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    Posted: February 19 2012 at 02:34
Wherever you browse on the web, you can find yourself with incredibly accurate descriptions, styles and classifications for a metal band (ie: post-black-avant-symphonic-depressive-suicidal-death metal, just to describe one band).

This can apply to progressive rock, as the bunch of links below the banner of the site can show, but anyway, the 'three prog metal subgenres' (or four, including lots of heavy prog bands) included in PA have a vast array of bands, all of them without another minor classification.

So, what I'm looking for are recommendations of metal and/or heavy rock bands highly rooted in folk sound.

Things I've already listened to: Orphaned Land, Myrath, Negura Bunget, Agalloch, some latin american bands not listened in PA (Arraigo, Raza Truncka, Temblor), some Secret Chiefs 3 and Estradasphere, among the ones I can remember.

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Two more Romanian bands along side Negură Bunget: Bucium and Bucovina.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote colorofmoney91 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2012 at 14:49
Solefald's recent three albums have some moderate folk influence, and Primordial has a good degree of Irish folk influence. 
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I like Cruachan. Especially their Folk-Lore album. I suggested them for PA a while ago, but sadly they were rejected.
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Tyr - Power Metal based on the norse folk tradition
Moonsorrow - Alot like Agalloch, althogh slightly folkyer and doomyer
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Whoa, thank you all for the recommendations!
Anything else is still welcome!
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Just ran across a band named Blood & Time. They are currently 2 members of the band Neurosis. Been listening to their self-titled Ep. It's definately worth a listen. Hope this helps on your quest for new music.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote The.Crimson.King Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 07 2013 at 14:56
What about Enslaved?  They began as black metal then introduced Viking folk and prog influences Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Toaster Mantis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 07 2013 at 15:51
Hammers of Misfortune are exactly what you need: They just hit the right balance between melancholic folky prog rock and NWoBHM-style heavy metal, with Jethro Tull and Thin Lizzy as clear influences.The very disparate inspirations come together exceptionally well, and despite their throwback nature they're quite inventive songwriters.

The project's not on PA, but check out Aarni: One-man doom metal band inspired by both Finnish folk music and progressive rock, though the main man's odd sense of humour might take some time getting used to. Solstice's New Dark Age is also worth a listen: It's epic heavy/doom with some fantastically well-used British folk influence and long intricate songs. If I remember correctly they're also an influence on Primordial whose recommendation I definitely second.

In the black metal department check out Lugubrum (the kind of BM that Captain Beefheart could have played if he was a Flemish separatist), Janvs (folky RPI-influenced BM with lyrics about ancient Roman mysticism) and early Sigh. (first three albums and Ghastly Funeral Theatre EP show some well-utilised inspiration from traditional Japanese music) It's pretty odd how the vast majority of folk metal is of the black metal variety, since that's one of the metal subgenres furthest away from "normal music".


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Lyriel's 'Autumntales' album really toes the line between celtic & medieval folk and metal...not too progressive in it's compositions, but I've rarely heard a metal album with such blatant folk characteristics to the point where it sounds like a unique experiment. Their more recent stuff sort of veers away from that charm.

Also, despite not currently part of the archives, check out Evenoire's fantastic 'Vitriol' album, which is gothic metal with a slew of folk influences and definite prog elements. The female singer also plays the abundant flute melodies.
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I like Cruachan. Especially their Folk-Lore album. I suggested them for PA a while ago, but sadly they were rejected.

UPDATE: Cruachan have now been added to Prog related, so I bump my recommendation.  
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Toaster Mantis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 08 2013 at 04:19
On the folk black metal front I can also recommend Aeturnus (Norway), Hades (Norway too), later Kawir (Greece) and Skyforger (Latvia). If you dig Enslaved, then Blut Aus Nord's Memoria Vetusta might be worth a listen as well. Ultima Thulée has a similar vibe, but it's nowhere as progressive. (being from Normandy they get the whole Viking thing more right than a French band usually would)

Also, they're not terribly complex and don't use flutes but Pagan Altar kind of sound like Jethro Tull would if Tony Iommi had stayed there. Great band anyway, their first album has a more convincing occult atmosphere than most black metal artists could aspire to.
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Elvenking are definitely folky. Not that proggy, but pretty cool.
Wait... why are we responding to a year-old thread again?


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Toaster Mantis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 08 2013 at 15:42
Heh, I didn't notice that until after I had posted. Even then, I think it'd be a good way to promote some bands I think deserve more exposure or at least fit the description given the opening post.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dellinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 08 2013 at 19:42
Wouldn't Rhapsody (of Fire) fit that description?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Toaster Mantis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 09 2013 at 04:07
I'm no fan of RoF, but last time I checked they were more influenced by classical music than folk.
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