Gallowbraid – Oak and Aspen; Atmospheric Folk Metal in the vein of Opeth

Gallowbraid is a metal band from Salt Lake City, Utah who delivers an excellent mix of atmosphere, power, and melody, all wrapped up in long-form progressive song structures. They currently are working to sell vinyls of their 2010 album, Ashen Eidolon. I’d like to see them do another record at some point, so let’s show some support!

Recommended for fans of: Opeth, Agalloch, Tyr, Wolves In The Throne Room

Enjoy!

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ÆTHER REALM – One Chosen by the Gods, Finnish styled folk metal from North Carolina

A few friends of mine (completely unrelated to one another, at that) clued me in to these guys a few months ago. They do a pretty excellent take on the Finnish style with some progressive elements mixed in here and there. I haven’t had a chance to grab their album yet, myself, but I got a chance to listen to it on a stream that they put up temporarily when they released it a few months back, and I must say that I’m thoroughly impressed.

For fans of Wintersun and Ensiferum.

Enjoy!

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