REVIEW: SVARTBY – Elemental Tales

Svartby - Elemental Tales

SVARTBY is a Swedo-Russian outfit hailing from Saint Petersberg, where, apparently, they have wild imaginations… How long did you stare at that album cover? A little right-click “set as desktop background” action perhaps? Elemental Tales, is the 3rd full length effort from these guys and they have yet to disappoint. Thematically, the band delves into the more fantastical side of folk metal with them opting to create their narratives from in-house mythologies and, likely, oceans of vodka. That much is pretty clear from the album art. What’s not clear from…

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ELUVEITIE – Helvetios

ELUVEITIE - Helvetios

Eluveitie are a band that is set in their ways, and as such their sound has remained more or less the same since their debut LP Spirit back in 2006. Not that I’m complaining much, because their brand of folk metal is so easily digestible and full of replay value that I’m still listening to songs like “Inis Mona” on a very regular basis over four years since its release. They’ve been called the Dark Tranquillity of folk metal – a band that has done little over the years to…

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