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Metsatöll
Hiiekoda

If you’re a folk metal fan and don’t know Metsatöll, I urge you to investigate them. Without really including black metal influences, as many folk bands do, Metsatöll have attacked this style with a higher emphasis on the folk parts, with a running metal undercurrent and instrumentation. Runo and yoik singing, traditional folk instruments and lyrics focusing on Estonian poetry, myths, war etc. provide an intense and mystical atmosphere. English translations are available (the lyrics are all in Estonian), but they’re almost unnecessary, as the band is able to communicate so much through the music and vocal style. With moods ranging from quirky to lilting to violent battle scenes, Hiiekoda is a very full package indeed…and clocking in at over an hour, it’s almost too full; it really is a little too long, though thankfully none of the pieces are disposable. At any rate, this 2004 record is an excellent debut album.

Author: Clare B.
Zine: Caustic Throughs
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