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Epic folk metal from New Jersey (2014).
Their sophomore album is amazing as well: https://duskmourn.bandcamp.com/album/of-shadow-and-flame
In Forgotten Sleep
Progressive power / folk metal from Philadelphia (2017).
Last week the band also released a nice little EP, check out Mars' wonderful review for it. Link: https://halloflor.bandcamp.com/album/edge-of-eternity
The Shadow Cabinet
Progressive power / folk metal from Denmark (2006).
A near masterpiece.
À Contre Vent
Blackened folk metal from Montréal (2020).
Wonderful and captivating blackened folk from a fellow sputhead. Link: https://allelic.bandcamp.com/album/contre-vent
Against This Weald
Folk metal from Michigan (2014).
Excellent Moonsorrow/Wilderun-esque folk metal. The track 'Realms Forged' is a masterpiece. Link: https://ifing.bandcamp.com/album/against-this-weald-2
Viking folk metal from Norway (2003).
Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik
Folk metal from Spain (2010).
Dar De Duh
Pagan black metal / Romanian folk from Romania (2012).
Great project from former Negura Bunget members. Link: https://dordeduh.bandcamp.com/album/dar-de-duh-2
Nordic folk rock from Sweden (2010).
Technically this isn't folk metal, but it still deserves a mention since it's remarkably heavy. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWzijEnDcvc
Ernte im Herbst
Symphonic black / folk metal from Germany (2005).
Fortress of Primal Grace
Melodic black/ folk metal from Indonesia (2018).
Heavy metal / Japanese folk from Japan (2007).
Very consistent and obscure folk metal from Japan with male and female vocals. These guys have an amazing discography so check them out if you enjoy this one! All their albums got added to Apple Music last month (might be on Spotify aswell).
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The Giants Of Auld
Folk metal from the UK (2013).
Folk metal from Russia (2010).
Amazing sideproject from Kauans mastermind Anton Belov. His wife Alina Belova does the vocals. Link: https://helengard.bandcamp.com/album/helengard
Melodic black/ viking metal from Norway (2016).
Great riffs and melodies in the vein of the legendary Windir.
Symphonic power / folk metal from Hungary (2006).
Melodic death / folk metal from Spain (2006).
One of my favorite melodeath albums for sure. Very similar to early Ensiferum. Link: https://runic-spain.bandcamp.com/releases
Pagan black metal from Italy (2015).
The perfect hybrid between folk, symphonies and atmospheric black metal. Also props for Dimorphic for introducing me to this band through his review. Link: https://avantgardemusic.bandcamp.com/album/lupercalia
Folk metal from Canada (2016).
This one-man project (and one of my all-time favorite bands) helmed by Daemonskald released nothing but amazing records. This one, however, holds a very special place in my heart for personal reasons. The music is similar to Primordial. Link: https://sigartyr.bandcamp.com/album/northen
An Ominous Journey
Instrumental / symphonic folk metal from Germany (2018).
Prince of the Poverty Line
Heavy/ folk metal from the UK (1994).
One simply cannot make a folk metal list without referring to the grandfathers/grandmothers of the genre itself. Skyclad's magnum opus 'Prince of the Poverty Line' deserves much more recognition as it still stands, 26 years later, as one of the best releases folk metal has to offer.
Available on Spotify and Apple Music.
Zum Tode Hin
Viking metal from Germany (2009).
I always tend to think of this band as a 'slightly inferior, but still awesome Moonsorrow with accordion'. The follow-up to this, Rastlos, is also highly recommended. Link: https://finsterforst.bandcamp.com/album/zum-tode-hin
Sateet palata saavat
Melodic black / folk metal from Finland (2019).
Symphonic doom metal / dark folk from Austria (1996).
A hauntingly beautiful release with the title track being a masterpiece.
The Quivering Lights
Atmospheric black metal / dark folk from Germany/Greece (2014).
Probably the least black metal Spectral Lore has ever sounded. An acoustic, folky, ambient and beautiful piece of music with Nachtreich's tracks being the highlights.
Melodic black / folk metal from the UK (2008).
This masterpiece of 'Anglo-Saxon metal' is everything you want from a folk metal release: epic, catchy, amazing productionwise and furious riffs. Shame these guys never perform live.
Folk metal from Romania (2013).
Survival of the Fittest
Melodic death / celtic metal from Italy (2012).
On Spotify and Apple Music.
What the Oak Left
Symphonic folk metal from Italy (2017).
Everything you want current Equilibrium to sound like. Their follow up 'Tales of a Pathfinder' is also very enjoyable. Link: https://scarletrecords.bandcamp.com/album/what-the-oak-left
Throne of the North
Orchestral / folk metal from Finland (2015).
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Trova di Danú
Celtic metal / celtic folk from Brazil (2004).
By a landmile the cheesiest album on the list. The perfect mix between happy, danceable celtic folk and cheesy power metal vocals. And I love it!
Voyage into Eternity
Symphonic folk metal from Australia (2017).
As manosg has said in his soundoff: this album is highly addictive, epic and is the perfect showcase how to integrate folk elements with melodies.
In The Quiet Road
Doom metal / Chinese folk from China (2009).
An Deiz Ruz
Blackened celtic metal from France (2005).
Progressive folk / folk metal from Switzerland (2008).
Ghostlands - Wounds From A Bleeding Earth
Melodic black / folk metal from Sweden (2017).
In The Sign Of The Ravens
Viking folk / melodic black metal from Sweden (1997).
Melodic black / folk metal from Norway (2012).
Viking / pagan black metal from Finland (2016).
Pagan black metal from Ukraine (2015).
Rec'd by blou52
Goi, Rode, Goi!
Female fronted blackened folk metal from Russia (2009).
Heart of Akamon
Pagan black metal / dark folk from West Virginia (2015).
The Last Rain
Atmospheric black / folk metal from Switzerland (2019).