Thrash Hits

folk metal

Album: Metsatöll – Karjajuht

April 17th, 2014

Metsatoll 2014 promo photo Thrash Hits

Metsatöll
Karjajuht
Spinefarm Records
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.

[Read more →]

Tags

Album: Black Messiah – Heimweh

December 16th, 2013

Black Messiah 2013 promo photo Thrash Hits

Black Messiah
Heimweh
AFM Records
29 November 2013

by Pete Long

It mightn’t be quite as popular as the current wave of atmospheric black metal, but there’s no shortage of bands playing various black and folk metal tributes to Odin and chums. Germany’s Black Messiah have been at that game for two decades now, without ever really placing themselves in the league of heavyweights like Falkenbach and Moonsorrow.

[Read more →]

Tags

Album: Atrocity – After The Storm

September 23rd, 2010

Atrocity feat. Yasmin
After The Storm
Napalm Records
06 September 2010

by Tom Dare

Making a play for the least appropriate name in metal, Atrocity return with album number eleven. Anyone thinking that the band members’ time off in Leaves’ Eyes might see them move back to their death metal roots can think again. Anyone thinking they may have used up many of their best ideas in their side-project is closer to the mark. In fact, you almost wonder why they bother with the project. [Read more →]

Tags
Bands

Album: Skyforger – Kurbads

June 3rd, 2010

Skyforger
Kurbads
Metal Blade
26 April 2010

by Tom Dare

While Finntroll and Ensiferum still deal in the Nordic knees-up music, Eluveitie have already shown that folk metal is a style of music capable of being taken a mite more seriously than as just providing the soundtrack to a piss-up at Bloodstock or Wacken. Latvia’s Skyforger have now returned after a seven year absence to add weight to the suggestion that folk metal is growing up – though a certain amount of the “folk” element has been lost in the process.

[Read more →]

Tags
Bands

Album: Eluveitie – Everything Remains As It Never Was

March 17th, 2010

Eluveitie
Everything Remains As It Never Was
Nuclear Blast
19 February 2010

by Tom Dare

Swiss folk metallers Eluveitie attracted a certain amount of attention with their song ‘Inis Mona’, the lead single for their last album, Slania. One of the finer examples of the folk metal style, it firmly established Eluveitie as more authentically ‘folk’ than most of their peers, a position they consolidated last year with the release of their pure folk album, Evocation I- The Arcane Dominion.

However, despite Slania being a solid record, it was let down by being the type of album that had one or two colossal songs but patches of filler. With Everything Remains As It Never Was, the band has resumed the metal, but their sojourn in acoustic folk appears to have done them no end of good.

[Read more →]

Tags
Bands

Album: Finntroll – Nifelvind

February 11th, 2010

Finntroll
Nifelvind
Century Media
22 February 2010

by Tom Dare

Folk metal: how divisive it has been. There are those would rather listen to the first Bring Me The Horizon record played backwards on out-of-tune guitars, than put on anything recorded by the violin-carrying brigade. Well, to all of those who fall into the former category, may I say the following:

Would you kindly crawl out from your own arse, have a listen to Finntroll’s latest album, Nifelvind, and learn to have some fun? As fun is what Finntroll are all about.

[Read more →]

Tags
Bands
Keep up with Thrash Hits. Click like and follow.
X