Ensiferum have returned with their sixth studio album called “One Man Army” and it’s everything you’d expect from this band but with more ‘umph’ in terms of energy with almost thrash styled riffing. The typical folk metal melodies will be found on here and the band often comes together to give us the best use of group vocals with wild shouting and choir like singing. Sometimes the band will give us a cinematic approach on a song or two and it really drives home that epic feeling that this band is known to deliver. This isn’t just your usual metal journey, Ensiferum’s “One Man Army” makes sure you are enjoying yourself as well as making you headbang, which of course is important to me.
After four years of silence, avant norse folk metal duo, SOLEFALD, return with Norrønasongen. Kosmopolis Nord, an experimental soundtrack to the fjords and mountains of Norway, and a hymn to the nature of the North. A prequel to the eclectic duo’s forthcoming Kosmopolis Sud full-length set for release next year, Norrønasongen. Kosmopolis Nord was created for release on vinyl, boasts a crew totaling ten musicians and finds SOLEFALD venturing into new and unfamiliar soundscapes.
Today Stereogum is pleased to host the official unveiling of “Come The Flood,” the new hymn from Dublin metal troupe, PRIMORDIAL. The stirring tune appears as the third track on the band’s long-anticipated Where Greater Men Have Fallen full-length, set for release via Metal Blade Records this November.
Double Experience’s sound isn’t metal at all but due to me loving almost anything and everything that has to do with video games, I figured why the hell not. Well, the sound just does not sit well with me as the music belongs on an alternative radio station. Too much poppy rock happening, I like the vocals though. Still, meh. 2.5 out of 5
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!