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Viking and Folk Metal
Black and Death Metal
"The unique "folk metal" sub-genre and the rarer lyrical theme known as "Viking metal" are well-hidden gems of the metal community. With popularity only recently growing in Europe, how much do you know about the artists of these classes of metal?"
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This Swedish death metal band places heavy emphasis on Norse- and Viking-related themes in its music, including making many references to Oden, the Norns, and Valhall, all the while maintaining a prominent Norse pride. Which band is this, which has music videos for the songs "The Pursuit of Vikings" and "Guardians of Asgaard", to name a few?
Hailing from the Faroe Islands, this band shares a name with the one-handed Norse god of single combat and victory. Their music and lyrics are heavily influenced by Norse mythology and even traditional Faroese music. More recent discography includes a music video for "Hold the Heathen Hammer High" off of the album "By the Light of the Northern Star", released in 2009.
The self-described "eyecatcher on every festival", this German Viking/epic death metal band channels the "passion, despair and hope" of its songs from tales of a Norse god of revenge said to have avenged the death of his father, Odin. Their discography includes a 2008 EP entitled "Face to Face" and the 2011 album, "A Hundred Miles".
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Flutes, tin whistles, bagpipes, and hurdy gurdies are some of the folk instruments you can hear among tracks by this Swiss folk/melodic death metal band, which incorporates the extinct Gaulish language into lyrics at times. Their discography includes the albums "Slania" and "Everything Remains (As It Never Was)", among others.
This band, hailing from Scotland, was originally called Battleheart before being signed to Napalm Records in 2007. Their discography includes the 2009 album "Black Sails at Midnight" and 2011 album "Back Through Time", featuring the keytar talents of lead vocalist Christopher Bowes. There are perhaps only two more words needed to describe this folk metal band, and they are "pirate metal".
This Finnish folk metal band, named after an ancient god of war, may be known for their red and black face paint or electric violin (as opposed to guitar) solos. Oh yeah, and for a 2007 single (a cover of a 1978 disco hit by "Boney M") called "Rasputin". Which group is this?
This Finnish folk metal band's music can be described as a combination of black and death metal along with Finnish "humppa" folk music. Their discography, which dates to 1997, includes the 2004 album "Nattfödd" and 2010 album "Nifelvind". Which band is this, whose name is taken from a Finnish legend and whose lyrics are often in Swedish and touch on other myths and legends?
Though it shares a name with a lesser known band from East Yorkshire, England, this Viking metal group hails from the Styria region of Austria. Their discography includes the well received albums "The Passage" and "Armored Bards", the former having spawned the fan favorite song, "Wolkenbruch" . Which band is this, whose rich folk metal sound comes free of any "folk instruments"?
Sharing a name with a wise character from "Beowulf", this Swedish band can boast the release of albums like "Midgardian Metal" and "With Gods and Legends Unite", both heavily saturated with references to Norse mythology. Which band is this, whose Viking-related theme evolved from one of misanthropy in their early demo?
Irish whistles, a mandolin and bodhrán might greet a listener of this Danish group's folk music among the more typical musical accessories to a metal band. Their history includes changing almost their entire member line-up as well as releasing albums such as "Ravnenes Saga" (2007) and "Mulmets Viser" (2010). Which band is this, whose name means "black sickness" in older Danish?
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