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Folk Metal

by Franco Cerchiari – Senior Columnist — Gorgeous, dramatic, melodic, galloping, loud, bombastic, and ripe with the sounds of Power, Celtic, Progressive, Folk and Heavy Metal is Orden Ogan’s latest, Gunmen, released under the AFM Records label. And oh my god is this one astonishing [...]
by Justin Gaines – Sr. Columnist — After releasing eight studio albums in their 15+ year career, Italian Folk/Power Metal band Elvenking has finally delivered their first-ever live album, titled The Night of Nights – Live. Now, this being the DVD era and Elvenking being signed to [...]
by Joe Mis – Senior Columnist — King of Kings marks the triumphant return of Leaves’ Eyes to the pinnacle of the Symphonic Metal world. After adopting somewhat of a softer and more varied sound on their prior release Symphonies of the Night, King Of Kings cranks the power and [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist — German Gothic/Folk Metal band Lyriel is back with a new album, their fifth overall, titled Skin and Bones. In a very crowded “female fronted metal” pack (and yes, that’s a terrible term but it does fit), Lyriel has always stood out just a bit, [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — It’s always good to see a band that has lost their way return to making great albums. After a pair of disappointing releases (2008’s Two Tragedy Poets and 2010’s Red Silent Tides), Italian power/folk metal band Elvenking turned [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — When you think of hotspots for pagan and folk metal bands, Arizona probably doesn’t spring to mind. It’s not exactly prime territory for landing Viking long-ships after all. Hell, America in general doesn’t have the same kind of [...]
by Justin Gaines – Senior Columnist/News Editor — After releasing a pair of mind-blowing concept albums (2004’s Mabool and 2010’s Never Ending Way of Orwarrior), Israeli progressive/death/symphonic/folk metal band Orphaned Land decided to try a different approach with their [...]
by Trevor Portz – Columnist — Loved my many, thought too cheesy to enjoy by others, the tribe that is Ensiferum has been putting out folk-infused power metal for over a decade. They survived, and thrived, after front-man Jari Mäenpää left to pursue the brilliant Wintersun and, in [...]
by Trevor Portz – Columnist — Another year, another Korpiklaani album… it would seem the masters of Finnish polka metal are intent on keeping a rigorous album release schedule rarely seen these days. If you look through the Hardrock Haven review archives, you’ll see a very positive [...]
by Trevor Portz Staff Writer — After a four-year wait between Solens Rötter and Jordpuls, the members of Vintersorg—Andreas Hedlund and Mattias Marklund—have returned to a regular, annual album release schedule. Orkan, Swedish for “hurricane,” picks up where its predecessor left off, [...]