Category: Folk Metal

Primordial – To the Nameless Dead

What of those that have died in battles past? What of the various European tribes that stood against the Romans? What of those that died in the kingdoms of Charlemagne? What of those who died for the various Germanic kingdoms prior to the unification of Germany? Are all of their deaths now in vain as Europe seems headed towards some type of economic and political unification? (more…)

Negură Bunget – Vîrstele Pamîntului

In 2009, three of the members of Negură Bunget left the band due to irreconcilable differences, later forming Dordeduh, leaving just drummer Negru to carry on with the Negură Bunget name. After filling out the band, Vîrstele Pamîntului was released in 2010. (more…)


Eluveitie – Origins

Switzerland’s folk-metallers Eluveitie have returned with another album under the Nuclear Blast record label. Origins continue with the folk metal with a strong Swedish melodic death metal foundation that Eluveitie has refined over the course of their careers. There is a running joke that bands on the Nuclear Blast label decline to mediocrity upon their signing. Although, I would disagree that Eluveitie’s music is mediocre, but they have strayed little from their formula over the course of the past few albums. (more…)


Ilbeltz – Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian 1598 (Potrobizargorri I)


Ilbeltz is the project of Ibai Mendinueta, who is also the keyboardist and accordionist for fellow Basque folk black metal band, Aiumeen Basoa. Ilbeltz plays a style of folk black metal, mixed with other metal styles, but, this, their only full-length album, Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian 1598 (Potrobizargorri I), leans very heavily on the folk side. This album tells the story of a Basque pirate named Potrobizargorri. Plenty of Basque folk instruments and melodies can be expected on this release, with its plethora of Basque flutes, violins, and alboka, which is a Basque woodwind instrument, among other instruments. The Basques are a unique people, from northern Spain and southern France in (more…)


Aiumeen Basoa – Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik

I do not listen to very much black metal, but over the past few years, I had stumbled upon folk-influenced black metal bands, like Negura Bunget. I then looked for metal bands from the Basque region of Spain, where my family is from. Aiumeen Basoa hails from the Basque Country in northern Spain. They play folk-influenced black metal replete with Basque and European folk instruments. The black metal style vocals are entirely in the Basque language. The Basque language is one of the oldest languages in the world and has no other known linguistic relative, so the atmosphere of this album is unique. Lyrically the album deals with Basque mythology and folk tales. Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik (more…)

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