Hey! Listen to Goatpsalm!

I’m not incredibly knowledgable on folk metal, but I have noticed a recent trend of bands that have done a great job putting folk elements into their music. Wintersun and Saor are the first to come to my mind, but even other, lesser known groups, like Forndom (which will hopefully find its own HLT in the future) have done incredible jobs reinventing the folk metal sound.What Russia’s Goatpsalm brings to the proverbial folk metal table is, in my opinion, incredibly original, at least in presentation. It’s as if the band has been able to strip folk metal down to its barest elements—the sounds of nature, the occasional acoustic guitar, and an assortment of ethnic instruments—and sort of build their sound up from there.

Keep of Kalessin – Epistemology

It’s been five years since the previous Keep of Kalessin album, and the band has gone through some odd times. But the Norwegian progressive black metal trio have finally returned with Epistemology, and they’re not holding back. They’ve refined their sound, rediscovered themselves and as a result created an album that hits…

Bloodshot Dawn – Demons

Every once in a while there’s a band that comes out of nowhere and completely blows one away. Bloodshot Dawn did that with their self-titled 2012 debut, coming to a scene where melodic death metal was more or less dead, and they put a very strong statement of “No it’s not dead,…

Jari Mäenpää Gives An Update On The Current State Of Time II And The Time Difference Between Albums

Jari Mäenpää’s Wintersun has been somewhat of an elusive band over the years, with the long awaited Time albums attaining almost Necrophagist levels of infamy. But then late in 2012, Time I, the first half of the monolithic collection finally saw the light of day — and it was damn good. But give a…

Devil Sold His Soul Return With ‘Time

Devil Sold His Soul’s previous album Empire Of Light was a real sleeper hit for me, after watching their crushing sets at both Damnation Festival and opening for the Gojira/Ghost combo, their sweeping post-metal meets hardcore blend made so much more sense and impact. And despite parting with long-time vocalist…