07 March 2014
by Pete Long
When people talk about folk metal, they are often talking about metal with a bit of a rustic tinge. The odd flute trill, maybe a violin, some jaunty riffs on the electric guitars – very much more metal than folk. Bands who are as much folk as metal, where the traditional instruments and melodies play as big a role as the crushing riffs – more Pogues than Dropkicks, to borrow a punk comparison – they’re a rarer beast. Metsatöll have been firmly towards the Pogues-end of that spectrum ever since multi-instrumentalist Lauri ‘Varulven’ Õunapuu joined the band in 2000.