(also called Mittelalter-Metal or Mittelalter-Rock)
The past always leads to the future, many times it is the past that we live again and again.
How it sounds
In German. Melodic quite pompous, but in a pleasant way.
Many times like the music of an occult black magic ceremony invoked by a demon from the book of Pope Pius VI and all this in an abandoned Gothic church.
Essentially like folk metal in German accompanied by many strange musical instruments.
Why listen to it
Because it is melodic with very high-quality compositions, but also because you do not know how to use your German degree.
But also because you can learn new (old, very old) instruments such as zournas, cister, hurdy-gurdy, biniou, buccina, davul, riq, cornetto curvo, and Askavlos (bagpipes)
Ooooh another middle age and why you cut in German because you just do not like them.
Basically because you like plain genuine metal.
Where we meet it
When did it start
The early 1990s
Who are the pioneers
Although the genre is considered a German phenomenon, it is definitely Skyclad‘s debut album, “The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth”.
Even more specifically the song “The Widdershins Jig” is the seed of the genre.
One of the first bands that gave the impetus to the genre, although they do not belong to it, is Corvus Corax.
East Germans Subway to Sally are considered the pioneers of the genre, such as In Extremo.
You have to listen
Schandmaul, Letzte Instanz, Saltatio Mortis, Tanzwut, Feuerschwanz, Folkstone.
Days of glory
Mostly in the ’00s, but it continues to have a fairly high position in the preference of mainly Germans.
Bands often look like taper presentations at home, where tapers are weird musical instruments. Also, his purely Gothic characters create suspicions that scare.
What is it confused with
With Folk metal and medieval folk-rock
How do you describe it to an irrelevant
Some goths look like those who fought the Roman legions and play metal with some medieval dignus, but they have electric guitars.