As someone who prefers folk metal to either be extremely epic or light and melodic, I think Skin and Bones is an excellent album, and definitely the best I’ve heard by Lyriel so far. Fans of lighter, more melodic folk metal are highly recommended to give it a listen, as it’s a very fun and accessible album, which also features occasional symphonic elements.
It is no surprise that the band with a name Lothloryen inspired by Tolkien’s works plays Fantasy Folk Metal with Heavy and Power influences in the vein of Elvenking and Blind Guardian
“The trolls of Nordic folklore are believed to be dirty creatures of enormous strength and appetite. Their grotesque physique grants them a comic element, although the humor tends to be on the grim side as these nocturne beings hunger for human flesh. Unsurprisingly, this has earned them a rather bad reputation. All things considered, Finntroll are the perfect embodiment of all aforementioned sentiments – although one might want to replace the hunger for human meat with an unquenchable thirst for booze.”
Going in not being overly familiar with their work beyond a handful of songs, I walk away from Suidakra’s new album Eternal Defiance with an increased interest in them, and a better feeling of the folk metal style. Though I may never become a rabid fan of the sound, I can see me checking out more acts, as well as the other work from Suidakra. Fans of the band shouldn’t be disappointed with this release.
As this album was originally released back in December of 2011, I’m a little bit late with this one, but stay with me folks as it’s definitely worth going back a little bit, just in case you missed out on this gem…
I took an interesting approach to this record simply because I have no previous mateial from the band to compare to and while some of my favorite folky metal bands like Wuthering Heights for instance actually cemented a special place in my heart when it came to my limitless taste in the genre, proving that if the music is well performed it has a chance to impress anybody.
I’m just going to come out and say this…. STAND UP AND FIGHT is the band’s finest work so far and the quintessential battle metal album to own…