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Neofolk that doesn't suck

Neofolk that doesn't suck
April 30, 2009, 11:47:18 PM
Disillusioned with metal, I've been on a neofolk and martial industrial binge last year, looking for inspiration (then springtime and Beherit came, but that's another story).
Most of the people here probably know that neofolk basically sucks and usually serves as an "alternative" version of mainstream popular music - equally boring, but the lyrical "message" sounds cool and rebellious. It's quite surprising that the most popular neofolk acts are absolutely tedious, while there's quite a lot of interesting stuff going on in the underground. After all, Burzum, Immortal or Darkthrone are household names in the black metal community - while neofolkers clinge to crap like Death in June.

Enough whining, let's get to the recommendations.

Neun Welten
http://www.myspace.com/neunwelten

Instrumental violin+guitar. It's not Andres Segovia, but the general idea seems somehow similar.

Changes
http://www.myspace.com/changesfolknoir

These guys - who served in a local militia instead of living a hippie life in the 60s - are apparently Rolling Stones contemporaries who restarted their career in the early 90s. The bad part is that you can hear their best songs on their MyAIDS site, so don't bother with the rest of their ouevre.

Triarii
http://www.myspace.com/triariiheadquarters

This is positively great "fascist propaganda". Brass, snares and kettle drums bordering on kitsch - organised into short epics which relate to the experience of European interwar conservative revolutionaries. It's very metal once you notice that Triarii steals from Bruckner like Burzum does.

Pantheon Legio Musica
http://www.myspace.com/pantheonhq

Majestic romantic Roman music translated into a popular format. Lord Wind and late DCD fans will probably enjoy it.

Any more ideas?

Re: Neofolk that doesn't suck
May 01, 2009, 06:37:55 PM
Neofolk imo is a genre (hate that word) plagued by quantity over quality, I like early Death In June and Sol Invictus material. Burial, Brown Book, Against The Modern World and so forth.

Most of it is negligible though.

Ahh, reading comprehension on my part, you think dij is crap, ok, Forseti has some decent songs, despite his suspicious monotheistic attitude :D and so does Sonne Hagal, if you understand German that is.








Re: Neofolk that doesn't suck
May 01, 2009, 08:30:48 PM
^it's a deficient mode of expression, don't look for albums per se, but brief glimpses of musical awesomness haha

Imo:

Death In June, Death Of The West, She Said Destroy, To Drown A Rose
Sol Invictus : All Praise Death
Forseti : Wind, Sturmgeweitht
Sonne Hagal, Ragrnarök

Corny but fun.


Re: Neofolk that doesn't suck
May 01, 2009, 09:31:47 PM
Odroerir is folk metal that doesn't suck.

Re: Neofolk that doesn't suck
May 01, 2009, 11:36:18 PM
What exactly is neofolk? Folk music as I understand it is concerned with communicating what it is like to live in a certain localized culture ... then neofolk is, what? The same, using modern instruments? These bands are certainly a lot more gloomy and tragic than folk.

Re: Neofolk that doesn't suck
May 01, 2009, 11:45:01 PM
What exactly is neofolk? Folk music as I understand it is concerned with communicating what it is like to live in a certain localized culture ... then neofolk is, what? The same, using modern instruments? These bands are certainly a lot more gloomy and tragic than folk.

Post-post-punk kids turned occultists/heathens with acoustic instruments.  Yes, it is contrived.

Re: Neofolk that doesn't suck
May 02, 2009, 01:17:04 AM
plagued by quantity over quality

very interesting... I will add to the list Rome, Arditi, Puissance,DAF(Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft) and perhaps H.E.R.R (Heiliges Europe Römisches Reich) although they are enough Romanesque Apostolic Christians.


Re: Neofolk that doesn't suck
May 05, 2009, 02:31:41 AM
I used to have a thing for Falkenbach. I'm not sure if they'd be considered Neofolk, they certainly do have a folk aspect.
I'd say they're a cross between Neofolk and Black Metal. Check them out if that sparks your interest.

http://www.myspace.com/falkenbachband

Re: Neofolk that doesn't suck
May 05, 2009, 05:45:00 AM
More like a Bathory tribute if you ask me, but I liked "En Their Medh Riki Fara" quite a lot. Sadly the further albums sound like it's the same songs over and over again.