Category Archives: Folk Metal

LISSIE’s Cover Of DANZIG’s “Mother” Is Fantastic

Evolve-Goliath-Title I honestly don’t know a lot about Lissie other than she has a very interesting way of doing covers. I first heard her music during a scene in the amazing 2013 film The Dirties where her cover of Kid Cudi‘s “Pursuit of Happiness” appears. I was transfixed by the folkish, trance-inducing cover and tonight, while waiting on a video on YouTube and sitting through the interstitial ad, I heard a song that immediately caught my attention. The ad was for the video game Evolve (which looks amazing) and the track featured during the ad was Lissie‘s cover of Danzig‘s “Mother.”

It’s beautiful and a brilliant rendition of the song and I just had to share it with you. Check out the trailer for Evolve as well as the whole song after the jump.     Continue reading

Review: PROFANE EXISTENCE LIMITED EDITION SINGLES SERIES

In this review Profane Existence, one the most trusted names in crust/d-beat, were kind enough to furnish me with preview copies of their 2013 Limited Edition Singles Series. With 12 7″s of some the best crust, d-beat, powerviolence, grind,Oi!, and even some folk punk; your ears will sure to never find themselves bored with this eclectic mix of all things punk.

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Aftermath Exclusive: HARM WÜLF Show You Their “Silk Soul”

harmwulf2-e1369238898691What’s that? You have never heard of Harm Wülf? Well, that is because this is a new project by a veteran. Headed by Blacklisted front man G. Hirsch, Harm Wülf is Hirsch’s first solo outing and it is a hodgepodge of different genres from different eras in many different ways. I honestly don’t know how to describe the music that is about to flow forth from your speakers or headphones, but I will tell you that it is brilliant and mesmerizing.

There’s Honey In The Soil So We Wait For The Till is the title set for Harm Wülf‘s debut and it will be released by Deathwish, Inc. on 12″ vinyl and as a digital download. You can pre-order the album here. And now, I present to you, “Silk Soul,” the dissonant, emotional eruption from G. Hirsch’s Harm Wülf. Howl, baby.      Continue reading

KING DUDE Debuts “New” Track “Born In Blood”

Stereogum have premiered a new track from King Dude’s upcoming Born in Blood 7″, which is due out on October 1st via his own label Not Just Religious Music. The track in question is the title track, “Born in Blood”, which is a short morose rocker that is sure to inspire blood drinkers the world over. It is actually a re-working of a previous track of his which was featured on the album Tonight’s Special Death. This Fall the Dude will also tour across the Western states in support of the upcoming 7″. Keep reading to peep the tour dates and stream the new track.

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DUSTIN KENSRUE Premieres New Track “It’s Not Enough”

Alternative Press has premiered a new track from former Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue’s forthcoming solo effort, The Water and the Blood, which is due out on October 1st. The track is an emotionally powerful piano driven track entitled “It’s Not Enough” that has been unfinished for years until now. Dustin tells Alternative Press that it might have ended up a Thrice song but he never finished until recently. Head over and check out the track now and check out his first solo record Please Come Home if you haven’t before.

-Lane Oliver

All Things Unholy: ROTTING CHRIST Release Video For “666″

Rotting Christ have been a staple in the extreme music scene for a long, long time. The band has had quite a few genre shifts in their career, starting off as a grindcore bands before switching to straight-forward black metal and now to blackened extreme whateveryouwant. Regardless, the band’s career has ebbed and flowed with me, with some albums standing out much more than others. The band’s latest album Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy has stuck with me, however, and I see it as one of their best releases in years.

The band has recently released a new music video for the final track on Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy titled “666,” which you can check out below.     Continue reading

The Legend Of Hretha: MOSS OF MOONLIGHT Release New Lyric Video

I’ve fairly new to Moss Of Moonlight. By “fairly new,” I mean I have never heard them before this very post. After a few listens to the bands new track via their recently-released lyric video, I am definitely interested in them now. Described as “blackened folk metal,” I knew I was in for something interesting, but had no idea I was going to get this. Blissful melodies, harsh vocals, harmonized clean vocals, everything working so well together. It’s great. If you’ve haven’t checked out Moss of Moonlight, do it below.     Continue reading

Aftermath Exclusive: Stream CONNY OCHS New Album “Black Happy” Now!

By now you should know that he at American Aftermath we are fans of a wide range of music, not just metal. One artist that I have been absolutely enamored with recently is German musician Conny Ochs. He released an album last year with Scott “Wino” Weinrich which took me by storm.

I became infatuated with his style and execution and when word came down about his latest album Black Happy, I had to incorporate some Conny Ochs into American Aftermath. It is for that very reason that I bring you an exclusive stream of Black Happy! While jamming this beauty, you can also check out the Q&A I did with the man behind the music. Continue to get your mind bent backwards.

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A Glimpse Of Light: WINDFAERER Streaming New Song

Remember when I posted about that new EP that Windfaerer are putting out? Well, I have been heavily anticipating the release of this EP because of my fondness of the band’s last album. If you, like me, are excited to know how the songs on Solar will sound, look no further than this post! That’s right, Windfaerer are currently streaming a new song called “A Glimpse Of Light” which you can hear in the video below. This track is absolutely amazing showing the band leaning more towards post-black metal, although the folk metal roots are still present. This song is mindblowing and I am very excited to share it with you all. Check it out and tell us what you think in the comments.


Thanks to “Anonymous” for posting this video in the comments of a previous post.

Between Him And The Sun: WINDFAERER To Release New EP

So, over a year ago I reviewed an album that I didn’t think I would like at first, but it ended up blowing me away. Exactly three months later I found out that the guy in Windfaerer was also the dude that did that killer cover of At The Gates‘ “Cold.” At that point, I gained a strong respect for Michael Gonçalves. I still love his band Windfaerer and that is why I was excited to learn that the band will be releasing a new EP this year titled Solar. The EP will feature seven songs and below you can read a statement from Michael himself. You can see the track list and listen to a track off of Tribus after the jump.

From Michael Gonçalves:

“Solar is a tribute to the intangible and to those things that make life seem so hopeless, yet beautiful. The title represents a unity of the celestial and infernal forces that govern mankind. Compared to Tribus, the lyrics have become more personal and abstract. Solar is Windfaerer being a more confident entity.”

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A Forest Full Of Echoes: AGALLOCH Finish Recording New EP

Panties everywhere are moistening as the world learns that Portland, Oregon’s Agalloch have finished recording their new EP Faustian Echoes. I know that I arose to full mast when I learned of this news and I cannot figure out why I didn’t learn about this before. I seriously need to pay more attention to my social networking platforms because from my understanding, Agalloch posted this news on March 30th. Check out the statement from the band below and talk about your expectations or the bands past material in the comments section.

Agalloch have completed the recording of their forthcoming EP entitled “Faustian Echoes”. With acclaimed engineer Billy Anderson at the helm, the band recorded a 20 minute long conceptual and colossal track live onto two-inch tape. The recording took place at Jackpot Studio in Portland, Oregon during March 24th-25th. A release date has yet to be set, but we will keep you all updated through our official Facebook page. This EP will appear on both LP and CD. We have made a photo album of photos taken by Veleda Thorsson of this session.

Drowning In The Sea Of Waking Light: CHELSEA WOLFE’s Solo Performance of “Halfsleeper”

This year at SXSW, front women and song writer of the band that bares her name, Chelsea Wolfe, sat down to do a professionally filmed solo performance of the song “Halfsleeper“. “Halfsleeper” is a little different from some of her other material, in that it is an acoustic song. When I first saw the link to this, I was rather stoked because this is one of my favorite songs by Chelsea. I seriously can’t get over the heartfelt lyrics and the haunting vocal melodies.

This is hands down one of the best videos of her performing on the web. The video quality is great, and the audio quality is even better. Do yourself a favor and check this shit out.  <3

– Josh Huddleston

Follow me on Twitter – @Keepitwolfson

Worship The Wall: SWALLOW THE SUN Release New Music Video

Back in November I posted about Swallow The Sun‘s forthcoming album Emerald Forest And The Blackbird. I was very curious to hear how the band would sound on their new record, as I have liked some of the stuff they’ve done in the past. True, I’ve never been totally into them, they do have certain qualities that I enjoy thoroughly. Well, lucky me, the band has released a new music video for the song “Cathedral Walls” which comes off of Emerald Forest… This song features Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon who adds her own touch to Swallow The Sun‘s sound.

Now, I’m not even going to lie, the first half of this song didn’t really catch my attention. It’s not that it was bad, it just didn’t capture me, you know? But when the track hit and those ungodly growls came in, I was taken over. This is the sound that I wanted. This is the Swallow The Sun that I know and enjoy. Anyway, check out the video below. Thanks to Terrorizer for premiering the video! Emerald Forest And The Blackbird will be released on February 13th via Spinefarm Records.

Review: Crusader’s Rise of the Templars E.P.

I started listening to metal at an early age. It was the mid-eighties, and I was in elementary school so the only bands I really had access to were radio bands like Motley Crue, Poison, and Ratt. I had cousins about ten years older than me who noticed my interest and made a gesture that had a major impact on my life. They gave me their record collection. I was suddenly the owner of first-pressing editions of some of the most important New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), power metal, and class rock records of all time. I may not have been the first on my block to own Venom’s Black Metal, but I was probably the first eleven year old, although I didn’t like it much at the time. However, I immediately fell madly in love with Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest.

Crusader’s four-song E.P. “Rise of the Templars” fits nicely between my Accept and Tygers of Pan Tang records. It’s unabashedly metal. There’s a lot of Saxon in the mix (a band that recorded a song sharing Crusader’s namesake). There’s some early Iron Maiden in there, and definitely a lot of Raven.

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