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    So I was watching this video on Youtube where a musican demonstrates various different styles of metal music and 'folk metal' pops up at about 1 minute in: link.

    Googling 'folk metal' gives me this page on Last.fm and I've been listening to a few - does anybody have any further suggestions on good 'folk metal' bands?

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    I don't know Folk Metal groups that sing in English; but I love Mägo de Oz (a Spaniard band), here is a link to one of my favourite songs from them "La Cruz de Santiago"
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    Heidevolk. Now and forever. Some of their best songs are Het Bier Zal Weer Vloeien, Wodan Heerst, Vulgaris Magistralis, Saksenland, and Nehalennia. Saskenland is probably my favorite of those.

    I also feel that Lumsk deserves mention since I didn't see it on that list. Their Åsmund Frægdegjevar was a really good listen. I Lytinne Tvĺ being my favorite off that CD. Followed closely by Ormin lange.
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    While In Flames might not be playing folk metal, some of their earlier albums do have songs that remind of it. Check out Moonshield, Dialogue with the stars, and for some actual folk Pallar Anders Visa and (with some metal in it) Hårgalåten. Here's how Hårgalåten sounds sung more traditional folk style.
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    And while it's not exactly Folk Metal, it is a cover. Van Canto's Bard's Tale is simply awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusk Eclipse View Post
    I don't know Folk Metal groups that sing in English;
    Lack of English isn't an issue, so feel free to recommend anything you think is good.

    Most of the music I have is either instrumental or in a language that I don't speak fluently (or at all).


    Thanks for the links people, keep them coming.

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    Another one that popped into my head, not sure how much Folk Metal they are but Falconer is pretty epic. Clarion Call and Portals of Light both rater good songs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tebryn View Post
    Another one that popped into my head, not sure how much Folk Metal they are but Falconer is pretty epic. Clarion Call and Portals of Light both rater good songs
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    And I can't believe that I forgot about those two. Especially Falconer, which I listened to a lot a couple of years ago. Trollhammaren is a classic
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    We actually have a Metal Thread for this, but

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    I would also go as far as saying Gallowbraid and Alcest

    "Folk Metal" is more a fusion type of genre that you tend to find mixed in with other types of Metal.
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    Ivan Tzarevich is a Russian folk metal band. They had a bunch of their stuff free on their site, but their domain registration expired.
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    The first real folk metal band was Skyclad. Give them a listen; they've got very good lyrical style.

    Agalloch aren't folk metal perse, but they're folky. Also worth a listen.

    Bathory is another excellent folk metal band, and very well respected.

    Note that all of these examples are more on the metal side than the folk side.
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    I'm eager to know what you think of all the bands listed here, even though there are quite a number of them, Brother Oni.

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    As Nameless said, there is a general Metal thread in which to ask these questions, but while I'm here I'll mention some bands from the Middle Eastern side of Folk Metal.

    Orphaned Land - This song is from what is generally regarded as their best album, though I'm personally more fond of the heavier, slightly less folky follow up.

    Myrath - very Symphony X-esque Power/Prog on the metal side, with Folk influences from their native Tunisia mixed in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhamBamSam View Post
    As Nameless said, there is a general Metal thread in which to ask these questions, but while I'm here I'll mention some bands from the Middle Eastern side of Folk Metal.

    Orphaned Land - This song is from what is generally regarded as their best album, though I'm personally more fond of the heavier, slightly less folky follow up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nameless View Post
    All of that, yes.

    Here's a few more (and I'm going to throw some Viking metal in, because it seems people can't tell the two apart):

    Someone mentioned Bathory - who was actually the progenitor of Viking metal
    Dalriada
    Elvenking
    Einherjer - pure Viking metal
    Equilibrium
    Falkenbach - Bathory-inspired Viking metal
    Finsterforst
    Folkearth - actually not a single band, but a collaboration between various folk metal bands throughout the world. Music quality is a bit hit-and-miss, but the albums feature a variety of styles. Some are pretty good.
    Someone mentioned Lumsk as well
    Moonsorrow
    Svartsot

    And then there's like Subway to Sally and Tanzwut and Umbra et Imago (I actually wanted to link a song called "Teutonen lied", but damned if I could find it. I may have hallucinated this) and stuff for "medieval metal", which is kinda-sorta-not really the same as folk metal.
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    Feytalist beat me to recommending Folkearth, so I'll second it. They're partly folk metal, partly other. I like 'em, but they are hit n' miss. Wolfsong in Moonlight (Fenris Unbound) is absolutely NOT folk at all, but it's right up there as far as my favorites by them. Also, Rhyming with Thunder, but I imagine it's not for everyone.

    Nordman is probably very folk metal. Swedish, I believe. I can't understand a single word he's saying, but he seems very passionate about it, whatever "it" is that he's singing about. Still really like it.

    I can't provide links, because I can't get to youtube from here; it irritates me no end when someone offers up a link to it, and it could be interesting. I will cease to be irritated by it after November rolls around though.
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    Ooops, I didn't see the Metal thread. I'll request to get this thread merged.

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    I'm eager to know what you think of all the bands listed here, even though there are quite a number of them, Brother Oni.
    I'm trying to work my way through the list, although if my wife rolls her eyes much more, she's going to end up resembling Cookie Monster in a washing machine.

    My children are also complaining that I'm playing it too loud.

    Quote Originally Posted by Feytalist View Post
    I may have hallucinated this) and stuff for "medieval metal", which is kinda-sorta-not really the same as folk metal.
    Medieval metal sounds interesting - a quick google search gives me Corvus Corax and I've realised I've watched one of their videos (Dulcemissa?) where they ride onto the stage on a chariot.

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    I can't provide links, because I can't get to youtube from here; it irritates me no end when someone offers up a link to it, and it could be interesting. I will cease to be irritated by it after November rolls around though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brother Oni View Post
    Medieval metal sounds interesting - a quick google search gives me Corvus Corax and I've realised I've watched one of their videos (Dulcemissa?) where they ride onto the stage on a chariot.
    Corvus Corax is awesome. I debated mentioning them, because their music isn't really metal, but some of their side projects/related acts include the already mentioned In Extremo and Tanzwut.

    But yeah, real medieval instruments, bird costumes, musicians leaping and cavorting on stage - just good old fashioned medieval type music.

    Here's Bacchus and Skudrinka from their first - acoustic only - album.
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    Faun! Pagan Folk Metal.
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    The holy Trinity: Finntroll, Ensiferum, Korpiklaani.
    I think they actually know each other quite well.

    In Extremo is hugely popular with my friends, but I guess being German plays a significant part in it. Though I like them a lot more than Corvus Corax.
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    We actually have a Metal Thread for this
    This isn't the metal thread?

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    I can mention Folkstone a folk metal band from Bergamo (North Italy), they heavily use the baghet, a traditional medieval bagpipe in the area of Brescia/Bergamo (and also a traditional definition of beer belly:D).

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    But anyway, folk metal yay! I was very happy to discover this was a thing, if mostly outside the States. One of my long long ago classmates said she really like "pirate metal" which is apparently also a thing. Epica, specifically, though whether it's really pirate metal or not is left for more seasons music lovers than myself. I see hear similiarites, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winter_Wolf View Post
    One of my long long ago classmates said she really like "pirate metal" which is apparently also a thing. Epica, specifically, though whether it's really pirate metal or not is left for more seasons music lovers than myself. I see hear similiarites, though.
    It's really not. The type of swinging work shanties that we think of as "pirate" or "nautical" music is present in a couple of folk bands - I'm thinking of Finntroll's more bouncy songs specifically - but there's not really anything like that in Epica's music.

    If we're talking pirate metal, here's Alestorm (and I can't believe no-one in this thread, myself included, thought to mention them). There's a few other similar bands, but this here's probably the best.
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    While Arkona is Pagan Metal, they have some serious Folk influence in their music.


    Also, this thread doesn't have enough Folk Black Metal. Some Adorned Brood will help fix that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JabberwockySupafly View Post
    While Arkona is Pagan Metal, they have some serious Folk influence in their music.
    I actually picked up Slovo the other day. First time I ever heard of them. They're pretty alright.
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