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Monday, June 29, 2015

Isenmor/Land Of The Setting Sun/2015 EP Review

  Isenmor  are  a  band  from  Maryland  that  plays  viking/folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  ep  "Land  Of  The  Setting  Sun".

  Violins  start  off the  ep  along  with  some  heavy  guitars  and  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  thrash  and  death  metal  and  the  clean  singing  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  pagan  metal  feeling  and  they  also  mix  the  folk  music  and  heavy  parts  together   and  you can  also  hear  spoken  word  parts  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts   and  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  being  utilized  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  vocals  also  bring in  a  small  amount  of  growls  at  times  and  as  the ep  progresses  keyboards  are  brought  in  briefly  and  none  of  the  songs  use  any  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Isenmor  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  viking  and  folk  metal  genres  but  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  and  a  touch  of  thrash  and  death  metal  to  give  their musical  style  more  of  a  heavy  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nordic  and  Vinlandic  Mythology.

    In  my  opinion  Isenmor  are  a  very  great  sounding  viking/folk  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  Is  A  Fine  Companion"  and  "Land  Of  the  Setting  Sun".  8  out  of  10. 




Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Isenmor Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Mike Wilson (bass/vocals): Tim came up with the original idea for the band. He suggested that we start a folk metal band that focuses primarily on violins. We started around May of 2014 when we brought on Nick and Miles. Tim, Nick, and I worked on the first three songs which really defined our sound.

Tim Regan (guitar/vocals): PaganFest had just come through, and I was inspired to start my own folk metal band having just seen WINTERHYMN. They are proof that Americans can make some great folk metal. So I put up a few ads and got immediate responses. Clearly I wasn’t the only one who thought this could work. Nick and Miles both responded to the ad, and both of them are impressive violinists. Instead of choosing between the two, we just brought them both on board. The first couple times the band got together, we played “In My Sword I Trust” by ENSIFERUM, but we replaced the two lead guitar parts with violins. It sounded amazing, so that really shaped the songwriting for ISENMOR.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Nick Schneider (violin/vocals): I guess best way to describe it is as a melodic sort of folk metal of the more serious type. We like to use lots of harmonies with multiple instruments and vocals working together. We go back and forth between harsh and clean vocals, so there is plenty of aggression, but it is tempered with cleaner, often melancholy passages.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

NS: Like any good folk metal band, we have lyrics that cover battle, death, drinking and Germanic history and Mythology. We have put a special emphasis on historical accuracy and referring to the original source manuscripts for reference (like the Eddas, Tacitus' 'Germania' etc.)  We try to cover all Germanic dark age peoples instead of just vikings (as many do), but since there is so much lore about vikings they are hard to avoid. We try our best to include themes in our songs that are still relatable to a modern listener, and try to avoid being corny as much as possible.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Isenmor'?

NS: Isenmor is a compound of the Old English words Isen (Iron) and Mor (moor in modern English, also translates as wasteland). We thought the meaning "Iron Wasteland" evoked the idea of the aftermath of a battle, a wasteland of broken blades, cleaved helms and hewn mail among the dead and dying. On top of that we felt the name by itself sounded very cool and catchy to us. We went with an Old English as a way of connecting to the dark ages in a way that relates to us being from an English-founded country.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

NS: Our best show so far had to be our most recent one at the Ottobar in Baltimore, MD back in March. We got a great response from the crowd and we played with a lot of energy. Our live performances include a decent amount of historical props and imagery. Since we have a range of fast and slow songs, we try to start strong, bring it down for a bit with some of our somber pieces, and then build back up and end in a frenzy.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

NS: The release party for our EP is June 19th at Club Orpheus in Baltimore. That'll be your chance to pick-up the EP a couple days early! We'll also be playing Pocono Folk Metal Fest August 1st and Maryland Folk Fest August 22nd.  We haven't got any plans to tour in place at the moment, but we'd like to start playing outside our local area somewhat soon.

TR: We do have some opening slots for some larger folk/pagan bands that we have not yet announced coming up this year as well.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

NS: We are not actively looking for a label at this point, but we'd be willing to review an offer if anyone is interested in us.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of folk metal?

NS: So far, all the feedback we have gotten has been great. We haven't reached too many people yet, but the reviews we've gotten on our EP so far have been even better than we were hoping for.

MW: We're pretty young yet, but so far the feedback for our music has been really positive. We've gotten some pretty good reviews by a few online zines. We're pretty stoked about it!

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

NS: We have about half of the material for a full length written already, and at the rate we're going we expect to have writing done by this Autumn. Assuming none of our members die in battle, you should expect a full length consisting of entirely new material in mid-late 2016.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

NS: Our main influences include Týr, Heidevolk, Eluveitie, and Ensiferum. We've all got a pretty broad and varying taste in metal, and we bring varying ideas from all kinds of subgenres to our music.

TR: Aside from the ones Nick listed, lately I’ve been into Falkenbach’s Asa, Blind Guardian’s new album, Iced Earth’s Plagues of Babylon, and the new Nightwish.

MW: As for myself, I've recently been hooked on Devin Townsend and Green Carnation.

11.Does paganism play any role in your music?

NS: We certainly take the pagan religions of the pre-christian Germanic peoples as an inspiration for the music, theme and imagery of our band, and we do our best to represent them as accurately as possible as they appear in the historical record. We do this, however, as a point of historic interest; no one in our band is a practitioner of any reconstructed or made up modern pagan religion.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

NS: Beer.

MW: This isn't very in line with folk metal, but I'm a huge tech geek. I'm a software engineer for a living and I play a ton of video games. I love to play with new tech gadgets.

TR: My wife Jenny and I just had a daughter named Arya. If I’m not at work or playing music, I’m being covered in some sort of fluid courtesy of my baby. Though I don’t suppose qualifies as an “interest,” so let’s just say ice hockey, the most metal of all sports.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

NS: We hope everyone enjoys the EP!

MW: Thanks for having us. We're looking forward to playing live and working toward the first full length!

TR: Grab our Land of the Setting Sun EP wherever it is you get music (iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, Spotify, etc. -- it should be there starting June 21, 2015). Have a drink and spread the word!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Isenmor/Land Of The Setting Sun/2015 EP Review

  Isenmor  are  a  band  from  Maryland  that  plays  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  ep  "Land  Of  the  Setting  Sun"  which  will  be  released  in  June.

  Violins  which  are  also  a  lead  instruments  on  this  recording  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  band  also  bring s in  symphonic  elements  and  clean  singing  which  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  parts  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  the  violins  bring  in  a  folk  music  feeling  and  the  keyboards  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  along  with  a  great  amount  of  multi-part  vocal  harmonies  while  the  songs  remain  heavy  and  bring  in  a  melodic  black  metal  style.

  Isenmor  plays  a  style  of  folk  metal  that  is  very  heavily  dominated  by  violins  but  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  melodic  and  symphonic  black  metal  to  make  their  sound  more  heavier,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  age  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Isenmor  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  Is  A  Fine  Companion"  and  "The  Old  mead  hall".  8  out  of  10.