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Band: Wilderun
Album: Olden Tales & Deathly Trails
Release date: September 2012

01. The Cracking Glow
02. Suncatcher
03. How Stands The Glass Around?
04. Storm Along
05. Vaunting Veins
06. The Coasts Of High Barbaree
07. The Dying Californian

I like to imagine the guys in Wilderun were all sitting around the dinner table, probably with some really fantastic beer in one hand and a leg of lamb in the other hand. One of them says, "I used to love folk metal but these days it's getting lame; everyone is doing the same tired shit over and over." "Yeah" say the other guys to nods of agreement. They all rip a bite of lamb off the bone and contemplate this statement. One guy has an epiphany and breaks the silence with, "What if what if we made a folk metal album that wasn't lame? What if we just did things a little differently?" Everyone's chewing slows to a halt. They stare at him, wide-eyed and mystified. "Tell us more, brother..."

And thus begins the saga of Olden Tales & Deathly Trails: an album for lovers of folk metal but one that just approaches it a little differently. It's hard to put your finger on HOW they're different. Perhaps it's the variation in instruments, in tempos, and that this isn't just a non-stop assault. In fact, it's rarely an assault at all. The use of acoustic guitars and mandolin during the more intense parts of some songs, plus the sheer variety in others, makes me feel like Wilderun sometimes listens to people like Gogol Bordello and the Diablo Swing Orchestra in addition to all the classic folk metal bands we know and love.

Both epic and straight forward, symphonic and bare, and with well-done clean and extreme vocals, if there is something you love about folk metal then Wilderun does it. The best part is that despite the variety this is remarkably streamlined and cohesive. They really find the shining middle ground between everything that is good and wonderful and badass about the genre. Perhaps overall it's a bit more on the melodic side of things, but it's free of cheese. No, that's totally a lie; it's just not cheesy in the same way most melodic folk is. There are no flute solos, no female vocals, and no visions of smiling fairies dancing in an open field to welcome the rising sun. Nope. This is the kind of cheese that makes you defensive about it. "So? It's cheesy. The fuck you gonna to do about it, huh?!" Then you bitchslap the hater and give the album another spin.

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Written on 07.10.2012 by Susan appreciates quality metal regardless of sub-genre. Metal Storm Staff since 2006.

Twitter: @HeavyMetalSusan

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01.02.2013 - 14:08

It does indeed remind me a LOT of Turisas. But these guys are much more competent at their instruments, making everything more interesting. Hopefully in the next albums they will have a more unique sound though. But anyway a nice album!
04.02.2013 - 17:25

Bit suprised, I had lost almost all interest in new folk metal bands but these guys are quite good. Sounds like a more "guitarish" first album of Turisas .
15.02.2013 - 12:21
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Nice album, both epic and straightforward, as you said in the review. Yes, they are similar to Turisas, but thats a good thing for fans like me
25.02.2014 - 07:31

I love this album because it's actually AMERICAN folk metal. Not that I'm some patriotic moron, but so many American folk metal bands are just trying to chase Ensiferum's coattails, and for that reason the American folk metal scene is mostly a bunch of bland cliched crap. But Wilderun is a breath of fresh air...playing glorious folk metal a la Turisas, but using American folk melodies and instruments in healthy doses. The end result sounds like Aaron Copland wrote an album with Mathias Nygard, and it's awesome.
08.04.2015 - 00:44
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08.04.2015 - 06:09
Rating: 10
Written by WinterMadness on 25.02.2014 at 07:31

The end result sounds like Aaron Copland wrote an album with Mathias Nygard, and it's awesome.

Dude, not sure how I missed this comment before! I would SO buy that album Lol awesome. Now I'm imagining Copland as a metal artist and it's making me smile
"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
16.11.2021 - 00:45
Rating: 9

It´s Wilderun at it´s almost best. Amazing and wonderful álbum, from start to finish!

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