Elynna
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05.30.20 Obscure Folk Metal Gems12.05.19 Elynna's Top Ten of 2019
12.12.18 Elynna's Top Ten of 201812.15.17 Elynna's Top Ten of 2017
12.19.16 Elynna's Top Ten of 2016

Obscure Folk Metal Gems
1Duskmourn
Legends


Epic folk metal from New Jersey (2014).

Link: https://duskmourn.bandcamp.com/album/legends

Their sophomore album is amazing as well: https://duskmourn.bandcamp.com/album/of-shadow-and-flame
2Lor
In Forgotten Sleep


Progressive power / folk metal from Philadelphia (2017).

Link: https://halloflor.bandcamp.com/album/in-forgotten-sleep

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
3Wuthering Heights
The Shadow Cabinet


Progressive power / folk metal from Denmark (2006).

A near masterpiece.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVo7La06N1g
4Allelic
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
5Ifing
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
6Einherjer
Blot


Viking folk metal from Norway (2003).

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9smOHNeFkE
7Aiumeen Basoa
Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik


Folk metal from Spain (2010).

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if8wTiDNeD0
8DorDeDuh
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
9Fejd
Eifur


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
10Fjoergyn
Ernte im Herbst


Symphonic black / folk metal from Germany (2005).

Link: https://fjoergyn.bandcamp.com/album/ernte-im-herbst
11Vallendusk
Fortress of Primal Grace


Melodic black/ folk metal from Indonesia (2018).

Link: https://vallenduskmusic.bandcamp.com/album/fortress-of-primal-grace
12Onmyo-Za
Maou Taiten


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).
13Cnoc An Tursa
The Giants Of Auld


Folk metal from the UK (2013).

Link: https://candlelightrecordsuk.bandcamp.com/album/the-giants-of-auld
14Helengard
Helengard


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
15Mistur
In Memoriam


Melodic black/ viking metal from Norway (2016).

Great riffs and melodies in the vein of the legendary Windir.

Link: https://mistur.bandcamp.com/album/in-memoriam
16Dalriada
Jégbontó


Symphonic power / folk metal from Hungary (2006).

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ang5Emtf4PU
17Runic
Liar Flags


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
18Selvans
Lupercalia


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
19SIG:AR:TYR
Northen


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
20Nahtram
An Ominous Journey


Instrumental / symphonic folk metal from Germany (2018).

Link: https://nahtram.bandcamp.com/
21Skyclad
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.
22Finsterforst
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
23Vorna
Sateet palata saavat


Melodic black / folk metal from Finland (2019).

Link: https://vornalfr.bandcamp.com/album/sateet-palata-saavat
24Estatic Fear
Somnium Obmutum


Symphonic doom metal / dark folk from Austria (1996).

A hauntingly beautiful release with the title track being a masterpiece.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSpLGDYHgl4
25Nachtreich/Spectral Lore
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.

Link: https://nachtreich.bandcamp.com/album/nachtreich-spectral-lore-the-quivering-lights
26Forefather
Steadfast


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.

Link: https://forefather.bandcamp.com/album/steadfast
27Bucovina
Sub Stele


Folk metal from Romania (2013).

Link: https://bucovina.bandcamp.com/album/sub-stele
28Krampus
Survival of the Fittest


Melodic death / celtic metal from Italy (2012).

On Spotify and Apple Music.
29Atlas Pain
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
30Antti Martikainen
Throne of the North


Orchestral / folk metal from Finland (2015).

Link: https://anttimartikainen.bandcamp.com/album/throne-of-the-north
31Tuatha de Danann
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!

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xF-BUImy144
32Valhalore
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.

Link: https://valhalore.bandcamp.com/album/voyage-into-eternity
33Fu Xi
In The Quiet Road


Doom metal / Chinese folk from China (2009).

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onlsbO3TmlI
34Heol Telwen
An Deiz Ruz


Blackened celtic metal from France (2005).

Link: https://heoltelwen.bandcamp.com/
35Nucleus Torn
Knell


Progressive folk / folk metal from Switzerland (2008).

Link: https://nucleus-torn.bandcamp.com/album/knell
36Wormwood
Ghostlands - Wounds From A Bleeding Earth


Melodic black / folk metal from Sweden (2017).

Link: https://non-serviam-records.bandcamp.com/album/ghostlands-wounds-from-a-bleeding-earth
37Mithotyn
In The Sign Of The Ravens


Viking folk / melodic black metal from Sweden (1997).

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OwjL06m34Y
38Wallachia
Shunya


Melodic black / folk metal from Norway (2012).

Link: https://wallachia.bandcamp.com/album/shunya
39Draugnim
Vulturine


Viking / pagan black metal from Finland (2016).

Link: https://draugnimfi.bandcamp.com/album/vulturine
40Zgard
Totem


Pagan black metal from Ukraine (2015).

Rec'd by blou52

Link: https://zgardofficial.bandcamp.com/album/totem-2015
41Arkona (RUS)
Goi, Rode, Goi!


Female fronted blackened folk metal from Russia (2009).

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1qTsAGwquc
42Nechochwen
Heart of Akamon


Pagan black metal / dark folk from West Virginia (2015).

Link: https://nechochwen.bandcamp.com/album/heart-of-akamon
43Can Bardd
The Last Rain


Atmospheric black / folk metal from Switzerland (2019).

Link: https://canbardd.bandcamp.com/album/the-last-rain
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