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Review: Metsatöll - Ulg

Label: SpineFarm Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 43:34
Tracks: 11
Genre: Folk Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: February 3, 2012
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating

Rated 3.29/5 (65.71%) (7 Votes)

I'm still waiting for a native-language Folk Metal act to knock Dalriada and their Igéret album off their perch, and though Estonia's Metsatöll have all the right ingredients, my wish remains unfulfilled. Ulg, or The Howl, is the band's fifth album, and it picks up where Aio left off, though this time things seem a little more primal. Folk Metal in this stripped-down style always feels more earthen to me, and there is a certain Pagan element to this that brings to mind sprawling images of cold mornings at Stonehenge.

With clean, bardic vocals in their native tongue and good use of traditional instruments, Ulg works well enough, with the typical trappings of the Folk Metal world, but there is no stand-out track or melody; all of them serve their purpose. Metsatöll are among a handful of acts fusing this style with traditional, proto-production, and it works a treat to create atmosphere, but I'm afraid they are going to have to pull something really impressive out of the bag to give Dalriada a run for their money.

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