Hm, how do you call a German band playing something usually heard from Scandinavian bands and named Viking Metal? Germanic Metal?
Anyway, MENHIR produce a highly interesting mixture from Black Metal, some Folk and wonderful melodies, naming it Pagan Metal.
The compositions on "Thuringia" are very varied, sometimes doomy, then again very fast, but time and again loosened up by calmer parts, when the danger lies in the air to exhaust a creative cord. The keyboards play an important role in the Thuringians' sound, but they never surface, but accentuate the great melodies, which are embedded into the sometimes very epic compositions. Further variability comes into play by the use of clean vocals, which are a good contrast to the hoarse croaking of the vocalist.
The only song that eludes any of these descriptions is "Woman Of Dark Desires", a cover-version that still is BATHORY, even though it bears a mark called MENHIR on it.
Tips: "Die Kelten" ("The Celts") and the aptly named "Instrumental". Support Germany's best Pagan Metal-band!