This is really just not true, but leaving aside the whole noise vs. music debate for a moment, the key word here in the topic under discussion, to wit, FOLK METAL, is the word FOLK. While folk metal is indeed metal, it's also, well...folk. And since most of the bands in question do try to incorporate traditional music into their mix, it's sometimes more folk than metal. Exempli gratia:
Troll Gnet El - "Troll bends fir"
2. "I don't like folk, it's hippie crap for Renaissance Faires."
Usually a complaint from the trve kvlt metalheads, because folk metal (being based in folk music) is often by nature fun happy party music. That is not always the case; some folk music is dark and depressing and not fun happy party music at all. Likewise with folk metal, especially since the so called (by me) "Golden Age" of folk metal happened around the same time as the upsurge of True Norwegian Black Metal (a.k.a. TNBM) and Viking metal. There's a definite crossover between these three musical styles, and some of the biggest and/or most well known folk metal acts have deep, deep roots in black metal. Exempli gratia:
Moonsorrow - "Hvergelmir"
Note in the previous selection that this pretty much epitomizes what I like to call the "whirlwind of angry bees in a cave" sound that says "I am listening to black fucking metal."
3. "Folk metal is just a bunch of dudes wearing furs and waving swords around."
First of all, no. You're thinking of Manowar.
Also known as Manocandy.
Second, does this look like a dude in furs?
Arkona - "Liki Bessmertnykh Bogov"
4. "I don't like folk music OR metal."
Okay, fine. But let me ask you this: do you like culture? History? Dancing? Drinking? Partying? Pirates? If you answered "no" to one of these, we'll go with the rest; if you answered "no" to all of them, I really can't help you and I'm almost 100% sure you're not actually a human being.
Fängörn - "Trolls Strong Beer"
5. "Folk metal is just cheesy."
You know what? I'm not going to say this is 100% wrong. There is or can be a certain cheese factor to folk metal. But as a reason to HATE folk metal, it doesn't hold. Here's a test: tell me which of the following is the cheesiest.
My point being that folk metal cheese is no worse than the cheese of other bands that have gone on to become inexplicably more popular than their folk metal counterparts despite either not being folk metal (pic 1: black metal gods Immortal) or playing generally shitty music (pic 2: Slipknot), or just generally being shitty in all aspects musical or otherwise (pic 3: Insane Clown Posse). By comparison the stalwart heroes in the last picture (Turisas) are models of class and restraint.
Though in the interests of 'journalistic' fairness, this is what Turisas usually look like:
Most assuredly not Manowar.
Regardless. Folk metal = cheese? Maybe. Cheese = hate? No. Unless you're a juggalo, of course.
6. "Folk metal is a trend/fad/gimmick whose time has passed."
Now if you're like me and you believe that folk metal has its roots in plain old regular metal's fascination with swords, wizards, dragons and crap, we can trace that fucker all the way back to Black Sabbath (at least). If you hold with the generally accepted theory (and by "generally accepted theory" I mean "what it says on Wikipedia") that 'true modern' folk metal got its start with the British band Skyclad (formed in 1990), that's still a pedigree stretching back more than 20 years (though the Wikipedia page on folk metal actually attributes the start to Golgotha's 1984 EP "Dangerous Games", which would put it at 27 years). I dunno about you, but to me a fad or trend is something that lasts a couple of years at most. And of course I could argue that folk music (a pretty important part of FOLK METAL) goes back to, well, music. All of it.
I'm not saying Black Sabbath is folk metal, of course (though note the non-metal use of a traditional folk instrument, the harmonica). I'm just saying that folk metal didn't rise in 2005 and die in 2007 as a lot of people seem to think. It's got, oh, what's the word....oh yeah. History.
So there you go: all this time you actually loved folk metal and didn't know it. You're welcome.