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Metal / Re: Folk Metal
« Last post by vOddy on April 22, 2016, 11:16:26 PM »
Thank you, Tree. I'll give serious attempt to your recommendations.
I haven't heard Baltic folk music yet, only Scandinavian folk music, and a tiny bit of Celtic music.

Vikingligr Veldi is great black metal. I agree with you on that. I haven't heard Graveland, and I should probably listen to more Bathory...

Lunar Strain has some melodies which would be at home in a Scandinavian folk piece. One track on the album, "Hårgalåten", is literally an old folk tune from Sweden.

You mentioned the problems with In Flames yourself, and I agree. Lunar Strain is their best / least bad album, probably.
If they had gotten better instead of worse after it, maybe they could have been a good band.

Metal / Re: TIRANIA - Melodic Death Metal (Croatia)
« Last post by tirania on April 21, 2016, 08:42:49 AM »
Metal / Re: If you still read or use these forums post here
« Last post by TheDarkMagus on April 21, 2016, 04:35:32 AM »
Metal / Re: Folk Metal
« Last post by Tree on April 21, 2016, 12:57:53 AM »
Some styles of metal would probably not work well with folk music. Heavy metal and black metal seem like the best candidates to me. I think that an attempt to musically speak about the things that metal and folk music can have in common would result in the metallic parts resembling either heavy metal or black metal.

I agree that heavy metal and black metal are the best templates for folk metal, though I cannot elaborate why. Perhaps because the former is the most "righteous" and provides the most room to accommodate folk melody, while the latter is the proudest and fiercest.

Are there any folk metal bands that you think are good? Let me know why you like a band that you like. And if no band appeals to you, dissect a shitty one and explain why it's bad.

I would point to Bathory - Hammerheart, Enslaved - Vikingligr Veldi, and Graveland - Thousand Swords as early successes of metal with a folkish spirit. Bathory is more anthemic, Enslaved more introspective and mystical, and Graveland more martial and hateful, but the three have a common "folk-like" feeling that I have trouble describing in words at the moment. Maybe it's the sense of prideful righteousness and triumph in the music. Maybe it's the larger-than-life feeling that they convey, suggesting that oft-overused word "epic." Maybe it's that certain bounciness or even danceable quality in some of the rhythms. Hammerheart is worth special mention because I think that it had a lot of influence on many bands that followed.

Storm and Otyg had a style that appeals to me on paper, and it sounds nice, but it doesn't actually hold my interest for some reason. On the other hand, I find Isengard - Høstmørke very captivating (particularly the first half of the album). It is so...righteous, for lack of a better word, and almost danceable, and I really enjoy Fenriz's prideful singing (Wongraven - Fjelltronen has that singing style too, but that is pure folk music).

The Baltic countries spawned a couple of excellent albums from musicians who felt the metal spirit kindled in their breast, namely Skyforger - Zobena Dziesma and Zpoan Vtenz - Gimę Nugalėt, but these albums are more or less pure folk music. Traditional folk music has a strong presence in Baltic cultures, so it is not surprising that these musicians, who probably grew up reciting old folk tunes, excelled in this area. The Skyforger album is incredibly inspiring and uplifting with its sense of nobility, honour, loyalty, courage, and general manliness, and for me it has a timeless quality. The Zpoan Vtenz album is very emotionally deep, and as a result it can be too gloomy for me, but maybe I am misinterpreting the tone of the music. For metal compositions by these musicians, I would suggest investigating Skyforger - Kauja Pie Saules, which though secondary to Zobena Dziesma is still of high quality, and maybe Ha Lela - Pabudimas and early Obtest (I am not very familiar with these last two).

Some resources for exploring traditional Baltic folk music:
Latvian folk music radio station: www.radiooira.lv
Baltic folk YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/KaukusPameskiet

In Flames - Lunar Strain is quite folky sounding, and I find it somewhat endearing, but I am a younger fellow who came to metal through melodeath, so I am pretty forgiving with this kind of stuff. I can understand if this music makes more veteran Hessians want to vomit. Admittedly, the songs don't go anywhere and the music is definitely too sweet sometimes, and those qualities are problematic in a metal context, so I think that this album should have been written as folk music instead. The choice seems logical, given that acoustic guitars and violins are already present.

Concerning the more mainstream variety of modern folk metal, I find most of it to be formulaic, rock-based, excessively saccharine, and shallow in content (as opposed to deep / heavy), with the folk elements feeling like insincere appendages that provide little more than novelty. For how "epic" the artists try to sound, the music is compositionally unadventurous and awfully cheesy. Regarding cheesiness, personally I do not have a problem with jolly or jubilant music, but it has its place. Upbeat or "happy" sections must be employed tactfully, especially in metal music. Furthermore, the music loses its credibility as soon as it loses its seriousness (music can be jolly without being a joke).

One modern band that stands above most folk metal groups is Moonsorrow. My opinion of them has waned, but some of their qualities that appealed and still appeal to me are: Their music has a large presence both in the moment and in terms of the scope / breadth of compositions; the songs are focused (they hold together as single visions); the songs flow smoothly; the music sounds wintry and possesses a certain elegance; and the tone is triumphant / victorious / euphoric / celebratory (though some of their music is dark). There are some legitimate criticisms of their music:
1. The music is too upbeat and cheesy. This is a common complaint about the genre, and if most folk metal bothers you for that reason, then the first three Moonsorrow albums will probably bother you too (though personally I do not find their music offensive, unlike that of many of their peers).
2. The music resembles rock in a bad way sometimes, in the sense that the "big" sound can end up resembling stadium rock.
3. The songs develop too slowly and never go anywhere in particular / never reach proper climaxes. Some people have described Moonsorrow as boring because of this. As trystero commented in another thread, "They drag on for far too long about not much at all. The aesthetic is very pleasant, some of the riffs are nice. It makes good background music."
4. The lyrics are too vague to be evocative, but this could be an issue of translation into English.

Notwithstanding these criticisms, I think that Moonsorrow is compositionally far superior and heavier in content than most of today's "folk metal." Grouping them with Ensiferum, Korpiklaani, etc. is a mistake, because they are in a different league. Sure, Moonsorrow is on tour with Korpiklaani right now, but as stated in this interview, "As far as the bands we like to tour with, the actual music doesn’t matter as much as the people. Because, we have to be on the same bus for a month so we really have to get along (laughs). [Korpiklaani] are an ideal partner because they are different music from us, but we feel it is the other side of the same coin. We do have some of the audience in common. I like their live shows; I’m not saying I like their music on the album, but we like their live shows."

Moonsorrow's formula is a heavy metal one, though their personal taste for black metal is occasionally evident. Their first album, Suden Uni, suffered from some goofiness and inconsistencies in tone and lacked a strong sense of individuality, but I would argue that they probably mastered the modern folk metal style on their second album Voimasta ja kunniasta, meaning that that is the most that can be accomplished with the style. After that, Moonsorrow made their most overtly rock album with Kivenkantaja. They then returned to more of a heavy metal style, but they explored territory that ostensibly separated them from their peers; their music became darker and very compositionally ambitious. Some Moonsorrow songs to try are "Sankarihauta" or "Kylän päässä" from Voimasta ja kunniasta (though if you are wont to think that folk metal is cheesy, these songs will not change your mind), "Raunioilla" or "Unohduksen Lapsi" from Kivenkantaja, and "Karhunkynsi" and "Muinaiset" from their newer style.

Moonsorrow, Skyforger, and Fenriz have all expressed, or at least implied, dissatisfaction with the state of folk metal today and that folk metal was better before it actually existed / solidified as a genre, back when only a few bands were attempting such a style.

One tangential style of music worth mentioning is the "dark folk" employed on albums like Empyrium - Where at Night the Wood Grouse Plays and Weiland, Tenhi - Kauan, and Vàli - Forlatt. This is a nocturnal, pensive, slightly sorrowful, mostly instrumental type of acoustic music that is likely to appeal to metal fans with its romantic spirit and evocations of the natural world. It provides an outlet for some emotions that would be inappropriate in a metal context, its subtle catharsis and soothing effect working beneath the soft sounds.

Is folk metal as a style capable of producing great music, or is it a flawed genre?

In general, folk music and metal exist for different reasons, express different truths (or different aspects of the truth), and serve different purposes, so they are best kept separate. Folk metal is a hybrid creation that can never fill both roles. That being said, great folk metal is possible (see examples above), but it is a flawed genre as long as metal musicians relegate themselves to darkness and evil and alienate themselves from the notion of goodness in humanity. This is why folk metal tends to proliferate in regions where senses of traditional culture, national pride, and loyalty to one's family and one's people are strong (e.g., the Baltic countries, Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, etc.): Traditional folk music is an expression of jollity and purity of spirit, and of beauty of culture, and therefore it is an expression of light. Therefore, metal has to move beyond the darkness in order to incorporate that light. Yet this is not really moving "beyond" so much as moving "back," or rediscovering an ancient expression of truth. Or maybe it's both at once.

Note: Edited Moonsorrow section on 22/04/16.
Metal / Re: If you still read or use these forums post here
« Last post by vOddy on April 18, 2016, 12:07:54 PM »
These forums are lifeless.
Every year, there are more quality metal albums created than threads in this forum.
Metal / 10 French death metal bands you don't know
« Last post by gabalgabow on April 17, 2016, 07:44:11 AM »
10 French death metal bands you probably don't know

Did this youtube vid to gather some stuffs:


1. CARMINA - Rouge sang
2. VEHEMENS - Ynnsiriedth
3. VACARME - Unconceivable brutality
4. SAIGNEUR - Hedonist Lucifer
5. SOUL REJECTED - Your resurection shall be mine
6. TRAUMASPHERE - Eradicated
7. IN CAUDA VENENUM - l'armière
9. CIRRHOSIS - No blast's land
10. ANOREXIA - Under the scarification
« Last post by gabalgabow on April 15, 2016, 06:27:11 PM »
Last distro news:

BURSTIN OUT (Ger) Hell commands... MCD. Speed thrash black

CRAWL (Swe) Worship death Demo tape. Swedish death metal. (Thailand rerelease)

CRUCIAMENTUM (Uk) Engulfed in desolation MCD. Death metal

DEATHSPAWN VOIDBRINGER (Chile) Beholding the twisted deity Demo tape. Old styled thrashing death

DOOM FORMATION (Usa) Definition of evil MCD. Old death metal (Rerelease of demo from 1995)

INVINCIBLE FORCE (Chile) Satan rebellion metal Tape. Thrash metal

MASS BURIAL (Spa) Soul's necrosis CD. Old school death/ Swedish death

MORTIFY (Chile) Sadistic carnage Demo tape. Old school death

MUTILATION (Malaysia) Massacre on bodies Demo tape. Old death metal (Demo from 1990. Rerelease)

OBSCURE BURIAL (Fin) Epiphany Demo tape. Black death

OBSCYRIA (Swe) Nefarious sanctuary CD. Old school thrash

ORACULUM (Chile) Sorcery of the damned MCD. Obscure death/ Death black

PHOBONOID (Ita) Phobonoid Tape. Black doom

VALGRIND (Ita) Speech of the flame CD. Old school death

VAULT (Malaysia) War fucking war Tape. Old school thrash

VENOMOUS BREATH (Bra) Et viscera sanguis CD. Old school death

« Last post by gabalgabow on April 14, 2016, 06:22:03 PM »
Here’s a new Youtube compilation, with older bands.



Dive into the unknown…
« Last post by lelahel on April 13, 2016, 08:23:27 PM »
Death metal trio Lelahell seek funds for upcoming record release

ALGIERS, Algeria— Ambitious Algerian up-and-coming metallers Lelahell announced today the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to support their upcoming record.
   Lelahell announced today they will seek donations through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. This move follows in the footsteps of a growing trend of metal-genre bands and musicians across the globe who are turning to crowdfunding to support the financial burden of equipment, recording and touring. The band consider this the first crowdfunding campaign hosted by an Algerian metal band.
The majority of funds needed are intended to help cover the costs of album artwork, production of the album, production of a music video and band merchandise. In exchange for donating to the campaign, contributors can receive Lelahell merchandise, including T-shirts, posters, stickers, pins and other collateral.
 The trio’s new album, “Alif,” is slated as the group’s second full-length album and third release since the band’s formation in 2010. Lelahell are set to record at Hertz Studio in Poland under the guidance of well-known producers the Wiesławscy brothers.
In Arabic, alif is the first letter in the alphabet, and it is used in Arabic calligraphy to determine the size of the following characters. Lelahell say they chose the title as this album “will be the main musical reference of the next upcoming releases.”
Fans and metal supporters can contribute to the crowdfunding effort by visiting http://igg.me/at/lelahell. This campaign will start the 4th april and will end the 15th may 2016
To thank you for your support, Lelahell  have exclusive t-shirts,  hoodies, signed posters and Cds and more….
In addition to the more traditional merchandise, The band will be offering exclusive signed Redouane Aouameur 8 strings guitar made by Siggi Braun, RG electronics Lelahell BB Preamp Pedal, guest performances on your band’s album, a guest performance on their new album and a private concert for you whenever you are in the globe.
About Lelahell
Founded in 2010 by metal veteran Redouane Aouameur, Lelahell are an Algerian death metal band hailing from Algiers. The trio comprises of Lelahel (guitars, vocals), Ramzy Curse (bass) and Slaveblaster (drums). Lelahell have released one EP, “Al Intihar” (Goressimo Records, 2012), and one full alubum, “Al Insane… The (Re)birth of Abderrahmane” (HPGDP, 2014). The band also launched a documentary in 2016 titled “Highway to Lelahell- An Algerian metal Documentary,” available for streaming on YouTube, presenting viewers with a solid history lesson on Algeria’s metal scene. The band have also embarked on three European tours, and also participated in festivals in Europe.
Check out the link below, and do something good for an awesome international act that's seeking some help from the global metal community! \m/
« Last post by gabalgabow on April 09, 2016, 06:51:09 AM »

Lately the webzine was updated with:

DISFUNERAL: Old school death with crust influences, new french band formed from the ashes of HERPES...

-DEBONED (Can) Review
-DUSK (Pakistan) Review
-FALLEN ANGEL (Usa) Review
-PHRENELITH (Den) Review
-SLUGGARD (Australia) Review
-CHRONICLES (Nor) Zine review


To promote metal fanzines in "unusual" places, I did video introductions;




I also did a playlist to gather metal fanzines videos:


OSSUAIRE (Fra) MCD out now!
Initially released as a MCD in 2005, sold out since a long time, the first recording of OSSUAIRE is now available again as a MCD, with reworked artwork.

Expect four songs of old school Death metal with ferocious moments, heavier war patterns, obscure atmospheres, and lyrics depicting the horrors and atrocities from the medieval times.


Available against 3,40 Euros + postage from this shop:

More infos:
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