Oakenshield – Legacy

To continue right along with the recent pattern of folk/viking metal reviews, I now come across Oakenshield from West Yorkshire, England. This is a one man project led by Ben Corkhill. Legacy, from Einheit Productionen, is the second album from Oakenshield who on first listen has some of the same musical attributes as Falkenbach. Legacy opens … [Read more...]

Forefather – Last of the Line

Self-described as "Anglo-Saxon Metal" from the UK, Forefather present a refreshing, stripped-down take on the viking/folk metal genre.  Brothers Wulfstan and Athelstan have purposely tried to distance themselves from the stereotypes that go along with the black metal label and it would appear they have succeeded in this quest.  Last of the Line on … [Read more...]

Einvera – In Your Image

A band that merges genres and still cannot be classified is always intriguing and often fun. The resulting sound usually doesn't matter as they invariably have, whether by instinct or design, created music that makes one think and feel something.  Los Angeles-based Einvera are one prime example, their fusion of black and death metal with melodic, … [Read more...]

SuidAkrA – Book Of Dowth

Nine albums in 14 years is no mean feat by anyone’s standards, especially when strong consistency has lined every release as well as being some of the best folk metal heard. Now the creators SuidAkrA have set loose their tenth and arguably best album Book Of Dowth. Since their formation in 1994 the German Celt Metallers have delivered some great … [Read more...]