruments (violin, lute, hurdy gurdy, flutes) and metal orchestrations are one in a very tight and solid sound. Their guitars move on Nordic folk scales and tunes, with wonderful rhythmic riffs and melodic leads that retain their metallic heaviness. I honestly believe ”Intet Menneskebarn” would sound folk metal, even if the band had to remove all its traditional instruments! Of course I’d never suggest this since their folk orchestrations are so beautiful! They use all these acoustic instruments to create interesting, different and very original soundscapes, finding the perfect balance between metal and folk. Their sound has something so real, natural, honest and pure, transferring the listener to Danish and Nordic medieval times.
Except for the perfect sound and the excellent instrumentation, Huldre happens to have a breathtaking singer! Nanna Barslev is one of the most gifted female folk singers I’ve ever heard and I am not referring only to metal! She has a very special and characteristic color in her wonderful voice and unlike many singers of the genre she is totally correct in every note of this demanding style! Huldre use only female vocals, but I believe their heavy music could “endure” some more extreme singing too (of course this is just a personal preference). There is no need to mention that all lyrics are in their native language dealing with local folklore.
From the countless new bands in this genre, I believe that Huldre is one of the most remarkable. Their members’ deeper involvement in folk music is more than obvious in their amazing debut. Fans of Nordic folk metal should check them; you won’t be disappointed. “Intet Menneskebarn” is self-released by the band in an beautiful digipak edition with a 20-page booklet, including very original artwork and unusual band photos by Kristina Tandrup Gittesdatter. It contains 11 songs and 50 minutes of captivating music. You can visit the links below and find details on how to buy this wonderful album and support the band.