FOLKEARTH are a very widespread bunch of Folk and Metal musicians, which live out their passion here. On their current, third album we get 30 musicians from 11 countries. And who automatically thinks of HAGGARD and THERION, definitely is not far off.
Somehow the name had a certain appeal and the music is really good, even though I had expected something different, because for my taste the Folk elements are far too strong. A song such as “Hugin & Munin“ with its really strong guitars is rather the exception. What should I talk much more, I had expected it to be a lot heavier, even though the songs are very well done. The instrumentation, the melodies and the structures of the songs show that these are true masters at work. The stylistic formulas used are anything but original, but FOLKEARTH have a lucky hand for good songs that are catchy and will not wear off that easily. Okay, as far as heaviness goes, I had rather expected something like “Falland Vörandi“ (HEL), but that is my problem.
Alright, the album is great for nice cuddly evenings with your Viking bride, even though there are some harsher sounds here and there.
(Online June 21, 2008)