Earlier this fall, on October 30th specifically, the French ten-person folk metal/Celtic punk outfit Barbar’O’Rhum released their second full-length album, Journal de B’O’R, via Mannequin Vanity Records. Shortly following the release of their new album, which has an ample amount of history of pirates both musically and lyrically intertwined into it, I was given the pleasure to talk to the band’s mastermind Capitaine Barbedrut about everything from his and the band’s influences/inspirations all the way to how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the band’s ten members this turbulent year.Continue reading Interview With Barbar’O’Rhum’s Capitaine Barbedrut
By Samuel Stevens & Kyle Erickson
Release Date: July 10, 2020
Genre: Folk Metal, Viking Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
The Finnish folk metal legends Ensiferum are readying the release of their eighth full length album, Thalassic. The Greek word Thalassic translates to, “of or relating to the sea.” This marks Ensiferum’s first album to ever revolve around one set theme, this theme being water or the sea. The idea of the album revolving around one central theme was that of bassist Sami Hinkka. Hinkka has always been in charge of the band’s lyrics for some time now and once again tackled them head on. He brought the idea to the band as the initial songwriting of the album began and the other members enjoyed it so much, they rolled with it. The band is always reinventing their sound and with band’s newest addition to the line up, Pekka Montin (keyboards, clean vocals) has breathed new life into the band’s songwriting overall.
By Samuel Stevens
Release Date: June 26, 2020
Genre: Folk Metal, Power Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Swedish folk/power metal quintet return with their ninth and final album, From A Dying Ember. The band after twenty years together, announced their sudden disbandment on June 11th, voicing that they created this eleven track effort with the full intent of making the best possible Falconer album the five of them could possibly deliver after such a storied career. Even adding some instruments to their music, that the band has always wanted to include in their songwriting to achieve an extra medieval and folky vibe to their sound. Falconer’s latest release was once again produced, mixed, and mastered by Andy LaRocque, guitarist of King Diamond. The album was also recorded at LaRocque’s own, Sonic Train Studio.
Finnish folk metal band Ensiferum is gearing up for their 25th anniversary and the release of their 8th studio album, Thalassic, on July 10th via Metal Blade Records. Frontman Petri Lindroos and I spoke over Skype about the new album and where Ensiferum is at musically in 2020.Continue reading A Conversation With Ensiferum’s Petri Lindroos