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FOLKENTROLL – Jester of Chaos

FOLKENTROLL - Jester of Chaos

FolkenTroll is a new folk metal band from Lecce, Italy. They were born in 2009 by Marco Carangelo (guitars) and Luca de Marco (bass). They soon completed their line-up and started composing their own songs, covering Korpiklaani songs and participating in many gigs. They soon decided to release their debut EP, choosing their best songs so far. So in 2011 they entered the studio as a six-piece band and released the mini CD “Jester of Chaos“.

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CLAIM THE THRONE – Triumph and Beyond

CLAIM THE THRONE - Triumph and Beyond

Claim the Throne is an Australian epic folk death metal band from Perth. They were formed in 2005 and in 2008 their debut album “Only the Brave Return” was out. Next year they signed to Prime Cuts Music and released the EP “Aletales” (miniCD + DVD). In 2010 their second full-length album “Triumph and Beyond” was out again via Prime Cuts Music and finally I got it in my hands.

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NIBURTA – Scream from the East

NIBURTA - Scream from the East

There are times when I find it very difficult to review and rate a band. There are times though, where I don’t need more than a spin of the CD, or in Niburta’s case, more than a preview song from youtube in order to decide. Niburta come from Hungary and they just released a masterpiece, one of the best folk metal albums of this year. This nine-piece band was formed in 2009 under the name Tardos and after a while Read more…

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ENSIFERUM – Unsung Heroes

ENSIFERUM - Unsung Heroes

Finland’s epic folk metallers Ensiferum are back with their 5th full-length album “Unsung Heroes“. 17 years after their creation they’ve become one of the leading acts in the genre and they are already among the basic influences of many younger bands. And while their previous album “From Afar” was a typical Ensiferum album, well I can’t say the same for this one…

The album begins with a melodic instrumental intro, which actually reveals the intentions of Read more…

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LLVME – Yía De Nuesu

LLVME - Yia de Nuesu

Two years after their debut album “Fogeira de Sueños” the Spanish folk metal band Llvme is back with its new work. Nandu is the only remaining member of the original line-up and the one who actually founded Llvme, after the end of his previous band Chaotic Hope. Anyway he was always the mastermind of the band, since he composes the majority of the music. In this new album Llvme return as a duet, with Nandu performing all instruments Read more…

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SHANGREN – Warriors of Devastation

SHANGREN – Warriors of Devastation

Folk metal (especially in its most extreme expressions) has been my favorite genre for years now and I always want to listen to bands who bring music from different cultures to their sound. So far many bands from the weirdest places of the world have come to my attention, but I had never come upon a band who experiments with folk Chinese or native African music. This is weird if you take into consideration the rich and very strong traditional Read more…

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MELECHESH – The Epigenesis

MELECHESH – The Epigenesis

The founders of Mesopotamian black metal are back with their fifth full-length album. Through the years this band has created a “good” name, so they don’t need any introduction. The term black metal isn’t the best to describe them anymore, since the band is constantly changing its style after the second album “Djinn”. They now have a more mainstream sound with a thrash and death metal approach. Of course there are still some black metal elements in their Read more…

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BIFRÖST – Heidenmetal

BIFRÖST – Heidenmetal

Bifrost is a name often used in metal and there are many bands with this name. Bifröst with (¨) though come from Austria and they were formed in 2005. In 2006 they finished the album “Schlachtklänge” that was never released. Four years later Einheit Produktionen released their new (but actually first official) album “Heidenmetal”.

The band belongs in the epic death black metal genre with a folk Viking approach. Their music is based on the guitar Read more…

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