Hailing from Boston, MA…you would never think such a fantastic symphonic folk metal band could be spawned from such a place. I’m not saying Boston is not a bad place for music, just unexpected folk greatness such as Wilderun! Their album “Olden Tales & Deathly Trails” is everything you want in a folk metal album if you prefer your folk on the more mild side. I’ve heard some really thick folk metal in my day and sometimes too much ruins the experience. Wilderun’s take on the genre is perfect: The singing combined with the screams, the guitars, flutes, symphonic sections and layered fantasy feeling combines and forms one hell of an enjoyable listening experience. Perfect timing too because I just picked up Skyrim again and now I have something epic to listen to while I defend Tamriel! Raise your tankards high! It’s time for some Wilderun!!!
Wilderun’s “Olden Tales & Deathly Trails” is fun from front to back, you won’t get over burdened with too much folk. Sure, it’s quite nerdy at times and I love it. I also like it when the band is all “OK guys, we’re questing and it’s now time to kick some ass” as they turn the gain up on the amps and play some good metal. At times the metal can turn “power” metal when the tempo kicks in but it’s still rad. Wilderun’s overall tone and musicianship is spot on, all of the mighty folk metal fans would appreciate this album. I was instantly a fan, the hooks and catchy writing of it all also helps as you tap your foot along with the song and bang your head.
This album is just fun to listen to! Even with most of the songs being over 7 minutes long, the songs are interesting and go by quite fast. For this being a debut album, I’m completely blown away at how precise they are and their level of expertise when it comes to composing such great music. I mean this takes a lot of talent, it’s not your usual metal album and it just makes it that much more epic. Listen to Wilderun’s “Olden Tales & Deathly Trails” NOW!!!!! It’s the folk metal album of the year! (So far.)