Trobar are a band from Quebec, Canada that plays a progressive from of folk metal with elements of black, death and thrash metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album album "Charivari".
Nature sounds and synths start off the album giving the music a folk music feeling along with acoustic guitars that add a progressive and medieval feeling to the recording and the band also starts to add in more folk instruments.
After the intro the music starts to get heavier and goes into a more folk metal direction along with some growls and screams that bring in the death and black metal elements and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and on some of the alter tracks keyboards are added into the music along with melodic pagan male and female vocals.
When guitar solos and leads are added on the album the music starts having a more melodic and epic sounding feeling and the acoustic guitars are make a return on some of the tracks without taking away from the heavier aspects of the recording and they also bring in more tribal and prog elements later on during the recording and they also bring in back up pagan shouts to give the music a more battle like feeling and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with some psychedelic elements being added onto some of the later tracks and they also b ring in a couple of instrumentals.
Trobar bring a more progressive and darker approach to their folk metal sound while also mixing in the heaviness of black and death metal, the production is very professional sounding and the lyrics are written in French and cover Celtic Mythology.
In my opinion Trobar are a very great sounding progressive/folk metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Troubadors" "Le Sacrifice" "Tyran" and "Pactes A Mort". 8 out of 10.