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Review: Folkearth - A Nordic Poem
A Nordic Poem

Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year released: 2004
Duration: 40:00
Tracks: 10
Genre: Folk/Viking


Review online: March 8, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 3.44/5 (68.89%) (9 Votes)

Folkearth is definitely one hell of an interesting act to follow and the true Folk/Viking metal fans are most likely to agree. Gathering musicians from some of the most important European countries that have made a major impact in this style such as Lithuania, Switzerland, Austria and of course, Sweden where a lot of the artists on this debut are hailing from.

Main man and overall great composer/musician, Swedish multi-instrumentalist Magnus Wohlfart (Yggdrasil) composed just about all the music beside doing the mixing and mastering, while Marios Koutsoukos (Dol Amorth) is the one behind the lyrics. Magnus actually wrote the lyrics on track #8, "Gryningssang", in his native tongue. Although this album is somewhat rougher and not as refined as their well acclaimed successors, A Nordic Poem contains all the ingredients of what this "act" is able to produce. Good songwriting, great vocals including clean male ones, female and rasps, acoustic guitars, traditional and classical instruments (cello, violin, pipes, mouth harp, tin whistle etc...) and muscular riffs, bass and drums. All of this creating the foundation of what Folkearth has become: a very interesting and varied multi country Folk/Viking metal consortium. Perhaps not as flamboyant as By the Sword of My Father and Drakkars in the Mist , A Nordic Poem still has its great moments on such tracks as "Horned Trolls and Mystical Folks", "In Odin's Court", "Storm Ravens Come" and "Gryningssang".

Folkearth have just released their fourth album called Father of Victory and I've heard a couple of tracks on Myspace and it really sounded like a great new addition from this always interesting Folk horde.

More about Folkearth...
Review: A Nordic Poem (reviewed by Lars Christiansen)
Review: Balder's Lament (reviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Review: Drakkars in the Mist (reviewed by Pagan Shadow)
Review: Father of Victory (reviewed by Pagan Shadow)
Review: Fatherland (reviewed by Pagan Shadow)
Review: Rulers of the Sea (reviewed by Pagan Shadow)
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