Valhalore – Voyage Into Eternity

The ingredients used are not necessarily a unique combination by any stretch of imagination, on the other hand, though, it is the way they use these ingredients to cook up a very tasty stew of folk, viking and even some power metal, which is setting them apart from their compatriots as well. One of the…

Scuorn – Parthenope

The end result is pretty darn successful, and comes across like  Stormlord with a dose of Rotting Christ‘s hellenic tones and Fleshgod Apocalypse . It is, if anything, pretty downright epic, checking all the boxes for the style with a host of rousing, majestic symphonics, narrations, high pitched screams and deep growls and scathing, slicing…

Norrsköld – Withering Virtue – The Second Chapter

The opening folk-style melody that begins Everfrozen is the perfect start to an album that is filled with an ear pleasing blend of death/black & folk elements. Slipping seamlessly into a glorious sounding beat, the guitar work combined with the frantic drumming really ensures a breathless start. Songs like Feed the Ground, Fallen One &…

Bloody Tyrant – Solitary Eagle

The band’s third studio album Solitary Eagle offers very creative, entertaining and inspiring melodic black metal. The epic atmosphere on the album is enhanced by a multitude of elements. Some songs offer majestic symphonic elements and choirs that aren’t a far call from contemporary Dimmu Borgir and the likes. Other songs focus on Taiwanese folk…

Atlas Pain – What the Oak Left

Folk metal is broad descriptor so I’ll first attempt to capture the essence of these fervent Italians. The best starting point is the compositions and density of Wintersun but with less black metal, more power metal and an ear for cheeriness above grandiosity. What the Oak Left is buoyant and nimble but thankfully avoids the…

Wolfchant – Bloodwinter

After five releases, most of which ranged from good to excellent, Wolfchant is back and up to its old tricks. With galloping drums, a mixture of harsh and epic clean vocals, keyboard melodies, orchestrated choruses, and pagan lyrical subject matter, Bloodwinter is about what anyone familiar with this Bavarian unit would expect, with only a…

Aeternam – Ruins Of Empires

Not that there is much of a burden to listening to Ruins of Empires. Aeternam have produced another fantastic slab of oriental symphonic death metal, a scorching album of 1001 great songwriting ideas, splattered with inventive middle-eastern melodies and instrumentation, and expertly weaving between pummeling bluntness and subtle acoustics. “Damascus Gate” opens on ominous drums…