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Review: Folkearth - Father of Victory
Father of Victory

Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year released: 2008
Duration: 51:22
Tracks: 12
Genre: Folk/Viking


Review online: October 24, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 2.6/5 (52%) (5 Votes)

Fourth album already from the international horde, Folkearth. Not too bad for a side project founded in 2004! An excellent acoustic output, Songs of Yore, was also released this year. The band is finding time to work on their fifth recording to be called Fatherland. I think it's a bit too many things happening in a short period of time, and I believe that with more time, better individual albums would have resulted. Actually, Songs of Yore is the best I've heard from Folkearth this year. With that being said, none of their releases are bad, but they have done better before.

Like Folkodia, Father of Victory has its moment were refinement is missing, while some parts seem to be missing focus or being muddy. This is especially noticeable in the faster and heavier moments. On about half of the songs, a drum machine was used instead of a real drummer, which I believe is inappropriate for this kind of music. With twenty musicians involved, and all their talent plus the variety of the instruments they are playing, I believe a more refined and epic opus could have resulted. On Father and Victory, distorted guitars, strong bass and rasps meet clean chants, female voices, operatic at times, plus lots of organic instruments. In this last category, one can hear: acoustic guitars, 12 strings, cello, violin, flutes, recorded and pipes. Many songs are quite good in fact, like: "The Forlorn Knight", "Sleipnir", "What Glory Remains", "Wallachia Warlord" and "Carmilla Bellica". My vote goes for the title track though, for the wind, flute, acoustic guitars and those great epic vocals, all of which representing so well what Folkearth stands for.

All in all, a good release, but their best opus this year is definitely the acoustic album, Songs of Yore .

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