Though you gotta admit, that IS pretty metal.
It's also not about Queen.
Recently Also, Wolves commenter 'Unthar' asked me (in this post) "Is there a 'must have' folk metal album you'd recommend?" I rattled off a list of a few standards (Korpiklaani, Moonsorrow, et cetera, et cetera) but the question would not leave me alone. It settled in my skull like a brain parasite.
Also metal but mostly just gross.
I've been thinking and thinking about it. If it came down to it, and I could only recommend one single solitary album to represent and epitomize the varied and eclectic 'genre' of folk metal, what would it be? Does such an album actually exist?
The answer is yes. Yes it does. And this is that album.
Finntroll - "Nattfödd"
I make no secret of my homoerotic fanboy love of this band. Hell, I'm not "Trollfiend" because I like baiting people in internet forums (okay, mostly not). Heavy enough to be called black metal, goofy enough to be called polka metal, Finntroll is really in my mind what all good folk metal should aspire to be like. I'm not saying that they are better or worse than bands like Moonsorrow or Korpiklaani. It's just that to my mind this is what I think of and (usually) mean when I say FOLK METAL.
Finntroll - "Eliytres"
Narrowing it down to a single album out of 5 full-lengths and 2 EPs was not as tricky as I thought it would be...I wasn't looking for necessarily their BEST album, but the album that I thought best epitomized their sound, since their spectrum runs for almost pure black metal to metalesque folk. Nattfödd does that for me; the blend of humppa (Finnish polka) and thunderchunking metal is perfect and seamless on this album like no other.
Finntroll - "Vindfärd/Människopesten"
Now you might argue that people who aren't fond of black metal (I know there must be one or two) probably won't dig this album or band because it's just too...well...black. Don't worry, Finntroll's got you covered.
Finntroll - "Grottans Barn"
And of course we can't really mention Finntroll and not talk about THAT SONG.
I don't really need to title this one, do I?
So there you have it; despite my assurances to Unthar that choosing a single 'must have' folk metal album is impossible, I've done it.
I bask in your awe.