2020 Albums

Album Review: Sopor Aeternus And the Ensemble of Shadows – Island of the dead 7.6 (Dark Folk)

Throughout history have existed many artists with a troubled soul (and at times body) who ventured beyond the realms of artistic norms and created their own version of reality and purpose of art. They have worked within all mediums of art and more often than not, their conception of matters has been a somber, and times even, grotesque one. Maybe most famous among them that one can think of would be Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch Painter whose personal calamities are as legendary as his art is; Alexander Pope, the English physical deformity led to his aggressively pessimistic outlook on life; Sylvia Plath, the American poet whose suicidal inclinations led to her The Bell Jar and of course her demise at the young age of 30. […]

The Hu release new video
Folk Metal

Mongolian hunnu-rock band THE HU release new video for Wolf Totem, feat. Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach)

Are you familiar with hunnu-rock? It’s a one-of-a-kind mixture of Western rock music combined with traditional Mongolian instrumentation and throat-singing in the native language. THE HU has been making waves around the globe over the past two years with this signature brand, their first videos went viral. Several festival appearances and a European tour followed, as well as the release of their debut album “The Gereg“ in September 2019 (read our review here). […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: Aeternam – Al Qassam 9.2 (Melo Death)

Symphonic Folk Death Metal may seem quite vague and too broad a concept to apply to any musical production. But when it comes to this Quebec-based quartet, it is in every bit expressive of the work of the band. Aeternam’s brand of music is a whole scope of Middle-Eastern/North-African (MENA) folk sounds, a grand symphonic foundation and a ferocious death metal that molds all these elements into one fine alloy poured into a gargantuan cast of awe-striking grandeur. […]

2020 Albums

Album Review: 殞煞 Vengeful Spectre – 殞煞 Vengeful Spectre 8.5 (Folk/Black Metal)

It’s very rare I get to cover music from Asia, it’s even more rare that I get to cover music with traditional Asian instrumentation and folk roots. This brings us to Vengeful Spectre, a band that combines black metal with traditional Chinese folk music, and oh my god does it work. It works so well in fact, that I’m very surprised this is the first time I’ve heard something like this. […]

Activism

Interview: Exulansis (Folk/Black Metal)

Exulansis are a post-black metal trio from Oregon here in the United States that fuse lots of folk into their sound. They released their debut full length titled Sequestered Sympathy, which I actually reviewed here on Noob Heavy. I’ve also praised it a handful of times on my socials, as well as rewarding it a spot on my best albums of the year list. I’ve never done an interview before, but I figured it’d be cool to test it out with these great folks. […]

2019 Albums

Album Review: Elvenking – Reader Of The Runes 7.3 (Folk/Power)

Well risen from their grave and way past their mid-and-late-2000’s nadir, the Italian power folk metal sextet is back with what seems to be the first in a series of several concept albums to come. Reader of the Runes – Divination is intended to follow its two preceding albums, Pagan Manifesto (2014) and Secrets of the Magick Grimoire (2017) which were able to redeem the band’s tarnished reputation; but is it the next step on the road to grandeur or is it just an album to announce they are still there and working? […]