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A Folkin' Metal Tourney

This will probably flop since this site seems to hate Folk M/ but I figure this could be a nice way to open everyone up to some hidden gems. Same idea as the black metal tourney I did a while back. You nominate a little known album (preferably under 30 ratings but we can adjust the number since it might be tough with this genre) and give a little description of why you think the album rules. 16 nominations will be accepted and then the matchups begin. If you nominate an album for the tourney make sure you're ready to be in for the long haul and actually listen to each album that gets nominated and vote in the rounds. Even if you don't nominate an album you are free to join in the listening and voting. Questions and nominations can be posted in the comments :)
Sailing the Seas of Fate

SCREAM! - You could argue about this being an acoustic folk album with metal bits thrown in rather than the opposite. The bare sound of the accoustic guitar creates a bleak atmosphere with electric guitars coming in to add power to certain passages. The album feels like a pagan army marching towards a battle they know they will not win. IVery atmospheric (almost ambient in parts), bleak and purposeful.
2Downfall of Nur
Umbras de Barbagia

Trollskau, skromt og kolabrenning

Hawks - A forgotten gem (at least on Sputnik) in the Norwegian folk/black metal genre. Think of a mix between early Borknagar and Enslaved with some traditional folk instruments thrown in and a mixture of harsh and clean vox. m/
Cosmic Genesis

Spirit the Earth Aflame

MO - A folk black metal album that combines the two styles perfectly. Primordial bring about some very impressive instrumentation which is actually quite varied for the style they are playing, keeping everything fresh but very well fleshed out. The overall atmosphere of the album is highly addictive and it sjcks you right in for its entire duration without letting go.
Tuatha Na Gael

Cry to Me River

Porcupinetheater - Seems to always capture the feeling of a cold morning in early spring somewhere in Northern Europe. One of the best fusings of intermittent folk instrumentation with a central core lit up with that metal anger.

Thibs - Neo-folk black metal album released in 2014 which was seriously overlooked. Mostly acoustic guitar and violins with spoken German vocals (which may be off-putting to some). The band meld classical acoustics with black metal very effectively and created one of the most emotional and passionate albums of 2014
Olden Tales & Deathly Trails

HellPriest - A very American folk metal album. It avoids all the worst trappings of folk metal. It's not twee or jolly. Excellent clean vocals contrast with deathly grunts. They have been likened to Opeth with folk, but Opeth was rarely this adventurous. Wilderun proves that one can play folk metal without resorting to bar room jigs.

TheSpirit - black/folk/viking metal featuring members of Vreid and Windir... Need I say more?
De Gjenlevende

GameofMetal -De Gjenlevende - Epic folk/black metal that calls to mind Bergtatt era Ulver and perhaps a sprinkling of Windir, with tons of sublime orchestrations to keep things as grand as possible.

Hal1ax -Straight forward, well executed blackened folk / viking metal from Sweden. An array of vocal approaches course through this album, ranging from raspy black metal shrieks to angelic chants from the bands female vocalist. This record also displays Irminsul's masterful and gorgeous violin, fiddle, and acoustic work.
13Estatic Fear
Somnium Obmutum

ComeToDaddy - A mish-mash of doom, black and symphonic metal sprinkled over folk, you'll find a huge range of styles incorporated over the album's runtime. From classical breaks, to plodding doom segments, to huge climaxes built around flute melodies and gorgeous female vocals, you have a giant melting pot of a thousand different things that still comes out coherent and balanced. One of the best combinations of folk and metal you're likely to find anywhere.
Zapomniane kurhany

OvDeath - really fuckin tight but over-the-top ancient true FOLK with raw black metal riffing and tortured howls to the moon
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