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Album: Black Messiah – Heimweh

December 16th, 2013

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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.

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Future Hits 117: Hærken

April 16th, 2012

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Hærken
From: Birmingham, UK
Lazy Equation: Death Metal + Folk + Costumes + Beard
URL: Facebook

Thrash Hits verdict: Fully committed to bringing us metal from the middle ages, Brummie Death/Folksters, Hærken don’t just dress like they’ve escaped from the Renaissance Fair, they bring alive Chaucer’s word in their interviews too. But far from being a one-note joke band, they back up their antics with some of the most solid and catchy riffing British Death Metal has to offer. So, brave pilgrim, will’st though take up thy sword and do battle with these heathens from the Mid Lands?

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Album: Falconer – Armod

June 2nd, 2011

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Falconer
Armod
Metal Blade
07 June 2011

by Tom Dare

The ever-entertaining Falconer are usually a safe bet to return with a plethora of hooks and a collection of songs to warm the cockles whenever they announce a new album. The difference this time is that those hooks are all entirely sung in Swedish, and their wander across stylistic borders has gone even further afield.

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Album: SuidAkrA – Book Of Dowth

March 15th, 2011

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SuidAkrA
Book Of Dowth
AFM Records
25 March 2011

by Tom Dare

After nine albums in their fourteen years of releasing, SuidAkrA show no sign of slacking off. Instead, they continue to forge on down the rain-swept Hibernian path they have carved out for themselves with tenth album Book Of Dowth in striking fashion.

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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.

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