Lord Divine – Facing Chaos Review

GenrePower Metal
Release Date5 Feb 2019
Record LabelFighter

One thing I hate more than anything else is the fact that a shitty singer can ruin an otherwise awesome band. This is the case, unfortunately, in Lord Divine’s fifth album: Facing Chaos. The intros are great, the rhythm parts are heavy and tight, and there are plenty of interesting backing tracks..

But the god damn focal point of the band is almost unbearable for me. This is Diego Valdez’s (Iron Mask) first record with the Argentinian outfit since joining in 2017. He can hit pitch, but that’s pretty much where his ability ends. He sings in one register and his voice lacks any sort of character. The whole vocal sound is, honestly, very fucking bland.

The overall sound of the album is tried-and-true power metal but with a hefty dose of electronic sounds that fill out the background nicely. There are some really fun instrumental parts, like the piano grove in ‘Beginning of the End’ or the one in the middle of ‘Into My World’, that round out an already-lively album. Lord Divine radiates energy.

Additionally, the solos are damn impressive. There is probably an even split between keyboard and guitar solos, and each one is seriously electric. Diego Palma’s heavy lead tone on the keys earn extra points with me because I just don’t hear it enough these days.

I could talk the shit out of every solo in the album, so I’ll just mention my favourite. I can’t get enough of the solo section in ‘Light Through Darkness’ (which is also my favourite song on the album). It’s long and both the guitar and keys rip it slightly harder than in most of the other tracks.

If it weren’t for Valdez, I probably would have given this song an 8-9. But, as the vocals are routinely in the foreground, I simply couldn’t. The entire band is really solid but Valdez’s musicianship doesn’t come close to matching their efforts. Despite that one rather large problem, this album is definitely a must-listen.

Lord Divine – Intro My World (Fighter Records)

Album Release Calendar

This is a database of 2019 album releases. Genres included are primarily power, folk, heavy, progressive but there are selections from other genres (gothic, metalcore, fusion) that make it on here. Feel free to contact me with something I may have missed (because it’s impossible to keep up with everything).

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6 February:

Claymorean – Sounds from a Dying World [REISSUE] (Power Metal)

8 February:

Herman Frank – Fight the Fear (Heavy Metal)

Rosy Vista – Unbelievable (Heavy Metal/Hard Rock)

Beast in Black – From Hell With Love (Melodic Heavy)

SkeleToon – They Never Say Die (Power Metal)

Thornbridge – Theatrical Masterpiece (Power Metal)

10 February:

Steel Shock – With Fire & Steel (Heavy Metal)

14 February:

Allegro – Puzzled EP (Power Metal)

15 February:

Steel Raiser – Acciaio (Heavy/Power Metal)

Avantasia – Moonglow (Symphonic Power Metal)

Tigersclaw – Force of Destiny (Symphonic Metal)

Ascheregen – Untot (Heavy Metal)

16 February:

Sylvania – Testigos de las estrellas (Power Metal)

19 February:

Vanir – Allfather (Viking/Folk metal)

22 February:

Rhapsody of Fire – The Eighth Mountain (Power Metal)

Pounder – Uncivilized (Heavy Metal)[DEBUT]

Traveller – Traveller (Heavy)[DEBUT]

Sanhedrin – The Poisoner (Heavy Metal)

Booze Control – Forgotten Lands (Heavy Metal)

Dream Theater – Distance over Time (Progressive Metal)

Imperia – Flames of Eternity (Gothic Symphonic)

Mortanius – Till Death Do Us Part (Prog/Power Metal)

Delain – Hunter’s Moon (Symphonic Metal)

25 February:

Salduie – Viros Veramos (Folk Metal)

1 March:

Queensrÿche – The Verdict (Prog/Power Metal)

Darkwater – Human (Melodic Prog/Power Metal)

Athlantis – The Way to Rock ‘n’ Roll (Power Metal)

Raptor – Universos Paralelos (Prog/Heavy Metal)

Icestorm – Saga (Epic Heavy Metal)

Warrior Path – Warrior Path (Heavy/Power Metal)

2 March:

Symfobia – Smog Of Tomorrow (Symphonic Metal)

Letharia – Dietrich EP (Symphonic Power Metal)

3 March:

Alpha Centauri – Return of the Herakleids EP (Epic Heavy Metal)

5 March:

Mileth – Catro Pregarias no Albor da Lua Morta (Folk/Pagan Metal)

8 March:

Iron Fire – Beyond the Void (Heavy Metal)

Tyr – Hel (Prog/Folk Metal)

Stonecast – I Earther (Heavy Metal)

The Raven Age – Conspiracy (Melodic Groove)

Brymir – Wings of Fire (Symphonic MeloDeath)

9 March:

Elvenpath – The Path of the Dark King (Power Metal)

15 March:

Iron Savior – Kill or get Killed (Power Metal)

Haeredium – Ascension (Folk/Power Metal)

Twisted Tower Dire – Wars in the Unknown (Power Metal)

Obsidian Shell – Mooniversary (Gothic Metal)

21 March:

Joe Stump – Symphonic Onslaught (Shred/ Heavy Metal)

22 March:

Battle Beast – No More Hollywood Endings (Heavy Metal)

Bloodbound – Rise of the Dragon Empire (Power Metal)

Burning Rain – Face the Music (Heavy Metal/Hard Rock)

Meridian – Margin of Error (Heavy Metal)

Frozen Crown – Crowned in Frost (Power Metal)

Avalanch – El Secreto (Prog/Power Metal)

Waylander – Eriu’s Wheel (Folk Metal)

28 March:

Vetrar Draugurinn – Hinterlands (Gothic Metal)

29 March:

Silver Bullet – Mooncult (Power Metal)

Yngwie J. Malmsteen – Blue Lightning (Shred/Power Metal)

Anthem – Nucleus (Heavy Metal)

Infinityum – Alliance (Pagan Metal)

1 April:

West of Hell – Blood of the Infidel (Heavy/Power/Thrash Metal)

2 April:

Age of Artemis – Monomyth (Melodic Power Metal)

3 April:

Jupiter – Zeus ~Legends Never Die~ (Symphonic/Neoclassical Power Metal)

Thunderspell – Power, Blood and Glory (Heavy/Power Metal)

4 April:

Atorc – Under the Raven Banner (Folk Metal)

5 April:

Eluveitie – Ategnatos (Folk Metal)

Lightfold – Deathwalkers (Progressive Power Metal)

Edén – El Despertar de los Sueños (Power Metal)

Silverheart – Destination (Power Metal)

Ossian – A reményhozó (Heavy/Power Metal)

10 April:

Hyerathica – Revolution Now (Heavy/Power Metal)

Pathless Land – Lightyears Collide (Progressive Power Metal)

11 April:

Scarlet Valse – Metamorphosis (Symphonic Power Metal)

12 April:

Solarus – Darkest Days (Power Metal)

Valence – Cognitive Dissidents (Progressive Metal/Rock)

13 April:

Northwind Saga – Mythological World (Melodic Power Metal) EP

19 April:

Atlas Pain – Tales of a Pathfinder (Epic Folk Metal)

Black Sites – Exile (Progressive Heavy Metal)

Dayslived – Flectar (Progressive Metal)

True Strength – Sanguinary Vivication (Heavy/Power Metal)

20 April:

Tillian – Lotus Graveyard (Progressive Rock/Metal)

22 April:

Sunroad – Heatstroke (Progressive Metal)

23 April:

Divine Ascension – Evermore (Progressive Power Metal)

24 April:

Papilio Effectus – Trickster (Progressive Metal ) EP

26 April:

Månegarm – Fornaldarsagor (Black/Viking/Folk Metal)

Astral Doors – Worship or Die (Heavy/Power Metal)

Steel Prophet – The God Machine (Heavy/Power Metal)

Asylum Pyre – N°4 (Progressive Power Metal)

Avandra – Descender (Progressive Metal)

Axenstar – End of All Hope (Power Metal)

Qantice – The Anastoria (Symphonic Power Metal)

Tanagra – Meridiem (Progressive Power Metal)

Ravenous – Eat The Fallen (Progresive Power Metal)

Blazon Stone – Hymns of Triumph and Death (Power Metal)

Taken – Unchained (Power Metal)

29 April:

Deep Sun – Das Erbe der Welt (Symphonic Metal)

30 April:

Lord – Fallen Idols (Heavy/Power Metal)

3 May:

Myrath – Shehili (Prog/Folk Metal [Middle Eastern])

Ruthless – Evil Within (Power Metal)

At the Dawn – The Battle to come (Power Metal)

4 May:

Jager – Four Symbols of the Lust (Power Metal)

5 May:

UNLUCKY MORPHEUS – 並行時空の音楽会 (Power Metal)

6 May:

Celestivl – TenTimesTwo (Symphonic Metal)

8 May:

Silver Lake – The Master of Lightning (Progressive Metal)

9 May:

Сварун – Divide ut Regnes (Symphonic Metal)

10 May:

TIR – Metal Shock (Heavy Metal)

Septris – Legacy (Power Metal)

Pulver – Kings Under the Sand (Heavy Metal)

Vultures Vengeance – The Knightlore (Heavy Metal)

Arch / Matheos – Winter Ethereal (Progressive Metal)

Aeon Zen – Inveritas (Progressive Metal)

Legacy of Silence – Our Forests Sing (Folk Metal)

Magnesium – Forging the Armory (Power Metal)

14 May:

Essence of Datum – Spellcrying Machine (Progressive Metal)

17 May:

Haunt – If Icarus Could Fly (Heavy Metal)

Grimgotts – Dragons of the Ages (Symphonic Power Metal)

Floating Worlds – Battleship Oceania (Progressive Metal/Rock Opera)

Amulet – The Inevitable War (Heavy Metal)

Emerald – Restless Souls (Heavy Metal)

Olathia – Snakecharmer (Metalcore)

Pythia – The Solace of Ancient Earth (Symphonic Power Metal)

Riot City – Burn the Night (Heavy Metal)

David T. Chastain – Alternate View (Heavy Metal Shred/Fusion)

Step in Fluid – Back in Business (Progressive Metal/Fusion)

18 May:

Mustakettu – Reformed Honest Men (Folk Metal)

Storm Seeker – Beneath in the Cold (Folk Metal)

20 May:

Power Tale -Огненный бог Марранов (Power Metal)

21 May:

Divisiv – Adharma (Gothic Heavy Metal)

22 May:

Knights of Round – In the Light of Hope (Power Metal)

Concerto Moon – Ouroboros (Neoclassical Power Metal)

Mesmerizer in Flames – Legend of Victory (Progressive Power Metal)

24 May:

Visigoth – Bells of Awakening (Heavy Metal)

Stormhammer – Seven Seals (Power Metal)

Enchantya – On Light and Wrath (Gothic Heavy Metal)

Rendezvous Point – Universal Chaos (Progressive Metal)

Odyssey – The Swarm (Progressive Metal)

Tanith – In Another Time (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)

Answer With Metal – Centralia (Heavy Metal)

25 May:

Silent Winter – The Circles of Hell (Progressive Power Metal)

31 May:

Gloryhammer – Legends from Beyond the Galactic Terror Vortex (Power Metal)

Hidden Lapse – Butterflies (Progressive Power Metal)

Constantine – Aftermath (Various/Shred)

Energema – Magical Force (Power Metal)

Ruler – Descent into Hades (Heavy Metal)

Until Rain – Season V (Progressive Metal)

6 June:

Degrees of Truth – Time Travel Artifact (Symphonic Progressive Metal)

Стожар – Холодом битв в объятья зимы (Folk Metal)

7 June:

Diviner – Realms of Time (Heavy/Power Metal)

Majestica – Above the Sky (Power Metal)

Embrace of Disharmony – De Rervm Natvra (Progressive Metal)

11 June:

Barad Guldur – Frammenti di Oscurita (Folk Metal)

Farcaster – Farcaster (Progressive Metal)

Æternal Requiem – Rise (Power Metal)

12 June:

Mary’s Blood – Confessions (Power Metal)

14 June:

Sweet Oblivion – Sweet Oblivion (Progressive Metal)

Ravensire – A Stone Engraved in Red (Heavy Metal)

Chaos Magic – Furyborn (Symphonic Metal)

Beyond Infinity – Welcome to Infinity (Metalcore/ Melodic Power Metal)

Freternia – The Gathering (Power Metal)

Cremisi – Dawn of a New Era (Symphonic Folk Metal)

Mayfair – Frevel (Progressive Metal)

Nightqueen – Seduction (Symphonic Power Metal)

Merging Flare – Revolt Regime (Heavy Power Metal)

Steignyr – Myths Through the Shadows of Freedom (Celtic Folk Metal)

Starbynary – Divina Commedia – Purgatorio (Progressive Power Metal)

Timo Tolkki’s Avalon – Return to Eden (Symphonic Power Metal)

15 June:

Boudika – Chaos Theory (Symphonic Power Metal)

Darksider – Darksider (Heavy Metal)

Dunedain – Memento Mori (Power Metal)

17 June:

Mighty Thor – Ragnarok (Epic Power Metal)

21 June:

Moonlight Haze – De Rerum Natura (Symphonic Power Metal)

Dreamslave – Rest in Phantasy (Symphonic Metal)

28 June:

Majesty – Legends (Heavy/Power Metal [Pop Metal])

Battle Tales – Lè lèjande dè vêr no (Folk Metal)

Centrilia – In the Name of Nothing (Metalcore)

Harpyie – Aurora (Heavy Folk Metal)

Eternal Breath – World of Chaos (Power Metal)

Stille Volk – Milharis (Celtic Folk Metal)

Dreams in Fragments – Reflections of a Nightmare (Symphonic Metal)

Havamal – Tales from Yggdrasil (Viking Metal)

5 July:

TraumeR – History (Power Metal)

Turilli / Lione Rhapsody – Zero Gravity (Rebirth and Evolution) (Symphonic Power Metal)

By Fire & Sword – Freedom Will Flood All Things with Light (Heavy/Power Metal)

6 July:

Velesar – Dziwadla (Folk Metal)

Infinity Factor – Praise the Juggernaut (Heavy/Power Metal)

7 July:

Last Drakma – Here I Am [EP] (Power Metal)

9 July:

Banshee – The Madness (Power Metal)

10 July:

Gradior – Gradior (Heavy Metal)

12 July:

Mind Key – Mk. III – Aliens in Wonderland (Progressive Power Metal)

Visionatica – Enigma Fire (Symphonic Metal)

Intrinsic Souls – Voices of Mind (Symphonic Metal)

Glasya – Heaven’s Demise (Symphonic Metal)

Hollow Haze – Between Wild Landscapes and Deep Blue Seas (Progressive Metal)

Dream Troll – Second to None (Heavy/Power Metal)

Freighter – The Den (Progressive Metal)

ShadowStrike – Legends of Human Spirit (Power Metal)

16 July:

Empyria – Divided [EP] (Progressive Metal)

Elfheim – Hugin’s Drink [EP] (Folk Metal)

19 July:

Sabaton – The Great War (Heavy/Power Metal)

Hellish War – Wine of the Gods (Heavy/Power Metal)

Ривия – Дань героям (Power Metal)

Moonlight Prophecy – Heat Lightning [EP] (Progressive Power Metal)

Nightrider – Rock Machine (Heavy Metal)

Mind of Fury – The Fire (Heavy Metal)

Brocelian – Guardians of Broceliande (Symphonic Metal)

Gates to the Morning – Return to Earth (Progressive Metal)

Valis Ablaze – Render (Progressive Metal)

20 July:

Chaos over Cosmos – Chaos over Cosmos [EP] (Progressive Power Metal)

21 July:

Finis – Finis [EP] (Power/Folk Metal)

25 July:

Morke – Melancholia (Symphonic Gothic Metal)

Control the Storm – Forevermore (Power Metal)

26 July:

The Trigger – The Time of Miracles (Melodic Heavy Metal)

Forlorn Hope – Over the Hills (Heavy/Power Metal)

Arcane Tyrant – War at the Edge of Time (Heavy/Power Metal)

Hellscream – Hate Machine (Heavy/Power Metal)

27 July:

Stormrider – What Lies Within [EP] (Heavy Metal)

Cantus Levitas – Auf Grund (Folk Metal)

30 July:

Desert – Fortune Favors the Brave (Heavy Power Metal)

1 August:

Lord – Fallen Idols (Heavy/Power Metal)

2 August:

Narnia – From Darkness to Light (Power Metal)

NorthTale – Welcome to Paradise (Power Metal)

Crystal Ball – 2020 (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)

Finsterforst – Zerfal (Post-Black/Folk Metal)

Egor Lappo – Azimuth (Progressive Metal)

Levania – Episode 0 [EP] (Gothic Metal)

3 August:

Sellsword – …Unto the Breach (Power Metal)

8 August:

Retournelle – Эхо времени (Gothic Metal)

9 August:

Unprocessed – Artificial Void (Jam/Progressive Metal)

Hemina – Night Echoes (Progressive Metal)

14 August:

Ark Royal – Arise [EP] (Power Metal)

16 August:

Hammerfall – Dominion (Heavy/Power Metal)

Dialith – Extinction Six (Symphonic Power Metal)

Tarchon Fist – Apocalypse (Heavy Metal)

Twilight Force – Dawn of the Dragonstar (Power Metal)

Parallel Dimension – Angular Perceptions (Progressive Metal)

23 August:

Equilibrium – Renegades (Epic Folk Metal)

Freedom Call – M.E.T.A.L. (Power Metal)

Scimitar – Shades of Man (Pagan Metal)

Cemican – In Ohtli Teoyohtica In Miquiztli (Progressive Power/Folk Metal)

Shiver of Frontier – Can You See the World? (Power Metal)

Ivory Tower – Stronger (Progressive Power Metal)

Astralium – Land of Eternal Dreams (Symphonic Power Metal)

Helvetets Port – From Life to Death (Heavy Metal)

30 August:

Tarja – In the Raw (Symphonic Metal/Rock)

Visions of Atlantis – Wanderers (Symphonic Power Metal)

Elvenking – Reader of the Runes: Divination (Power/Folk Metal)

1 September:

Ancient Empire – Wings of the Fallen (Heavy Metal)

Khepri – Bellymetal Vol. 2 (Progressive Metal {Middle Eastern})

2 September:

Unbound – Prophecy (Power Metal)

3 September:

DEgITx – Digital Hell (Electronic Power Metal)

Metatron – Romelin (Symphonic Power Metal)

Shades of Sorrow – Paradox (Melodic Heavy Metal)

5 September:

Beyond the Labrynth – Brand New Start (Heavy Metal) [EP]

6 September:

Stevie D feat Corey Glover – Torn From the Pages (Hard Rock/Funk Metal)

Sonata Arctica – Talviyo (Power Metal)

Divided Multitude – Faceless Aggressor (Progressive Metal)

Everfrost – Winterider (Power Metal)

Liv Sin – Burning Sermons (Heavy Metal)

Transylvania – II (Heavy Metal) [EP]

13 September:

The Hu – The Gereg (Mongolian Folk Metal)

Centurion – Centurion (Progressive Heavy Metal)

Saint Deamon – Ghost (Power Metal)

Wasted – Electrified (Heavy Metal)

14 September:

Heaven Denies – The Essence of Power Pt. 1 (Power Metal)

20 September:

Gus G – Live in Budapest – Part 1 (Heavy Metal/Shred) [EP]

Ereb Altor – Jartecken (Viking/Black Metal)

Holy Dragons – Unholy and Saints (Heavy Power Metal)

Kobra and the Lotus – Evolution (Heavy Metal)

Michael Schenker Fest – Revelation (Heavy Metal/Hard Rock)

Soul of Steel – Rebirth (Power Metal)

Waterland – Darklight in Riverwood (Power Metal)

Crow’s Flight – Storm (Melodic Heavy Metal)

Dead Kosmonaut – Recviem (Heavy Metal) [EP]

Mystery Blue – 8RED (Heavy Metal)

23 September:

Beyond Forgiveness – Live to Tell the Story (Symphonic Metal)

25 September:

Cerebellar Rondo – The Realizing (Power Metal)

27 September:

DragonForce – Extreme Power Metal (Power Metal)

Wind Rose – Wintersaga (Power/Folk Metal)

Excalion – Emotions (Power Metal)

Borknagar – True North (Viking Metal)

Prime Creation – Tears of Rage (Heavy Metal)

Starborn – Savage Peace (Power Metal)

Vorna – Sateet Palata Saavat (Pagan Metal)

Sarpedon – Before the Nightingale Sings (Progressive Metal)

Sleeping in Traffic – That Which [Saves]/[Destroys] Us (Progressive Metal [Dual EP]

Vortex – Them Witches (Heavy Metal)

1 October:

High Moonlight – Arcturians (Heavy Metal) [EP]

2 October:

Sereptah – Acoustic (Progressive Power Metal)

4 October:

Iron Kingdom – On the Hunt (Heavy Metal)

Chur – Four-Faced (Folk Metal)

Yurei – Saudade (Progressive Metal)

Dawn of Destiny – The Beast Inside (Power Metal)

Fought Upon Earth – Grave Miscalculation (Progressive Metal)

Knightmare – Space Knights (Heavy Power Metal)

The Fall of Eve – Nevermore (Symphonic Metal) [EP]

6 October:

Midnight Force – Gododdin (Heavy Metal)

Iron Attack! – Japonism (Progressive Power Metal)

9 October:

MistFolk – Королева воронья (Folk Metal)

Orthanc – Carnival (Heavy Metal)

Vinnie Moore – Soul Shifter (Shred)

11 October:

The Ferrymen – A New Evil (Power Metal)

Eclipse – Paradigm (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)

Ethereal Kingdoms – Hollow Mirror (Symphonic Metal)

Screamer – Highway of Heroes (Heavy Metal)

Silent Call – Windows (Progressive Metal)

Stargate – The Dream (Heavy Power Metal)

Unleash the Archers – Explorers (Power Metal) [EP]

FireForce – The Iron Brigade (Power Metal) [EP]

Vanden Plas – The Ghost Xperiment: Awakening (Progressive Metal)

15 October:

Arcane Tales – Power of the Sky (Symphonic Power Metal)

16 October:

Magistina Saga -Invite in the Story (Symphonic Gothic Metal) [EP]

18 October:

Nifrost – Blykrone (Viking Metal)

Danger Zone – Dont Count on Heroes (Heavy Power Metal)

Induction – Induction (Power Metal)

Aerodyne – Damnation (Heavy Metal)

Rexoria – Ice Breaker (Heavy Metal)

23 October:

Galneryus – Into the Purgatory (Power Metal)

25 October:

Edenbridge – Dynamind (Symphonic Metal)

Metalite – Biomechanicals (Melodic Metal)

Moon Chamber – Lore of the Land (Heavy Metal)

Noveria – Aequilibrium (Progressive Power Metal)

Savage Master – Myth, Magic, and Steel (Heavy Metal)

Millennium – A New World (Heavy Metal)

Steve Blower – Back in Hell (Heavy Metal)

Turbokill – Vice World (Heavy Metal)

Hevisaurus – Bändikouluun! (Heavy Power Metal)

Dragonfly – Zeitgeist (Heavy Power Metal)

Cathubodua – Continuum (Symphonic Metal)

Vision Divine – When All the Heroes Are Dead (Progressive Power Metal)

Velvet Viper – The Pale Man is Holding a Boken Heart (Heavy Power Metal)

28 October:

Ironsword – In the Coils of Set (Heavy Metal) [EP]

31 October:

Apotheus – The Far Star (Progressive Metal)

Horizon’s End – Skeleton Keys (Progressive Metal)

1 November:

Angel Witch – Angel of Light (Heavy Metal)

Legendry – The Wizard and the Tower Keep (Heavy Power Metal)

Wilderun – Veil of Imagination (Symphonic Folk Metal)

Voyager – Colours in the Sun (Progressive Metal)

Wotan – The Song of the Nibelungs (Heavy Metal)

8 November:

Blind Guardian Twilight Orchestra – Legacy of the Dark Lands (Orchestral Metal)

The Dark Element – Songs the Night Sings (Melodic Metal)

Pretty Maids – Undress Your Madness (Heavy Metal)

Terminus – A Single Point of Light (Heavy Metal)

14 November:

Great Master – Skull and Bones – Tales from Over the Seas (Power Metal)

15 November:

Conjuring Fate – Curse of the Fallen (Heavy Power Metal)

CyHra – No Halos in Hell (Melodic Metal)

Scarleth – Vortex (Symphonic Metal)

Subterfuge – Prometheus (Progressive Metal)

22 November:

Crystal Viper – Tales of Fire and ice (Heavy Metal)

Eleine – All Shall Burn (Symphonic Metal) [EP]

Magic Kingdom – MetAlmighty (Power Metal)

Redline – Gods and Monsters (Heavy Metal)

Signum Regis – The Seal of a New World (Progressive Power Metal)

Thunder and Lightning – Demonicorn (Power Metal)

29 November:

Coronatus – The Eminence of Nature (Symphonic Folk Metal)

6 December:

Brothers of Metal – Emblas Saga (Heavy Power Metal)

Crystal Eyes – Starbourne Traveler (Power Metal)

Power Theory – Force of Will (Heavy Power Metal)

Running Wild – Crossing the Blades (Heavy Power Metal) [EP]

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Seven Great New Folk Metal Bands

With long-standing bands like Elvenking and Equilibrium still putting out quality albums, it’s evident that folk metal is alive and well. The following is a diverse list of folk metal bands formed in the past five years that prove that the legacy of the genre is in good hands.

KormaK – Italy, 2014

The metal put forth by KormaK is some truly heavy stuff. Their first album, Faerenus, was released in June 2018. Beyond the deep content and melodic death metal sound, leading lady Zaira de Candia’s harsh vocals take KormaK to another level; her sheer versatility is already enough to impress, but, man, can this woman growl. The acoustic parts are tasteful and the songwriting is anything but one-dimensional.

Despite having since released one new single, entitled ‘Brigante se More’, KormaK will surely leave you impatiently waiting for their next record.

KormaK – Faerenus (Rockshots Records)

Blodiga Skald – Italy, 2014

I love these guys; their act, complete with tacky Norseman garb, super-corny nicknames (such as “The Glorious One” and “Shepherd Tamburine”), and even painted on abs, is exceedingly befitting of a folk band. While the entire band displays impressive technical ability, vocalist Anton Caleniuc (stage name ‘Axuruk “Jejune”‘) deserves some special recognition. Between his hilarious stage presence, throaty growls, and bouncy personality, he adds a special flavour to an already splendid band.

In the wake of so many bands with heavily emotional content, many people seem to forget that one of folk music’s primary purposes is to be fun. Not to worry, however, because Blodiga Skald will do a fantastic job at reminding you to loosen up.

Blodiga Skald – Panapiir (Soundage Productions)

Cronica – Poland, 2014

With three vocalists, a violin, keyboards, and flute parts, Cronica’s Na Tej Ziemi (October 2016) delivers a beautiful, full-sounding folk tribute with plenty of variety. The feel is light and the electric guitar mixing is toned down, allowing for greater ease in hearing each individual part.

No one musician sticks out, but that only enhances the cohesion of the group as a whole. While not my favourite band on this list, they lack no talent and are surely worth checking out.

Cronica – Śpiący Rycerze

FoxTale – Russia, 2015

Foxtale’s first release, Сказания севера, was put out December 2017. The sound is of the epic, power-metally variety, and, while no one song is exceptional, the album is pleasant to listen to.

FoxTale’s style isn’t anything new, but I can’t share a folk list without a band that sings of the glory and might of the gods (and trolls). The songs are entertaining and structured well enough to keep from being banal.

FoxTale – “Ярость Тора” (В Светлый край EP Version)

Rumproof – Hungary, 2014

No folk metal list could be complete without a healthy dose of pirate metal. Featuring the typical ale-driven shanties and lively instrumentation, Rumproof’s music makes for a much more light-hearted listen than most of the other bands on this list.

Rogues of the Seven Seas was put out in April 2018, delivering all the familiar high-seas antics without boring you into walking the plank. Despite the silly tropes that may seem overdone, Rumproof still does a good job at remaining likable and stays afloat. The band is surprisingly tight, Péter Szűcs’ guitar solos are killer, and the instrumentals are dynamic.

Rumproof – Rogues of the Seven Seas

Chrysilia – Greece, 2015

Chrysilia is the brainchild of lead vocalist Chryso Stamatopoulou and keyboardist/composer Elias Pero. Their first and only full-length album release to date, Et in Arcadia Ego, blends elements of symphonic metal into their own flavour of folk metal, which, combined with the crisp production quality and Stamatopoulou’s soft vocals, creates an more relaxed, immersive experience.

Chrysilia – The Menalon Trail (Feat. Margarita Papadimitriou)

Iomair – Canada, 2017

Canadian prog-folk metallers Iomair came together in late 2017 under the design of multi-talented songwriter, drummer, and clean vocalist Dylan Gowan. The band’s influences range from latin music, to funk, and, in case you haven’t figured out yet, folk and metal.

Iomair’s self-titled album came out in September 2018, with recurring themes of internal reflection and struggle. The violin, played by Laura C. Bates, is prominent throughout, and there are plenty of short, jazzy breaks that set Iomair aside as something new and unique. Despite the sorrowful content, the music seldom conveys too much doom-and-gloom.

Iomair – “Cast Away” (Infamous Butcher Records)


Remember when I said folk metal is meant to be fun? Well, have fun!

Blodiga Skald – Isla Bonita (Madonna Cover) / Colegiala (Tefaccioseccomerda EP)

Stay Metal \m/