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Metal Forum Top 10 Folk Metal Bands

Who is the best at Folk Metal? I'm nominating Leaves' Eyes (I listened to Njord today and am now sure that they are Folk) Eluveitie, Korpiklaani and Curachan are terrific. Anybody else have any ideas?

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Re: Metal Forum Top 10 Folk Metal Bands Here are my picks: Ulver Finntroll Skyclad Týr Agalloch Borknagar Hollenthon Orphaned Land Primordial Suidakra

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Re: Metal Forum Top 10 Folk Metal Bands A lot of those are bands with folk elements, that doesn't necessarily relegate them to the realms of 'folk' metal. When I think of Folk metal devoid of other genres I think of gay shit like Korkiplaani, Finntroll, or even TYR. You know, that chasing elves through the forest naked music.

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Re: Metal Forum Top 10 Folk Metal Bands not familiar enough with folk to make a judgement but Ulver, Orphaned Land and Elvenking (they sound folky to me but if the aren't I apologise) should make the cut

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Re: Metal Forum Top 10 Folk Metal Bands Look, how many bands are there which are purely one style? If you tried to only put bands into one genre who are pure you'll end up with more homeless bands than mongrels at a pet shelter. I think Blut's made some great picks but "Korkiplaani" etc. are not "gay shit" - it's just that for laughs they thought they might write songs which didn't involve killing people. Come on, I like bloody lyrics as much as the next man, but why a great dictatorship of subject matter?

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Re: Metal Forum Top 10 Folk Metal Bands

A lot of those are bands with folk elements' date=' that doesn't necessarily relegate them to the realms of 'folk' metal. When I think of Folk metal devoid of other genres I think of gay shit like Korkiplaani, Finntroll, or even TYR. You know, that chasing elves through the forest naked music.[/quote'] Even with the 3 bands you listed there though, we're looking at folk heavy/power metal, folk black metal (a bit of a stretch I know), and folk prog metal. All 3 cases are bands with significant amounts of folk in their sound, but the base of their sound lies elsewhere, which really isn't any different than the bands I listed. Many bands have a folk influence, but I tried to pick bands where the influence has a pretty large impact on their sound.

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Re: Metal Forum Top 10 Folk Metal Bands It's always annoyed me that there are very few folk bands that I like. I don't even think I listen to ten. Anyway, in no particular order: Heidevolk Svartsot Oskord Orphaned Land Chaska Chthonic...maybe...I'm not sure they qualify, but they're awesome anyway. Ulytau Folkstone Myrath...well, they're mainly prog. But again, like Chthonic, they are awesome.

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Re: Metal Forum Top 10 Folk Metal Bands By no means an expert and some of these may not be strictly folk metal, but have elements of folk. My faves: Ensiferum Tyr Moonsorrow Turasis Korpiklanni Good thread, BTW and I'll be checking out many of the names mentioned here!

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Re: Metal Forum Top 10 Folk Metal Bands Definitely check out the other bands mentioned here, those are pretty good bands for the most part, but it's a lot bigger genre than just those five.

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Re: Metal Forum Top 10 Folk Metal Bands agree with BAN gotta check out more bands, actually I am going to start one of my infamous suggestions threads for this genre

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Re: Metal Forum Top 10 Folk Metal Bands

agree with BAN gotta check out more bands' date=' actually I am going to start one of my infamous suggestions threads for this genre[/quote'] Go right ahead Murph, I could do with some pointers myself, though the now sadly dissappeared Scroogles helped!

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Re: Metal Forum Top 10 Folk Metal Bands what is with the new blood disappearing after just a couple of days? seriously if this place were a`ny deader we'd be in canada lol

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Re: Metal Forum Top 10 Folk Metal Bands Indeed, I can't understand it myself. I notice we have a nice newby today, but how long will he stay for?

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Re: Metal Forum Top 10 Folk Metal Bands

what is with the new blood disappearing after just a couple of days? seriously if this place were a`ny deader we'd be in canada lol
Greenland might be a more appropriate metaphor...

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Re: Metal Forum Top 10 Folk Metal Bands I was going to say New Zealand but only my fellow Aussies would get the joke so I went with one you Americans might have appreciated

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Re: Metal Forum Top 10 Folk Metal Bands

I was going to say New Zealand but only my fellow Aussies would get the joke so I went with one you Americans might have appreciated
Well, you could say New Mexico, we're pretty sparsely populated... :D

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Re: Metal Forum Top 10 Folk Metal Bands Utah is too, over 1 million of our about 2.5 million people live in the Wasatch Front area, which is just about a 50 mile radius around Salt Lake City, and the remaining half are sparsely distributed throughout the rest of our land mass.

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Re: Metal Forum Top 10 Folk Metal Bands Nah, I'd get the New Zealand joke alright. I think the Canadians are nicer than the Zealanders thought because, although I'd admit they can be extremely dull, they are a very pleasant and friendly people (Iceni, Blut and NTNR may disagree about that :lol: !). Actually, it was rather nice on the pageant thing which went down the Thames they had a Maori canoe with Maori's all dressed up warlike (they must have been so COLD!). They also, before boarding, did this really cool Hakka, Hukka, whatever, you know what I mean if you have ever seen rugby ;) with their paddles, whirling them like spears. It was awesome :D !

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Ensiferum, Eluveitie, Moonsorrow, Grave Digger has some folk influences. That's pretty much all the folk metal bands I know.

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The terms folk metal don't really do these bands justice, but if you'll allow me to cast a pagan net across folk/Viking/pagan metal I can present the following as my favourites:

Moonsorrow

Thyrfing

Tyr (first two albums only)

Finntroll

Einherjer

These are some of my favourite bands of any genre. About fifteen years ago I was obsessed with this type of music. Not so much these days. 

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