King Of Asgard – :taudr:

As ever, the component instrumentation of :taudr: is executed proficiently. Generally, there’s a good duality of sawing, tremolo-picked guitars to generate intensity and atmosphere with chunkier riffs for groove and melody. For example, the lead on the title track has a definite swing and the riff around 2:30 on “The Curse and the Wanderer” has…

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…

NightCreepers – Hreidd

NightCreepers’ latest album, Hreidd, could be the most diverse folk metal album I’ve heard this year. NightCreepers has an undeniable folk metal sound, but the band incorporates all manner of metal into their music. Elements of progressive, black, and melodic death metal can be heard throughout the album, and that’s just a few different aspects…

Suidakra – Realms Of Odoric

Mainman and founder Arkadius (for those not in the know, the band name is his name in reverse) has worked hard to maintain a steady stream of consistency from album to album. After a brief period of folk/pagan black metal releases, these German admirers of folking Celtic metal took a deathier approach on 2000’s The…

Mistur – In Memoriam

  Be it the bank statement, the plot of land, the meal size, the “bigger is better” mindset seems to be undeniably welcomed in certain cultures, North America being no exception. Mistur of Norway may have adopted a similar slogan for the writing of In Memoriam, because their adventurous sound is aggressively huge here. There…