Ever Heard of Folk Metal?

Folk metal was born in the 90s, and one of the earliest examples of this form of music is a band called Skyclad. It’s an offshoot of heavy metal, and uses folk instruments and sometimes even folk singing styles in the compositions. It has recently started receiving more attention in mainstream music, and its popularity has been on the rise ever since. As a result of this, more bands have started playing folk metal. It is especially popular among the Europeans. The music is usually inspired by traditional tales. Some of the popular songs are about pagan romanticism beliefs.


Celtic, Oriental, and Viking are a few of the other subgenres when it comes to folk metal. The band called Cruachan is the one that most probably started the whole Celtic genre movement when their guitarist spoke about fusing black metal with folk music from Ireland. Waylander and Primordial helped them make the transition to folk metal.

Viking metal, which uses everything from hurdy-gurdys to flutes, death-metal growls to clean vocals, was started by a Swedish band called Bathory. This made their style the standard for anything to be classified as Viking metal. It usually includes powerful riffs. Bands like Ensiferum and Amon Amarth have gone ahead and set the bar very high when it comes to Vikings metal.

Main Themes

Nationalism and masculinity are the main themes of folk metal. There are very few bands which can label themselves as a part of the Nationalism Socialism Black Metal. Most of the bands involved have denounced racism through their music as a result of this.

There are a lot of festivals when it comes to folk music too. Paganfest, Noctis Valkyries Metal Festival, and Heathen Fest are the most popular ones. As this genre continues to grow in popularity, so will the number of festivals each year. As far as the metal community is concerned, folk metal is always going to have a place in the genre that is metal music.