I'd like to say it's because I, like a diligent little cave troll, have been busy scouring the dark and night-haunted caverns of the internet for amazing treasure-troves of metal to share with you (although if you find a nice gold ring I'd appreciate it if you'd hand that over...it's something very precious to me).
"What has it got in its pocketses?"
Sadly, the truth is far more prosaic: I've been spending every waking moment (and some near-comatose ones) playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, the recently released (and truly epic) MMO from Lucasarts and Bioware.
This shit pretty much eats epic for breakfast.
Believe it or not, this is actually sort of relevant. And don't worry, there will be metal before the end of this post.
I got into Star Wars sometime around the age of 7...for those of you counting, that would have been in 1977, the year the "first" movie was released...and was pretty much obsessed with it until about 15, coincidentally in the early 80's, when I started getting into metal. Also somewhere around that time I read "The Hero With A Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell. For those of you not familiar with the book, it basically deals with the universality of mythology and how mythological tales follow a similar pattern despite being culturally and geographically unrelated. I read the book because it looked like it had something to do with Star Wars (as I recall there was a picture of Luke on the cover in his stolen Stormtrooper armour). As it turned out, this particular re-release and update of Campbell's work used Star Wars as an example of mythological universality...and as it also turned out that Campbell and George Lucas were old friends. In fact the legendary interview of Campbell by Bill Moyer that eventually became "The Power Of Myth" took place at Lucas' Skywalker Ranch.
"Bill...I am your father."
This moment was a pivotal one in my life, because it was the moment I got hooked on mythology and folklore. So in a weird way, Star Wars is responsible for my love and obsession with folk metal. And while sci-fi and folk don't usually mix, it's important to note that, in Star Wars at least, despite the space travel and robots and laser guns, everything still all comes down to the wizard and the guy with the magic sword.
Now what I really wanted to do was find some kind of Star Wars themed folk metal to share with you, but if you can believe it, such a thing does not appear to exist. If you're a fan of power and/or mostly instrumental metal lightly scented with melodeath then you might enjoy Anchorhead...
Anchorhead - "Shredisode IV"
...but otherwise the offerings are pretty sparse. Anyone out there musically inclined? There's an unexplored niche here. I'll happily write lyrics if you can play something.
So since I couldn't find anything like that, I will share with you something that is culturally and geographically unrelated, a tasty little nugget I found while Trolling the filthy sewage-waters of YouTube.
Ch'aska - "Bicolour Cannibalism"
This is a chunk of folk/death from, of all places, Peru. Ch'aska released a couple of demos and their first full length, 'Puruauca', came out in 2009. I can't find anything to indicate if they have anything else coming out soon or if they're even still together, but I really dig this track so I hope there will be news of that ilk soon. I'll keep you posted.
Until then, be cautious, and always travel single file to hide your numbers.