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Folkodia: Battlecry

Formed back in 2007, this international Viking horde is now presenting their third album. Members of this act are coming from countries such as: United States, Australia, Germany, Canada, Greece and Switzerland.

This music is being classified as folk/Viking metal, and the cover art, booklet, lyrics and musical direction are all fitting into that style. Besides the muscular metal trio of distorted guitars, drums and bass, the musicians incorporate more traditional instruments. You can hear a variety of tonalities coming from flutes, bag pipes, mouth harp, mandola, acoustic guitars, harp and the likes throughout this new disc. Most of the times, the compositions are walking a moderate metronome, but the faster times are also showing up here and there. The lead vocals are normally of the harsher, manly type with some clean ones (male and female) on occasions. Personally, I would have preferred hearing more of their folksy side rather than their metal side. It is true that Folkodia has also released a more acoustic/folksy album called Forgotten Lore after this disc. I felt there was something creating a bit of confusion, harmonically speaking on their previous work, and this is repeating here, but I was able to pinpoint the problem this time. The musicians have a tendency to put too much at the same time in one song. What they commonly do is to add two or three lead parts together, all at the same time. For instances, you can hear a guitar lead/solo while a lead female vocalist is singing or while a lead guitar is playing, you have bagpipes and tin whistle leads going on. This makes the listening experience a bit hard to digest, so to speak. The songwriters should consider making the compositions easier on the listener next time around. If they have too many lead parts written, then find melodies to accompany them in separate tunes.

Other than that, Battlecry generally remains well in the vein of the folk/Viking tradition.


Tracklisting:
1- Eagle's Blood
2- Battlecry
3- Blood-Red Axes
4- The Celestial Giants
5- Hunter in the Wild
6- The Celestial Hosts
7- The Oath of the Runes
8- Invoking the Sidhe
9- Pale Prince On a Moonlit Shore
10- The Hour of Wrath
11- Sword in Hand

Added: June 20th 2011
Reviewer: Denis Brunelle
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Related Link: Stygian Crypt
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Language: english

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