Wow, those guys rule, such a unique sound! It's like listening to metal while there is a kung-fu movie ( or Big Trouble in Little China ) going on in the background. Amazing sound, who would have thought they were from Australia!! Unbelievable!! Mind blowingly unique!
I like lots of folk metal, Skyclad are the kings, they started it all yet too many folks who like folk metal don't listen to them cause they aren't in the cliche black/pagan/folk style. That stuff is so cliche anymore it bores me to tears. Sadly the labels push that stuff so much, unless you do your research you will miss out on some amazing folk metal bands.
I think the reason it bores me is cause I used to listen to a lot of Mithotyn and Ancient Rites, which are two of the most unique sounding bands musically for that style. Jaldaboath
rules, so clever it's amazing. Skilltron
is also another great band. I respect Orphaned Land a lot, Enisferum has a cool sound, but sadly I can't tell their albums apart musically. Turisas is also another very interesting band. Spellblast
from italy is like Blind Guardian doing folk metal, so I recommend anyone who likes that style to check them out. Scythia is a great Celtic folk band, very versatile. Vicious Crusade
from Belarus also has a lot of Folk elements mixed with Gothic at times. Wolfchant were great before they got the rebellion singer and now are amazing. In Extremo is cleverly unique at times. Minotaurus
is German, Celtic folk metal with medieval vibe. Cruachan
is one of the first folk metal bands and deserve some love. Excelsis
is like a folk metal Grave Digger at times. Tuatha de Danann will make you jig for sure. Angeli di Pietra
is like the folk metal Nightwish.
Don't forget that folkies also have Primordial to look forward too. I agree with WizBeast, prog fans are pretty screwed this year, they need a representative or two.