Folkearth - _Drakkars in the Mist_
(Stygian Crypt Productions, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (7 out of 10)
The international Folkearth collective return less than a year after the amazing _By the Sword of My Father_ with their third full-length. Several changes have occurred since then; Magnus Wohlfart, who has been with Folkearth since debut _A Nordic Poem_ and one of the hardest working members, has a reduced presence on this album, resulting in an absence of black metal blasting passages. Presumably, Mr Wohlfart was concentrating on main band Yggdrasil's debut album, which was released later in 2007.

There are fewer speedy passages than on previous works and more muted songs -- songs for autumn, rather than berserker battle frenzies. Some songs, such as the title track, compare favourably to their earlier work, but by comparison, it is weaker, as it lacks that infectious jauntiness of their previous opuses. But the major change is the sharp drop in the quality of material, and _Drakkars in the Mist_ is Folkearth's weakest album to date. It is possible and indeed probable that director Ruslanas is able to co-ordinate the various disparate members in a timely and effective manner, but releasing another extensive full-length ten months later does seem to be pushing it. (Although this was released in May 2007, a fourth full-length is already in the making, with the working title _Father of Victory_.)

Overall, this is an enjoyable folk metal sojourn, and I will return to it in coming months, but it is far from being their best work.


(article published 16/2/2008)

1/4/2010 Q Kalis Folkearth - Songs of Yore / Fatherland
3/25/2009 Q Kalis 7 Folkearth - Father of Victory
2/16/2008 Q Kalis 8 Folkearth - A Nordic Poem
2/16/2008 Q Kalis 8.5 Folkearth - By the Sword of My Father
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