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    Posted: 21 Jul 2016 at 9:59am
I know next to nothing about folk metal, so I'm looking for some recommendations from those who do know the genre well. The bands I already know are Skiltron and Triddana, who I both love. As far as folk music goes, I love Celtic (Scottish, Irish included), Medieval, and Scandinavian folk music.
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I recommend you:

- Waylander - Honour amonst Chaos
- Summoning - Old Morning Dawns
- In Extremo
- Falkenbach


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I´m no Expert in the genre, but I used to enjoy some of the early albums by Skyclad.
 
I like some of Falconer´s releases too.


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Cruachan, Celtic folk metal from Ireland. Some albums are black metal based, some aren't.

Black metal based Cruachan:



Cruachan without the black metal:



http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/artist/cruachan

Аркона (Arkona), Russian folk metal. 





http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/artist/arkona(russia)

Fejd's latest album Trolldom (they weren't metal before this one) is a Nordic folk metal release:



http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/artist/fejd

For some stuff not to be taken so seriously, Alestorm:





http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/artist/alestorm

Power folk metal from Italy - Elvenking. Their folk elements were lessened on a couple of their releases, but they've brought them back more recently. Their mostly acoustic album Two Tragedy Poets is also worth a listen.





http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/artist/elvenking

SIG:AR:TYR have a more dark/neofolk take on the genre:





http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/artist/sig-ar-tyr

This is a start, I'll put some more in another post.


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Wilderun, as US band who have made two great albums so far. First if a bit more overly folk than the second.





http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/artist/wilderun

Wolfchant, whose sound has since changed towards power metal, had a melodic black/folk metal thing going at one point:





http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/artist/wolfchant

I guess I should also mention Eluveitie. A lot of people like them, though I always feel that their music could be so much more than it is. They do have a number of really good tracks though. But to be honest my favourite album from them is their non-metal one.





http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/artist/eluveitie

Falconer's work usually falls under power metal with folk influences, however they do some some albums that are more folk heavy, notably the Swedish language Armod.



http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/artist/falconer


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Thanks for all the recommendations, I'll go through checking these out. Thumbs Up
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Hope you find something you like. I don't listen to that many folk metal bands myself, but some of the ones here have produced some of the best albums I've ever heard. 
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I'd also add Korpiklaani, especially if you like drinking songs, and Finntroll.
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Just took a listen to all the bands you posted videos of Adam, thanks and I loved a good chunk of them. 

I'll definitely be having a binge listening soon of these:
Non-Black Metal Cruachan
Arkona
Fejd
Alestorm
SIG:AR:TYR
Wolfchant
Falconer

I was sure missing out on some amazing music.
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I'm not well versed in folk metal myself. I enjoy Agalloch but I don't find them to be typical folk metal at all. I did enjoy Fejd's new album and Falconer's Armod is good, but I mostly listened to it as a power metal album like their others.
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I recommend listening to Mägo de Oz.

P.S.: I remember listening a while ago to "The Pagan Manifesto" by Elvenking. I found it quite good.
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