Darkest Era are a band from the United Kingdom that plays a mixture of Celtic folk and traditional metal with blackened elements and this is a review of their 2014 album "Severance" which will be released by Cruz Del Sur Music.
Acoustic guitars start off the album and they bring a medieval folk music feeling to t he music before going into a more heavier and melodic direction along with a small amounts of fast playing and blast beats which adds in more blackened sounds and then slowing down and adding in clean singing vocals.
All of the musical instruments on this recording have a very powerful sound to them as well as the guitar solos and leads being very melodic and the band also brings in a mixture of both acoustic and heavy parts and the songs sound very diverse while remaining mostly in a melodic direction.
While the music is mostly in a mid paced and melodic direction the band also doe s bring back the faster parts and blast beats at times and while those elements have a black metal influence the vocals always reaming in a melodic clean singing direction and the band also use s more traditonal metal sounds than folk music elements and some of the slower sections have an epic doom metal feeling to them.
Darkest Era have a very interesting sound with their music taking folk music elements and using them on all guitars as well as adding a more traditional metal approach to the folk metal genre as well as having a small amount of blackened blast beats, the production is very professional sounding and the lyrics cover the darker side of Celtic Mythology and Paganism and the last track is very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Darkest Era are a very great sounding mixture of traditional and folk metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Songs of God And Man" "Beyond the Grey Veil" "The Scavenger" and "Blood, Sand ANd Stone". 8 out of 10.