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Metal / Re: Folk "metal" without the rock
« on: November 21, 2007, 09:19:31 PM »
Thanks for your input.

So far, Skyforger (which I've already known) roughly meets the specifications, though I find it hilarious how they managed to record an album which is both powerful and audibly amateurish after having produced 2-3 releases consisting mostly of, erm, middle-of-the-road power/folk metal with BM aesthetics.
As for Falkenbach: the ice cream analogy applies here. It's pleasant drinking music, but essentially devoid of much substance. Pick this if you don't want to do some polka dancing to Finntroll.

It seems that the following could be an interesting avenue for all black/folk/viking metal bands that don't want to suck: dig deeper into world music, destandardize instrumentation, lose the compulsion to keep a metal aesthetic, and just keep an "only death is real" plaque in the studio. An invigorating alternative to "3-chord acoustic guitar around campfire" neofolk and Hedningarna clones.

Metal / Folk "metal" without the rock
« on: November 19, 2007, 12:28:07 AM »
I've been wondering whether anyone here could recommend some folk bands/releases which keep in line with the "adventurous" outlook of metal while keeping the usual rock stylings out. Obviously, I don't mean Finntroll, Windir or anything else from the viking metal heap - more like Lisa Gerrard interpreting Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson.
To shed some more light on the matter: the only songs from Storm's "Nordavind" album that outlasted the initial hype were the minimalist vocal tracks; Isengard's "Hostmorke" managed to age in a more handsome fashion, but still, "Landet og Havet" stands out as the shortest, yet most evocative song on that release.
The ambience of Jan Garbarek & Agnes Buen Garnas comes to mind, but aside from that... I'm in the dark here. Any ideas?

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