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“By The Sword Of My Father” by Folkearth

Artist: Folkearth
Title: “By The Sword Of My Father”
Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Folk/Viking Metal
Rating: 4/5

The majesty and grandeur of Folk and Viking Metal has never been as vividly portrayed by any other group when compared to that of the Metal ensemble group Folkearth. The reason for such a bold statement is based on the groups staggering thirty one members from no less than eight different countries around the world and due to the fact that some of the best players in both genres are among its membership roster. The resulting recording is as massive as its membership would offer insight to and just as enjoyable when it comes down to it. “By The Sword Of My Father” is the second release by the group and has great inclusions such as “The Death Of Beowulf” and “Domain Of The Darksome Ravens”. If you were a fan of this kind of stuff before or only heard of it via Finntroll, Korpiklaani and Skyclad then this is right up the alley of your interest. The title track itself is heavy and brooding at times but the simply named “Instrumental” makes you feel as though you ride on open fields into glorious battle or adventure and while I love spirited vocal numbers an instrumental like this wins me over easily. Some of the album makes you wonder how it would be possible to deliver this in the live sense and perhaps if done as some sort of Broadway style production in a sizable theatre it could very well work. Tribute is offered up to the Viking Gods on the song bearing the same name and it comes off as a strong drinking and “HAILS” track.
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