The first release and my first foray into these Austrian folkers, the Forest EP comes in at 21 minutes and four tracks.
As a whole these guys are considered folk but, there's a lot more to them. The vocals are along the lines of melodeath while the instruments and lyrics have more of a power metal feel. Unlike most of their contemporaries, they don't use antique instruments or a sense of atmosphere in their sound.
The guitar lines here are traditonal power metal riffs that would fit right in on a Hammerfall record. This not only adds the melody but blends perfectly with the fantasy tinged lyrics. This gives the sense of killing dragons or sieging a castle.
The vocal work of Robert Scrholl is your
standard melodeath along the lines of Dark Tranquility. While he may be unrefined, you can understand every lyric which makes this album a whole lot better. The problem is the group chanting on "The Wizard's Life" but it is easily dismissed despite sounding like a demo tape.
If you're looking for a new band to listen to or an addition to you Skyrim playlist look no farther. This record doesn't break new ground on any level but damn, it's enjoyable. For fans of folk metal or Children Of Bodom, your collection isn't complete without this.
Rating: 4 out of 5