Aexylium call their creation Folk Metal, like so many others before them. This made us expect some leafy representation of Huldre or a gangnam version of Kanseil once the review crew started on the record. Who knows? Maybe one can concoct some catchy dance moves to the beat of bagpipes and hurdy-gurdy? Yet, little did we know what we were going to find. [...]
The blasted July 2017 EP The Slavic Covenant of Incursed did not impress the RMR deck crew. Too many oldies and not enough goodies, I can tell ya. Bands need to produce new, awesome material that is unique and people will want to hear. Not endlessly regurgitate old stuff or go for weird pop covers. The mighty Symphonic Metal front chicks from Exit Eden recently tried to pull that pop cover stunt as well. The outcome was – well – bizarre to say the least. With tracks ranging from juvenile wet dreams to age-old pop disasters that we all hoped would stay dead. But that will be for a different review, if ever I find the time.
So, trepidation reigned when we started to look at Amalur, the brand new full length record Incursed unchained this September of 2017. Much to our relief, the album is a friggin’ bundle of metal energy. With much more mature and new material to boot than at first meets the eye. But, did they do it again? The inclusion of previously released tracks? Damn straight they did: Try Akelarre, The Slavic Covenant and a new version of Fear a’ Bhàta to name just three. But more to that later.
Incursed hails from – no, not Ireland. Or Denmark, the old nemesis of the Britons back in viking times. They join us from Basque Country in Spain of all places; Bilbao to be precise. I confess: At first I placed them somewhere up in the cold North, not on the Northern shore of Spain, though. But hey, tapas to go with my metal for sure works for me. [...]
The things we missed in 2016. And it is 67 minutes of raw and corny metal issued by one of the most prodigious metal bands out there. The Finnish outfit Moonsorrow released their 7th full length album Jumalten Aika (The Age of Gods) last year. This after five years of wait, when many thought that nothing would be forthcoming anymore. And boy is this a peppered dish.
It is funny: I am hearing their sound described as Folk Metal a lot. Well, whenever I listen to their tune, I hear the mighty ogres marching towards the King’s castle, making their sounds of war. Nothing of the hurdy-gurdy heavy mess many of the Folk Metal bands are projecting these days. The tune on Jumalten Aika always sounds to me like a more cathedral and delicate version of the latest SIG:AR:TYR record, combined with some early Bathory mixed into the fray. [...]