Tuesday, December 2, 2008

FOLKEARTH - Father of Victory CD review

FOLKEARTH - Father of Victory CD
Stygian Crypt Productions

I've never been a fan of American Folk music. So I just can't explain why I have developed such an interest in Folk Metal especially the Pagan variety performed by Scandinavian as well as Central and Eastern European bands. My only explanation is that the music is good. It has this earthy ebb and flow which tugs at your psyche. The historical significance is enough to blow one's mind if you realize that the lore behind the music is sometimes over a thousand years old. The music has roots that are planted deeper than anything other Metal musical genres can provide the listener. Plus the compositions carry more diverse human experiences which can be related to with ease by almost anyone. That's my guess to why this genre has exploded with popularity amongst fans of Metal. And I'm not talking about the fair-weather types who jump around from whatever is popular at the moment to the next. I'm talking about people who actually "LIKE" music and can appreciate the significance and impact it has on our culture and those of the past.

Which brings us to FOLKEARTH who are fairly unique within the whole Pagan/Folk Metal genre. Their story starts back in 2004 when a bunch of musicians from various countries, who were already into Pagan/Folk Metal, banded together to create something even more magnificent. Since they really didn't have one country to be strictly from they chose the name FOLKEARTH. I first got into them after hearing their By the Sword of My Father release and have been a fan ever since. Father of Victory is the fourth full length from this international supergroup. And as before this is some of the best Pagan Folk/Viking Metal to be heard south of Asgard. What makes FOLKEARTH as well as plenty of other great Pagan/Folk Metal bands so brilliant is their ability to balance the two elements of Folk and Metal within the songs. They way they add in the flute or violin parts whether it's role is prominent or support. Also with FOLKEARTH the male/female vocals are not an overdone cliche as with many bands. Finally there's a good division between the harder edged cuts and softer numbers. Yeah I know the term soft might not go well with Extreme people.


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