You know the feeling you get when you listen to well done folk metal similar to Scythia? That overwhelming joy and excitement? Russian pagan/folk metal band Bastion definitely do this for me and invoke maddening headbanging moments. This music is just good and the use of wind instruments is the best I’ve heard so far this year. Bastion definitely bring forth an authentic folk feeling with their metal offerings.
I took a break from my usual Friday night routine of black metal and Diablo 3 to partake in one of the more anticipated shows for me: Paganfest. I may be wrong but I do not think this tour has ever made it through Kansas City and I definitely wasn’t going to miss out on seeing these bands play at such a small venue. The venue was packed with beards, long hair, Mjolnir pendents and metal shirts. Few people brought drinking horns and even less wore the clothing that you would find at the Renaissance festival. Still, the energy and positive vibe throughout the night was great and each band played very well.
When it comes to ‘epic metal’ or ‘power metal’, people usually think of Dragonforce or maybe even Iced Earth. Yet, when I think of Battleroar, I think of something more than just pre-existing music endeavors. No, Battleroar is something of itself and something great. Yes, the band may spark debates of “They sound like this band and that band”, but I truly believe Battleroar is something rather new and exciting.
I was just browsing this internet for any bands with the name “Grimnir” and low and behold I find one called Grimner. Grimnir is one of Odin’s many names and if you know me, I love Norse mythology and the entire universe within. To find a brand new band with this name with a new release is just dumb luck and I definitely put it on my review list. What is Grimner though? How about some of the best melodic death pagan/viking metal I’ve heard in a long time! From Sweden too, so I knew it was going to be authentic and true.
Oh Scythia, when melodic metal blends with folk and tends to stray away from non-death metal vocals, it seems to get a bad wrap and often ignored from the massive swarm of vile death metal listeners. However, this time around, the band turns up the musical charm and gives something with incredible replayability and “…Of Conquest” is full of quality metal from beginning to end!
Well hello there. Man is the year coming to a close already?! Good because I’m ready for 2014 and all of the new stuff that is coming my way. 2013 was a fantastic year for metal, all genres gave me something terrific to enjoy. I reviewed well over 300 albums this year and listened to many more. So without further delay, I give you my top 25 albums of 2013.
Thyrfing, quite amazing put together viking/pagan metal. Moving keyboard ambiance is laid out behind melodic folk inducing metal riffs. The drumming is more of a thought out rhythmic progression rather than just blasting and the vocals are definitely heathen screams with some black metal moments in them. This album is unexpectedly very good.