A new symphonic folk metal band rises from Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Wilderun were formed in 2012, but the idea of the band was conceived back in 2008 by its singer, guitarist and composer Evan Anderson Berry. After some successful gigs with big names of the genre, the four-piece band recorded its debut album “Olden Tales & Deathly Trails“, which was self-released on September 21st, 2012.
Searching a little on the band members’ history, it seems that Wilderun is their first band, something quite surprising for the quality and maturity of their sound. Their music is a mix of symphonic epic metal and rock, with several folk elements, as well as a few extreme metal influences, mostly is the vocals. They have a professional production with rich and complex orchestrations and they all seem very skilled musicians. Apart from the typical metal instruments they also use synths and many acoustic instruments like mandolin, hammered dulcimer, cajon and autoharp. They borrow melodies from authentic traditional songs, mostly from America’s folklore, with the aim to give them new metal “breath”. The album includes only 7 songs, but it lasts a little over 51 minutes, since most compositions are long, like the closing 13 minute “The Dying Californian“. The album has a very theatrical approach and I see it more like an epic rock / metal opera, rather than separate songs. Wilderun’s music moves mostly on mid tempo rhythms, but they don’t hesitate to add some faster parts with influences from epic melodic death metal bands! Their compositions are not based on repetition or catchy melodies, but on rather complex structures that let you discover something new each time you listen to them. Evan sings both with expressive epic clean vocals and aggressive brutal ones being equally good in both styles. Except for some authentic folk melodies, they also use many traditional lyrics in their songs, combined with their own and you can find them all in the CD booklet (traditional lyrics are with italic letters).
Wilderun is a band that came out of nowhere, with a very well composed and performed album, especially for a self released debut! Their music has a mainstream approach and they managed to combine many different and demanding genres under a very balanced and clear sound, something that many big names of the genre would envy. Even if this “symphonic rock / metal” approach that I see in the softer parts of their album, isn’t my favorite genre, I have to recognize the quality of their music and the effort they put behind it. “Olden Tales & Deathly Trails” comes in a standard jewel case edition with 12-page booklet, whose cover artwork is by Eric Campanella. You better visit their official pages below to listen to their music and find information on how to get the album.