Looks like George Lynch and Co. (Dokken) took the poll last week with %100 of the votes. Good choice guys!
Ahhh, folk metal. An idea that looks insane on paper. Mix folk instruments and melodies with intense and brash metal music, umm, yeah, sure. But when put into practice folk metal is one of the most unorthodox and fun sub-genres of metal. The melodies meld great with the crushing guitars, the diverse set of instruments add a new level of dynamic, and the often common themes of history, battles, and Lord of the Rings kinda stuff fits in perfectly with many of metal’s lyrical themes.
Here are 4 very diverse folk metal bands to go head to head for the Metal State of Mind Folk Metal Battle Trophy™. Give a listen to the songs, which I picked as my favorite from each band, but other songs you may know of can also hold sway (ie. vote for the band, not the song ;) ), and then cast your vote. Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!!!
These Finnish booze hounds are the most cheerful of all the different folk metal bands out there. That happy energy really shows in their songs as they sing about drinking booze, being a farmer, and winning battles. Their music is almost always as playful as it is heavy and if it doesn’t put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step, well, you just need to lighten up a bit.
I also find it amazing that as much as the band seems to be always liquored up they are able to maintain a nearly annual album release schedule where each record is consistently a solid listen.
While the band themselves don’t acknowledge the folk metal label preferring to call themselves ‘heathen metal’, their music is still laden with a diverse set of folk melodies, themes, and sounds and instruments. Their music has some in common with later era Bathory where he went and pretty much created Viking metal, but they take that concept and run a million more miles with it creating some of the best music that the whole realm of metal has to offer. Moonsorrow is also one of the few metal bands that can write multiple songs that surpass the 30 minute mark and keep me completely engaged from start to finish.
Probably the most popular of all the folk metal bands, Eluveitie take the Gothenburg sound and add a diverse line-up of folk instruments to it, including the goofy sounding and looking hurdy gurdy. One thing the band does that I find quite unique and interesting is they often use the Gaulish language (a dead Celtic language) in their song which ties right in with their themes which revolve around the Gauls and the Gaulish War. I also appreciate the fact that they keep their music diverse and not focus on the heavy 24/7 by adding beautiful and mellow sections and interludes to their albums. They even released an ‘acoustic’ album that is well worth checking out.
If a bunch of trolls were to start up a metal band they’d sound like Finntroll. While very aggressive and brutal the music is also delightfully playful and mischievous, just like trolls. From album to album Finntroll just keeps getting better and better with their latest, Nifelvind, being one the best folk metal albums ever released. It’s also worth noting that founding member and keyboardist Henri Sorvali is also the founding member and guitarist of Moonsorrow. He’s some kind of folk metal genius.
The Finnish booze happy folk metal band have a new video out in support of their upcoming record Manala which hits stores on Aug. 8, 2012. “Rauta” has a nice bass driven beat and groove to it perfect for a night of grog swilling pub dancing. Check it out, it’s as fun as a barrel of drunken monkeys. There is also the English language version of the song called “Steel” which has been released to promote the collectors edition of the album which will come included with a CD with all the songs translated into English. Personally, I dig the Finnish version a whole lot better. It just has such better flow. Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Getting ready to release their 8th studio album since 2003 Finnish folk metal machine Korpiklaani have released a taste of their upcoming L.P., Kunnia (Honor), in the form of their first single from the album. Check out the song “Metsälle” (“For Hunting”). As with the vast majority of the forest clans music, I totally dig this track. It seems much more mature than many of their singles, but I’m sure we’ll also get some good ol’ beer swilling party songs on the album. The album is scheduled to be released this summer. Enjoy! Rauha Rakkaus ja Metalli!!!!!
If heavy metal had a Mecca right now I would say it is Finland. The cold country seems to be the breeding ground of a myriad of high quality metal bands spanning through many genres. I don’t know what the Finns are drinking (maybe some of that ceremonial thunder brew that was the inspiration for Korpiklaani‘s latest album Ukon Wacka), but if there is one thing that they can do, it’s write some of the best metal that the world has to offer. According to many statistics, Finland has the most metal bands per person with for every 4 people there’s 1 metal band. That’s a lot of metal.
This updated repost of a Music Video Mania I did last year will be the first part of a 2 part series. Next week I will take a look and give my opinion as to why Finland has so much great metal going on in the country. If any Finnish readers (or any readers) would like to give their opinion why Finland is so rich with metal, I’d really love to hear it!!! Enjoy the videos!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Hey all!!! Hope everyone had an awesome holiday season and kick off to the New Year. Now that we are at the start of 2012 I think it’s fair that we release our personal Top 15 Albums of 2011. Making this years list was quite a difficult charge. I’ve been seeing around on the internets that many were disappointed in 2011… Myself, this was one of the best years in metal, ever, making the narrowing down of the best around a bit tricky. There were great follow-ups, amazing breakthrough albums, and some wonderful debut albums. I also discovered many new bands to listen to this year with a good handful cracking my Top 15. If anyone is complaining that “new music sucks”, well they aren’t listening. There is an innumerable amount of great stuff to check out, you just have to have an open mind and give anything that catches your ear a listen (or eye if the album has great artwork). If you do a little searching for your tunes every year will be the best year in music for you(and with the internet finding awesome tunes is so much easier and cheaper than before, until you start finding music you love and going on some shopping sprees :) ). Positive thinking and law of attraction and all that stuff.
When making my list the criteria I used was how often I listened to each album, initial impact and how long that first impression lasted, and how well the album grew on me. I hope you all enjoy my picks and hopefully find some cool new music to listen to. And if you look at my list and think of a band that would be right up my alley, let me know!! And let us know what some of your favorite albums were for 2011. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
It’s been about a year since Korpiklaani released Ukon Wacka so that means it’s time for the Finns to be releasing another album upon us folk metal loving fans. The song below, “Metsälle”, was entered into the Eurovision song contest, but unfortunately didn’t win a spot in the contest, but it was lauded as one of the best entries that didn’t make it. This song will also appear on their upcoming album. Check it out. You can also download the single on Itunes, Amazon, and other digital media outlets. Peace Love and Metal!!!
I don’t know how these guys do it. These Finnish party animals have been releasing quality album after quality album on a near yearly basis since their first album hit in 2003. With their latest release Ukon Wacka hitting store shelves under a year ago, Korpiklaani, have headed into their studio in Finland to start recording a new album. The title of the album is still under discussion but we can expect another fun filled album to be in our hands sometime in 2012. This time the album will take much inspiration from the Finnish national epic The Kalevala. One of the songs set to be released on the upcoming album, “Metsälle” (“Off to the Hunt”), was entered to compete for a spot in the popular Eurovision music competition. Unfortunately it wasn’t selected, but I was honored as one of the best that didn’t make it. You can hear a taste of it in the small demo version posted below.
I’m sure you’re all too familiar with the stereotype that all metal is dark and angry and that people who avidly listen to the metal are the same. Well, as you all know, that is not the case with most metal heads. Of course there are those who fit perfectly into that stereotype, but more often than not, that’s not the case. Like mostly everyone else in the world we like to laugh, smile, and be merry, we’re a happy people.
It’s true that a lot of metal albums are full of anger and sorrow, and that’s cool. A lot of music portrays anger and sorrow, even in pop and jazz music, but the extreme nature of metal intensifies it. It’s normal to enjoy songs about the stated feelings, just about everyone does. But like any good thing, moderation, moderation, moderation. And moderation does exist in metal. Not all metal has to do with anger and hate, the vast majority of the songs deal with various other subjects including love and happiness. So, if the extreme nature of metal can intensify the anger and hate emotions, inversely it can intensify happiness and joy. So today I bring you a nice little list of metal bands, albums, and songs that make me a Happy Metal Guy™. I hope that this list puts a smile on your face and makes you merry(and maybe even introduces you to some new music). This list is just the tip of the iceberg on metal songs that could make someone happy, what are your favorite Happy Metal bands, albums, and songs? Peace Love and Metal!!!!!
It’s now July 2011 and we have hit the halfway point in the year. So far there have been tons of outstanding metal releases and there will be some upcoming releases to hit in the second half of the year(September is going to be one hell of a month). I’d like to present you with my top 10 favorite albums to be released so far in 2011. Let’s see how many maintain their hold till the end of the year. A few I haven’t gotten around to reviewing but be sure that will eventually pop up soon. And as always, what were your favorite albums for the first half of 2011. Peace Love and Metal!!!!
If there’s one thing that’s not lacking in the world of metal is music videos. More often than not these videos don’t get much of a budget from the record companies, so the bands need to cut corners and really use their imagination to make a video to promote themselves. Sometimes the band is aware that the video is going to be ridiculous, and often they are completely oblivious making the video even more hilarious. Here’s a collection of some of the most hilariously awesome metal videos, intentional or not. Check them out and have a good laugh. If you know of some other awesomely awful metal videos leave them in the comments and I’ll add them to the post. Peace Love and Metal!!!!