Origin: Starnberg, Germany
Genres: Folk Metal
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This Bavarian band have risen to prominence rather quickly, having released a little-known but well-respected debut album Turis Fratyr in 2005 before signing to Nuclear Blast and busting the doors wide open with 2008's Sagas. This is majestic, symphonic folk metal, bringing to mind bands such as Turisas, Ensiferum, Finntroll (very clear influences here), and from a symphonic but non-folk angle, perhaps a bit of Bal-Sagoth. There's a lot going on, with sweeping keyboards, snarled blackened vocals, a smattering of pan flutes and assorted folk instruments, and a general feeling of grandeur. There are criticisms -- the production is almost too pristine, the album sounds more like the sum of its influences rather than something really unique, and with all of the songs adopting a similar bombastic attitude, it can all be a bit much. Nonetheless, it's an impressive effort. Many have tabbed Sagas as the penultimate folk metal album, and it's easy to see why -- for fans of the genre, this is absolutely essential.

Current Members

Robert Dahn

vocals

René Berthiaume

guitars/keyboards

Andreas Völki

guitars

Sandra van Eldik

bass

Tuval Refaeli

drums

Former Members/Guests

Helge Stang

vocals

Julius Koblitzek

drums

Manuel DiCamillo

drums


Discography



Turis Fratyr 
2005 Black Attakk
  1. Turis Fratyr
  2. Wingthors Hammer
  3. Unter der Eiche
  4. Der Sturm
  5. Widars Hallen
  6. Met
  7. Heimdalls Ruf
  8. Die Prophezeiung
  9. Nordheim
  10. Im Fackelschein
  11. Tote Heldensagen
  12. Wald der Freiheit
  • Helge Stang
  • René Berthiaume
  • Andreas Völki
  • Sandra van Eldik
  • Julius Koblitzek

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Sagas 
2008 Nuclear Blast
  1. Prolog auf Erden
  2. Wurzelbert
  3. Blut im Auge
  4. Unbesiegt
  5. Verrat
  6. Snüffel
  7. Heimwärts
  8. Heiderauche
  9. Die Weide und der Fluß
  10. Des Sängers Fluch
  11. Ruf in den Wind
  12. Dämmerung
  13. Mana
  • Helge Stang
  • René Berthiaume
  • Andreas Völki
  • Sandra van Eldik
  • Manuel DiCamillo

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Underground  Metal Observer 



ReKreatur 
2010 Nuclear Blast
  1. In Heiligen Hallen
  2. Der Ewige Sieg
  3. Verbrannte Erde
  4. Die Affeninsel
  5. Der Wassermann
  6. Aus Ferner Zeit
  7. Fahrtwind
  8. Wenn Erdreich Bricht
  9. Kurzes Epos
  • Robert Dahn
  • René Berthiaume
  • Andreas Völki
  • Sandra van Eldik
  • Tuval Refaeli

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer  Angry Metal Guy 

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