Articles by Tristan Lathey
‘Winter Thrice’ comes across as Borknagar’s most polished album to date; the song writing is excellent. – By Tristan Lathey
Al-Namrood have an incredible sound, raw yet technical with a sense of urgency which might reflect the stress of their recording environment. Their music is purposely anti-religious and against the system, which in their situation leads to great protest music and even better metal. Fans of Secret Chiefs 3 and Melechesh should check out this record. – By Tristan Lathey
Overall this album is highly enjoyable, not just in that it’s a slightly obscure genre for a Western audience, but it showcases some very talented bands well worth the listen. – By Tristan Lathey
This is an excellent EP which will hopefully lead Isenmor on to record a great folk metal album. – By Tristan Lathey
Overall ‘Nattramn’ is an epic sprawl of an album that takes you in many directions, but fuses its styles quite effortlessly. – By Tristan Lathey
‘Songs Of The Earth’ contains some seriously slickly-played and well-written folk metal tracks and a pop sensibility, which is generally used to great effect, however it can go a little too far on occasion. Overall though, this is a very enjoyable album. – By Tristan Lathey
‘Blood for the Blood God’ has some excellent moments of raw heaviness and musicianship, but it loses momentum by the shear length of the album. If only they just included the really great tracks, it would be a better album. – By Tristan Lathey
Recently Finntroll played i London part of their European tour to celebrate 10 years since the release of their classic album NATTFÖDD. Tristan Lathey was invited down before the show to meet frontman Mathias “Vreth” Lillmåns and guitarist Mikael “Routa” Karlbom to find out more about the tour and the life of these mysterious trolls.
I recommend this album to all folk metallers. Although it starts off slow, it grows stronger with each track. The production sounds fantastic, the songs have excellently written arrangements and to top it all, it has a man who is a tree on the front cover! – By Tristan Lathey
Tristan Lathey asked Mr V of Swedish folk metal band Vintersorg some questions to find out more about the recent new release Naturbål.
Naturbål has a lot going for it. There is so much happening that it will surely excite the avid folk metal fan and maybe even inspire others to listen to this very unique and diverse style of metal. – By Tristan Lathey
Woodfall shows some seriously talented musicians who have made a beautifully sculpted instrumental classical folk album. – By Tristan Lathey