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Folk Metal Essentials

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I'm a pretty big folk metal fan. About seven to twelve years ago I was madly obsessed with it, carrying on about Odin and reading all the Icelandic sagas. Good times. 

 

My recommendations would include:

Moonsorrow (especially their first four albums)

Thyrfing 

Tyr (their first two only, but what incredible albums they are: 'How Far to Asgaard' and 'Eric the Red')

Einherjer

Falkenbach

Finntroll (even though they are trolls and all that they are still incredibly underrated. Amazing songs)

 

Those bands are definitely the pinnacle of the genre for me. Then there are the bands I only put on after a few tavern ales in the ancient north: 

Korpiklaani

Ensiferum

Alestorm!! 

 

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I know this thread is old as hell but I can't believe no one has mentioned Turisas - Battle Metal yet. It's a folk metal masterpiece. The Varangian Way is brilliant as well.

I don't listen to folk metal all that much. 90% of the time it annoys me. The other 10% of the time I hear its beauty and genius and I wonder why I don't listen to it more often. Finntroll, Turisas, and Korpiklaani are essential in my opinion. There are other great bands from elsewhere in Europe of course, but the Finns rule this genre.

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