The Best Folk / Pagan / Viking Metal Album

1.  Eluveitie - Origins 244
2.  Saor - Aura 233
3.  Equilibrium - Erdentempel 142
4.  Arkona - Явь 70
5.  Vintersorg - Naturbål 54
6.  Kampfar - Djevelmakt 52
7.  Tengger Cavalry - Ancient Call 48
8.  Cruachan - Blood For The Blood God 46
9.  Primordial - Where Greater Men Have Fallen (write-in vote) 29
10.  AleStorm - Sunset On The Golden Age (write-in vote) 13
11.  Subway To Sally - Mitgift 11
12.  Elvenking - The Pagan Manifesto (write-in vote) 5
  Goblin Hovel - The Roots That Broke The Stone 5
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Arkona - Явь

Arkona have once again brought their considerable talents to bear in their latest installment of folk metal battery, their pagan rhythms haunting up a storm from the icy Russian forests. Employing a variety of vocalists and vocal styles to accompany the frantic folk, Arkona mix in some black metal elements as well, all neatly packaged with some traditional instrumentation.

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Cruachan - Blood For The Blood God

Cruachan spew forth raw, powerful and majestic folk metal on Blood For The Blood God. This album's variety is considerable, with sprinkles of black metal roaming here and there, fiddles, whistles, flutes, acoustic eminence and also galloping heavy guitars. Cruachan generate the sound of fury and they lift the folk metal flag very high.

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Eluveitie - Origins

For years now Eluveitie stand true to their style while stepping up musically bit by bit. Their newest work Origins is once again an improvement, using their trademark concept and bringing in the language of the ancient Celtic tribes. Stressing the folk parts to a maximum, catchy tunes stand besides crushing riffs and harsh vocals. If you like Eluveitie, you love Origins.

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Equilibrium - Erdentempel

Pagan masters Equilibrium released an album last year that showed that they are far away from drifting into the mediocre everyday's band life. Fresh songs with lots of variety can be found on Erdentempel, as there are some back-to-the-roots and some new, original ideas featured. It appears like after all the line-up changes, the band has finally found their masterplan and have fun with it. And seriously, only a few may doubt that "Wirtshaus Gaudi" was the greatest drinking song released last year.

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Goblin Hovel - The Roots That Broke The Stone

Goblin Hovel shake things up with some somber, thoughtful regular-people-folk mixed in with the metal, as well as some detours straight through the middle. The effect is quite beautiful, and sets Goblin Hovel apart from much of their competition. It makes sense, given that this unusual group is actually a collaboration between multiple musicians of multiple backgrounds, and it provides quite the rewarding listening experience as a result - but don't think that they skimp on the heaviness.

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Kampfar - Djevelmakt

Kampfar impress with their new album. Unsettling at times due to the eerie atmosphere, Djevelmakt is explosive in its folk infused black metal as well as progressive in its range and pure in terms of melody and creativity. Kampfar celebrate their 20th anniversary with a bang!

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Saor - Aura

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From the highlands to the lowlands, Aura's wind sweeps over Scotland to create an entirely authentic atmosphere affixed by the earthly harshnesses of black metal. Its raw edge in production only further emphasizes its distance from the modernization of our world, capturing a timeless representation of Celtic music in metal.

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Subway To Sally - Mitgift

The kings of medieval metal are back with an album that could only be written by them. Diving deeper into the dark and heavy waters they explored with Schwarz In Schwarz, Mitgift tells of murderous stories, of crime and jealousy. The distinct voice of vocalist Eric Fish fits the atmosphere as always and the overall sound and concept leaves us hungry for more.

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Tengger Cavalry - Ancient Call

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Looking for a unique and non-Viking take on folk metal? Tengger Cavalry is Chinese but supports their metal with traditional Mongolian instruments and a bit of Mongolian throat singing. Absolute epic-ness is in store. Just try listening to "Brave" without jumping out of your seat or hearing "Battle Song From Far Away" without feeling intense yearning in your heart. The term "epic as fuck" just doesn't come close.

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Vintersorg - Naturbål

With melodic sensibilities as the duo's focus on more recent studio material, Vintersorg continue to pursue their elementally themed path in Swedish folk metal to the flames of Naturbål, or "nature's bonfire." Lyrics remain in native tongue and expressed within an ignited and lively atmosphere that sees them maintaining their consistency in melody.

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