The brand new masterpiece of German epic metal pioneers EQUILIBRIUM, "Armageddon", is out now! Guitarist, composer and lyricist René Berthiaume spent almost two years working on this new opus called "Armageddon". The result is rather dark, yet remains the bombast and folk elements of the previous records. The Limited Edition Digipak includes a bonus CD with the instrumental version of the whole album.
Turisas - folk / viking metal band from Finland. Turisas name came from the name of the god of war in the epic Kalevala Tursas (or one of Odin's Rune - Thurisaz - Hammer of Thor). Some critics call the style in which the band plays, Battle metal - the title of the first album.Music band Turisas was founded in 1997 by Mathias Nyugardom (vocals) and Jussi Wikström (guitar). The first full-length album was released in 2004 on Century Media, and it was called "Battle Metal". Guitarist Georg Laakso, who played on this album, in 2005, received a spinal cord injury in a car accident and was forced to leave the music. Replacing him has never been found, and since then the group is only one guitarist.
Northsong is the Symphonic Folk/Viking metal solo project founded by Cortland Runyon in 2010, which blends epic symphonies, heavy guitars, folk instruments, and a varying range of vocals to create an adventurous and battle-like atmosphere. Basing it's lyricism off of Norse Mythology, along with epic stories and battles set in the Viking Age, it is essential music for listeners of Ensiferum, Amon Amarth, Moonsorrow, and any other fans of Viking and Folk Metal.
Bagpipes, whistles, accordion, lyrics about Odin and Thor - oh yes, this is folk metal. Vanir are a young danish folk metal band, and their debut full-length Særimners Kød consists of 11 songs of folk/viking metal in the vein of bands like Korpiklaani, Alestorm, Finntroll and the already established danish folk metal frontiersmen in Svartsot.
Produced By the band themselves and featuring many well-known names from the Finnish folk metal scene, this latest offering is essentially one epic number divided into nine shorter sections: an unashamedly OTT journey to the cold & merciless north, drawing on a wide variety of musical genres – from brutal black metal right through to folk music, orchestrated, classical interludes, angelic vocal melodies & spoken passages, the whole thing steeped in the sort of atmosphere & grandeur more typically found on big-budget movie soundtracks. According to Crimfall themselves, "Our second album is more epic, more grandiose, more extreme & more dramatic than our debut…"
The extent of how heavy metal, in its various genres, has become an international phenomen continues to amaze me. When I thought I've heard every variation, along comes Portugal's Gwydion playing mixture of black, folk, and viking metal on their latest Horn Triskelion, something more often reserved for bands from Scandinavia….
Through “Laguz” the Black Metal pioneers Ancient Rites mark a new chapter in the band's history. The album was recorded at Spacelab Studio, Grefrath, Germany, produced by Christian "Moschus" Moos, orchestrated by Oliver Phillips and mastered by Eroc at Eroc's Mastering Ranch. As always, each album sounds different from the other, yet all works are recognisably Ancient Rites, displaying an own style and authenticity. “Laguz” is an invitation to enter long forgotten worlds through the dark/historical lyrics and the music, which combines fierce Metal with classical orchestrations in order to evoke era's buried by time and dust.
German Epic Metal pioneers EQUILIBRIUM will set aflame a new bonfire this summer with their fourth attempt "Erdentempel". Guitarist, composer and lyricist René Berthiaume spent almost four years working on the new creation. The outcome is a very emotional and above all very personal album, that leads back to the roots of the band, without neglecting the bombast of the previous two records. Melodic Metal, powerful yet playful, heavy but emotional, inspired but independent.2 CD digipack comes with a second CD containing the instrumental version of the album and one bonus track on the first CD
The Portugese Epic/Folk Metallers GWYDION release the new album "VETERAN" at November 22, 2013.Vocalist Rúben Almeida about "VETERAN": "Fans will experience a slightly different musical-style, as the music is much more epic and "metal" than folk compared to the previous release. Since the beginning of the band, we had a very influential epic component in the songs, so naturally when we created this new album, we decided to have a strong mixture of heavy metal riffs and epic/folk songs. The new album is a story of a warrior since his birth through his training, conquests and defeats with relevance to the History of Portugal."