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Released: 2009, Independent
A new band on the folk metal scene, New Jersey’s Windfaerer formed in 2006 and loudly announced themselves last year with GLORYBOUND, a 2-song demo. Currently working on their first full-length release, what does Windfaerer have to offer?
Calling themselves a mix of folk, black, and speed metal, GLORYBOUND proves that if nothing else, the band is good at describing themselves. Fortunately, there is much more worth to this band than that! Both songs whip along at a blistering pace, while main-man Mikheil Goncalves’ blackened vocals do their best to befoul and metalize the rather beautiful lead violin playing of Liz Arnobit (who has since left the band). Don’t be fooled though, this is some heavy stuff. “In the Wake of War” is particularly dark and vicious, while the longer “The Great Fire” allows the band some time to stretch out and dabble in slower atmospherics amidst the speed assault, suggesting that they are capable of adding some variation to their music which will serve them well over the course of a full album.
GLORYBOUND is definitely worth listening to for fans of folk metal. Windfaerer haven’t given us too much to go on here, but their catchy, powerful song writing does what it should – leave ‘em wanting more. Keep your ears peeled for these guys.
1) In the Wake of War
2) The Great Fire
Mikheil Goncalves: Vocals, Guitar, Bass
JP Andrade: Drums
Liz Arnobit: Violin
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