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Oak Roots

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LOCATION : Roma, Italy

Status : Split-up
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Luca Grimaldi : vocals, guitars, flutes
Andrea Remoli : bass
Ludovica Faraoni : keyboard
valerio coretti : drums

In the Halls Of Our Ancient Fathers by CELTACHOR reviewed

So says the title, I reviewed CELTACHOR demo...
Let’s start by the artwork that shows you fast the celtic theme from the band but when I look at it from far distance, I find it shame the bandlogo is smaller than others…
About the bandlogo still, it reminds me the Cruachan one. Maybe that “celtic” side & “Ireland” helps ? Heh but that “C” …Cruachan is a great band but one more original Celtachor logo would have been better imo. 
Ogham feat. on the cd & means ”Tuireann” & "Cian" (Lugh’s father).
There are lyrics in the booklets making that last like a book & a special note on first page explaining what this cd is about: “The demo covers the rise of Lugh […] & sorrow & grief that fell on the sons of Tuireann for the killing of Cian”. […] - Appreciated.

Eskhata

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LOCATION : Mladenovac, Serbia

Status : Split-up
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Gerald : vocals
Jan : drums
Micha : bass
Morten : guitars
Stefan : guitars


HISTORY :
Djura Stevanovic and Petar Milutinovic founded the band in 2009 even the idea dates back in 2007. The other members joined later. Eskhata split-up in 2013. Main themes were slavic legends, folklore, myths and fantasy.

RECORDINGS :
One With The Earth, demo 2010
Storm, single 2011


WEBSITES :
https://www.reverbnation.com/eskhata
https://www.youtube.com/user/eskhataband

Contact : N/A

Claim The Throne

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LOCATION : Perth, Western Australia

Status : Active
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Baronaxe (Brendon Capriotti) : vocals, guitar
Dysie (Glen Dyson) : guitar, vocals
Lord Jim (Jim Parker) : bass, vocals
Oscarius (Ashley Large) : drums
Jesselina (Jesse Millea) : keyboard, vocals


HISTORY :
The band founded in 2004.

Appalachian Winter

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LOCATION : Schellsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Status : Active
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
D. George Klyne : all instruments

Beer Bear

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LOCATION : Moscow, Russia

Status : Split-up
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Pan Sventoyar Zagloba : bass, vocals, keys
Anna (Anathema) Lynx Erilina : fiddle
Eugenia Murka Sizova : viola, vocals
Ilya Shukin : guitars
Leonid Anakharsis Chernicki : drums

Häive

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LOCATION : Imatra, Finland

Status : Active
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Janne Väätäinen (Auringon Hauta) : 5-, 7- & 10-stringed kanteles, recorders, flutes, guitars, pianos, drums


HISTORY :
Häive is a side project by Janne Väätäinen. His influences go from Amorphis, Isengard, Ulver to Hedningarna and Karelian trad. folk music.


RECORDINGS :
Yössä Vainajien demo 2003 (sold out)
Vaiti, demo 2005 (sold out)
Epätoivon Vuoksi demo 2005
Wyrd / Häive / Kehrä, split 2007
Mieli Maassa, album 2007
Saimaata ei sanoilla selitä, EP 2010
Lätön, album 2017 [ details ]


WEBSITES :
http://users.kymp.net/janne.vaatainen/HAIVE/
http://www.mikseri.net/artists/?id=25121
https://www.facebook.com/haiveofficial/

Contact :haive@hotmail.fi

Find more information on Sword Chant :
- In the "band name" keyword

Niburta

LOCATION : Budapest, Hungary

Status : Active
Music : Metalcore


MEMBERS :
János Krieser : guitar
Zoltán Galacsik : guitar
Balázs Hormai : vocals
Milán Leindler : drums, percussions
Gábor Zsigmond : bass

Auringon Hauta / Solgrav

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LOCATION : Imatra, Finland

Status : On hold
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Janne Väätäinen (Häive) : guitar, kantele, flute, whistle, clean vocals
Lari Hammarberg (Poropetra) : drums, piano
Taneli Kejonen : guitar
Niko Kuljuntausta : bass



HISTORY :
The black pagan metal band Solgrav founded in 2001 but during 2007, the members decide to change the bandname as a new beginning for them. The band name is now Auringon Hauta that means "The grave of the sun", a Finnish/Estonian legend.

Lari Hammarberg has given in 2010 the complete history for the bands, for publish on Sword Chant :

The beginning, autumn 2001.
Founding members Janne Väätäinen and Sakari harju form the band from the ruins of their previous black/death/thrash project and decide to thrive for more serious and better produced music. From various possibilities for name, Solgrav(The tomb of the sun) was chosen. At the time, Swedish/Norwegian equalient sounded better.The band was now in existance, with the name Solgrav. The mak…

Thrudvangar

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LOCATION : Köthen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Status : Active
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Gunther Braun : bass
Torsten Schildhauer : drums
Florian Zack : guitar
Raschi : guitar
Matthias Träbert : vocals

Past members :
Christian Lausch : guitar
Kanne : guitar
Andreas : keyboards
Sven : bass, vocals
Thomas : vocals


HISTORY :
Thorsten and Christian founded the band in 1998 but the complete line-up was in 2000. Some changes in the members listing since that time.


RECORDINGS :
Demo 2003
Ahnenthron, album 2004
Walhall, album 2006
Zwischen Asgard und Midgard, album 2007
Durch Blut und Eis, album 2010
Tiwaz, album 2013


WEBSITES :
http://www.thrudvangar.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ThrudvangarOfficial
https://www.reverbnation.com/thrudvangar

Contact :thrudvangar@gmx.de
Booking :snoack@in-fiction.eu

Pimeä Metsä

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LOCATION : Madrid, Spain

Status : On Hold
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Angel Flores "Enkeli" : vocals, bodhran, jaw's harp
David Chas : rhythm guitar, choirs
Hugo Pérez : lead guitar, choirs
Juanto Viana : bass guitar, choirs
Miguel Morón "Proto" : keyboard, accordion, choirs
Pablo Carmona : drums, choirs

Dawn of Frost EP by FROSTTIDE reviewed

The cover from this recent FROSTTIDE EP made of 7 tracks doesn’t amaze me much. But it may be a question of taste, I guess. Lyrics are in the booklet, good thing, and that kind of “effect” from letters about lyrics is nice.

1/ Dawn This is a soft & majestic instrumental track introducing the CD where the keyboard & guitars are the main instruments. It goes a little the same way as Ensiferum’s tracks 1 for each of their respective albums. Let’s hope they won’t act same as Ensiferum about cd-intros because this way is Ensiferum one already. Moreover, this Frosttide introduction is very well composed!

Viter

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LOCATION : L'viv, Ukraine

Status : Active
Music : Alternative


MEMBERS :
Viterzgir : vocals, guitar, bass, traditional instruments
Volkovlad : guitar
Andriy Hordiychuk : drums
Sudymyr : keyboards

Past members :
Tur : drums


HISTORY :
Spring 2010 started Viter as a folk metal band but in 2012, the band changes its musical path for alternative-indus style.


RECORDINGS :
Dzherelo, EP 2010
Diva Ruzha, split 2011


WEBSITES :
http://viter.org.ua/
https://www.facebook.com/faceviter
http://www.youtube.com/user/Viterband

Contact : N/A

Frosttide

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LOCATION : Jyväskylä, Finland

Status : Active
Music : Melodic Death


MEMBERS :
Juho Patinen : guitar, vocals
Joonas Nislin : drums
Felipe Munoz : keyboards, backing vocals

King Of Asgard

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LOCATION : Mjölby, Sweden

Status : Active
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Karl Beckmann (ex-Mithotyn) : guitar, vocals
Ted Sjulmark (Grimner) : guitar
Jonas Albrektsson : bass
Mathias Westman : drums

Celtachor

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LOCATION : Dublin, Ireland

Status : Active
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Stephen Roche (Laochra) : whistles, vocals
Oliver Deegan (McGalligog) : bass
David Quinn : guitar
Fionn Stafford : guitar
Anaïs Chareyre : drums

Past members : Emile Quigley : bass

Krampus

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LOCATION : Udine, Italy

Status : Active
Music : Metal


MEMBERS :
Filippo Gianotti : lead vocals
Marika : violin, vocals
Alessandro : guitar
Davide Zamparo : bass, choirs
Matteo Sisti (Eluveitie) : bagpipes, low whistles, transverse flute, Irish bouzouki, choirs
Alfredo Macuz : drums

Past members :
N/A

Gwenael Kerleo

LOCATION : Brittany, France

Status : Active
Music : Celtic Folk / Celtic Harp


MEMBERS :
Gwenael Kerleo : harp, vocals


HISTORY :
When she was younger, Gwenael Kerleo learnt harp with Hervé Quéfféléant (TRISKELL) as teacher. She's inspired by celtic trad, French songs and jazz. She's got several sessions musicans.


RECORDINGS :
Terre Celte, album 1996
Chemin de Brume, album 2000
Yelen, album 2003
Pevar, album 2009
Retour en Terre Celte, album 2010
Quai n°7, album 2012


WEBSITES :
http://www.gwenaelkerleo.com/
https://www.facebook.com/gwenael.kerleo
https://www.youtube.com/user/gwenaelkerleo

Contact :contact@gwenaelkerleo.com

NORTHERN SWORD demo reviewed

Introduction : This demo is available for free download on their official myspace, and so I’m about to review that demo made of 4 tracks : 1. In the Name of Odin | 2. For Glory and Gold | 3. Draw Yours Swords | 4. Nine Steps of Sorrow 
We can choose the quality of the content (mp3 320k, flac, ogg, aac, vbr high or low…) when we are about to download with legacy this material.
Now, let’s talk about the songs :

1 – In the Name of Odin This intro of song, reflecting the chorus later, remind Alestorm pretty much. Big beats & strings instruments follow together the rhythmic part from this game, while the keyboard is leading that part.

Skálmöld

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LOCATION : Reykjavík, Iceland

Status : Active
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Baldur Ragnarsson : guitars
Björgvin Sigurðsson : vocals, guitars
Gunnar Ben : keyboards
Jón Geir Jóhannsson : drums
Snæbjörn Ragnarsson : bass
Þráinn Árni Baldvinsson : guitars

FUROR GALLICO debut album reviewed

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I remember that moment when I reviewed the first demo of the band. I had already good views on that band, even I made some suggestions... The songs from the demo are in the album by the way. But now, I gotta review their first album. 

The cover art refers to the goddess Cathubodua. All elements are in: the goddess, raven, color used, warriors…  Plus, they have a song about the goddess. Also, its a good idea for their first album when I think to Ste’s definition of the bandname. By the way, the lyrics are in the album.
Now, about music :

Intro The tune starts with soft drums. Rather a good tempo. Secundo and after 2 seconds are the strings instruments & third is windy one (0.15). Its all acoustic but melodies remind some typical arias… Somewhere, It reminded me Ensiferum for example, but it’s well a composed introduction.  Voices enter after 44 seconds, spending sounds, and stop with the musical sentences at 0.56. Then the musical sentences begin the whole game again when the windy…

Altan

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LOCATION : Donegal, Ireland

Status : Active
Music : Celtic Folk


MEMBERS :
Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh : fiddle, vocal
Ciaran Tourish : fiddle, vocal
Mark Kelly : guitar, bouzouki, vocal
Ciaran Curran : bouzouki, mandolin
Dermot Byrne : accordion
Daithi Sproule : guitar, vocal

Guthrum

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LOCATION : Hull, UK

Status : Split-up
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Mark Wood : all instruments

Live :
Phil Wilkinson : lead vocals
Mark Wood : rhythm guitar, backing Vocals
Richard Hurst : bass guitar, backing Vocals
Jonny Hirons : lead guitar, backing Vocals
Alexander Pentecost : drums

Past members :
Richard Hurst : bass
Jonny Hirons : guitars
Phil Wilkinson : vocals
Bruno Almeida : drums


HISTORY :
Guthrum is a British viking/black metal band formed in 2008. The band's name is based on the Danish viking king Guthrum, who invaded Britain in the 9th century. At first, the band started as the solo project of Mark Wood, later it became a whole band and today, it seems they have split-up since no activity for years and dead bandpages.

RECORDINGS :
The First Ode To Many, demo 2009


WEBSITES :
N/A

Contact : N/A

Virrasztók

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LOCATION : Pécs, Hungary

Status : Active
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Scrofa : vocals, hurdy gurdy
Lianna : vocals
Tomusin : guitar
Szkrobek : bass, programming
Tiberius : drums
Sophie : violin, backing vocals

Past members :
Balázs Szende : drums
Bálint Mester : drums
Péter Kovács : keyboard
Gergely Bencsik : violin
Zsolt Bánhalmi : drums
Dave : dums : vocals
Angelina Csilla B. : vocals
Heniel : vocals


HISTORY :
Founded in 2008, Virrasztók means "the vigilants". Their lyrics deal with history, death and remembrance while their music is a mix of dark, gothic, industrial metal with Hungarian folk music as the band concept is based on the folklore of the vigilance. In folk tradition, the vigilance is the watch of the dead at night in case of home catafalque; it lasts till the funeral, usually for one or two nights. Its reason is the respect towards the dead, the remembrance, but it is also an occasion of social gathering. It was a common custom throughout the entire country of Hunga…

Le corsaire/Le grand coureur song translated to English

Words : Unofficial English translations
Traditional/Sailors song : Le corsaire/Le grand coureur  (Corsair/Le grand coureur)
Now Saltatio Mortis covered this song so, I tried to translate this sailors song that gets two different titles : "Le corsaire" and "Le grand coureur".

SIG:AR:TYR - Godsaga review

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Like the band promised & said on their official website, Godsaga is about Odin's hanging on Yggdrasil but the artwork refers to Egil Skallagrimsson.

More about Egill Skallagrimsson on wiki. You can find lyrics in the booklet but also on their official website.
Now, lets talk about the content of the cd.

Eldborg

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LOCATION : Kiel, Germany

Status : Split-up
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Gerald : vocals
Jan : drums
Micha : bass
Morten : guitars
Stefan : guitars

Review: Dur Dabla - Demo 2010

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Lets start this review with the cover-art. 
I see it & I want to say “congrats” to the designer! The cover-art respects the bandname (harp), the genre & location of the band : “celtic” & the draw is particularly very good! The color itself reflects the metal aspect from the band.
I open the jewel cd, and what do I see in my copy ? “to Krissy Dragonhead & Sword Chant”, signed Marc. :)
But the font inside like the back cover, I don’t like much because its way too much of these big letters (like the big ones from their respective logo).

Dur Dabla

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LOCATION : Brest, Brittany, France

Status : Active
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Titan : vocals
Marc : guitar, banjo tenor, vocals, bodhran
Elli : guitar
Victor : bass
Guillaume : drums
Morwenn : recorder

Alda

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LOCATION : Eatonville, Washington, USA

Status : Active
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Jace Bruton : guitars
Stephanie Knittel : bass
Timothy Brown : guitars
Michael Korchonnoff : drums, vocals

Sacrimonia / Ealdulf

LOCATION : Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

Status : Active
Music : Black Metal


MEMBERS :
Adam Magnox : guitar, bass, vocals
Ariale Miller : unknown

Past members :

As Ealdulf :
William Thaeccan : vocals
Tom Thaeccan : bass
Alex Franks : drums

Les Breihzozaures

LOCATION : Brest, Brittany, France

Status : Split-up
Music : Celtic Folk / Rock


MEMBERS :
Jean-Vincent Carré (Kroazhent, Ar skolpenn, Bagad Pariz, Ar Seiz Avel, Gitar Daou, Tremenell)  : bombard, bagpipes, tin whistle, guitar
Sébastien Févry : guitar
Christophe "Kerloas" Roger : double bass, bass


HISTORY :
The band founded after one unexpected gig that took place the august 21st, 2009. They mixe experimental rock with Celtic music. They made one official video for the song "Andro Biligou" and then, they split-up.

RECORDINGS :
A dreuz Stout, demo 2009
Ca Scotche!, album 2011


WEBSITES :
https://www.facebook.com/les-Breihzozaures-142838969124083/

Contact : N/A

Marțolea

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LOCATION : Câmpulung Moldovenesc, Romania

Status : Active
Music : Black Pagan


MEMBERS :
Alin Drimus : guitars, bass, drums, vocals, Fluierul (pipe flute), caval, bucium (alphorn), ocarina, mouth-harp


HISTORY :
The one man band project Marțolea was created while 2008. Marțolea is a demonic entity in Romanian mythology living in the mountains.


RECORDINGS :
Gâlmele Întunericului, demo 2009
Noaptea Dihãniilor, album 2010


WEBSITES :
https://www.facebook.com/martoleaofficial/

Contact :martolea@gmail.com

Hantaoma

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LOCATION : Lourdes, Midi-Pyrénées, France

Status : Active
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Patrick Lafforgue (Stille Volk) : vocals, guitar, bombard, hurdy gurdy
Patrice Roques (Stille Volk) : vocals, guitars, violin, lute
P. Vernhes : guitares rythmiques
A. Cendre : basse
D. Kdéi : batterie

Past membes : 
Deinos : bass
Thomas : drums
Arixon : vocals

Last Wail

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LOCATION : Omsk, Russia

Status : Active
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Freyr : guitars
Khepry : bass  
Krumr : guitars  
Marchello : drums
Solveig : keyboards
Marchello : drums

Swordbearer

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LOCATION : Ramapo, New Jersey, USA

Status : Split-up
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Rhode "Revenge" Rachel : guitar, keys, vocals, flute, tin whistle, jaw's harp, acoustic percussions


HISTORY :
The one-man band project was founded in 2005. Two records were and then, the project ended. The lyrics are about war, nature, love and alcohol.


RECORDINGS :
Inspired by the Trees, album 2009
Honor, album 2011


WEBSITES :
http://swordbearer.bandcamp.com/

Contact : N/A

Thulr

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LOCATION : Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Status : Active
Music : Black Pagan


MEMBERS :
Morten (ex-Folkearth) : vocals, guitar, bass, drum programming
Florian : drums


HISTORY :
Thulr is a band project by Morten. It deals with legends and folklore of northern Germany.


RECORDINGS :
Forsitesland, demo 2004
The Seafarer, demo 2009
Syrgðr Skógr / Thulr - MC, split 2014
Dystertid / Thulr - 't warrt vertellt, split 2016


WEBSITES :
https://www.facebook.com/thulrofficial
http://thulr.bandcamp.com/

Contact : N/A

Hroptatyr

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LOCATION : Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bavaria, Germany

Status : Active
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Michael "Michi" : guitars
Mo : guitars
Steve (ex-Thy Wicked) : drums
Andreas "Andi" : vocals
Sven : bass
Moritz : guitars

Past members :
Sebastian : vocals
Patrick (ex-Thy Wicked) : bass
Niels : guitars

Zrymgöll

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LOCATION : Campana, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Status : Active
Music : Folk Metal


MEMBERS :
Juan Pablo "Juskko"Churruarín (Folkodia) : vocals, acordion
Juan Manuel Herrera : guitars, backing vocals
Gonzalo Rillo : electric guitars, backing vocals
Santiago : bass
Exequiel Esquivel : traverse flute, backing vocals
Juandi : violin
Symon : drums

Past members :
Priscila Gómez : violin
Sveinbjörn Sterki : drums

Ignis Fatuu

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LOCATION : Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany

Status : Active
Music : Medieval Folk


MEMBERS :
P.G. : vocals
Peter : guitar
Irene Gawlik : vocals, bagpipes, shawm, flute
Volker Semmelmann : bass

Heimdalls Wacht

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LOCATION : Ahlen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Status : Active
Music : Black Pagan


MEMBERS :
Saruman : vocals, bass
Narhemoth : vocals
Herjann : guitar
Teja : guitar
Winterheart : drums

I reviewed the first FUROR GALLICO demo

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So, here we go :
1- The Gods Have Returned
First of all, Lyrics for that song are amazing : Under nearly each first sentences is about nature (Once my land was green & was strong, Fight for our rivers & trees, Sunrise it will be, Now my land so green & so strong...) ; then is about something dark (strangers now are invading, we can't see our future, fight even thu death, ennemies found death, etc) ; next sentences from parts are more about religions (signs of gods, strangers here, when the gods return, etc) ; then is the notion of "OURS" & "WE" (want us to disappear, we 're drifiting away, they shall be ours, etc).
So, litterature speaking, well done! ^^
Now the music :