Finally, a band that put’s the metal back in folk metal. While most folk metal bands go towards a softer approach with their folk metal, Italian based Kormak took a shitload of heaviness and incorporated that into Faerenus, the debut album from Kormak.
I like folk metal and yes, also the softer bands but it’s nice to hear a band that’s not afraid to be heavy. And its not only heaviness the band brings, the flute is there, the clean vocals, the folk rhythms and basically everything else you want from a folk metal band.
But then we go to the heavy parts and the extremely good voice from Zaira de Candia, she can sing and has a really good authentic folk voice but she can also scare the devil away with her growls. Growls in folk metal? Yes, and in a good way. Kormak makes it sound like its supposed to be there, like if the growls are part of the story the band wants to tell. And let’s not forget the almost death metal-like melodies that sometimes pop up or the spooky parts. The title track is my fave song off the album cause it contains all the elements in such a strong manner, the song starts calmly with the flute, bursts out heavy with sick growls and crushing guitar and towards the middle of the song it gets calmer and the song ends strong with whispering vocals.
Think folk metal, have a look at the album artwork, think folk metal again and have a look at the album artwork again. That’s Kormak.
Great album and highly recommended!
Order Faerenus HERE