Having touched on Celtic-Hip-Hop last week I’ve since been looking into the genre of Celtic-Metal which basically combines Celtic Folk music with Heavy Metal of course. With Scandinavian metal bands having a long history of delving back into the history of their respective countries and adding various elements and influences to their music it was only a matter of time before bands from the Celtic nations started to do the same.
These are my top five celtic metal bands as well as what are considered to be their best albums and where they come from with a wee bit of info added. It’s all my opinion of course and I’d be the first to admit that my knowledge of metal and celtic metal is pretty limited so if you know any others please feel free to leave a comment.
1. Primordial (Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand) Dublin, Ireland
Formed back in 1987 they originally started as a standard metal band but slowly their sound began to become more epic and the use of celtic instruments pushed them into a new sound.
2. Waylander (Kindred Spirits) Armagh, Ireland
Formed in 1993 and dogged by the coming and going of band members over the years and various record label problems but still going strong…
3. Cruachan (Pagan) Dublin, Ireland
Formed in 1992 and originally a band influenced by Vikings and Tolkien they soon evolved into one of the original celtic-metal bands. More information and discography and videos here.
Folklore, Cruachan’s third album was recorded by and features vocals by the legendary Shane McGowan of the Pogues and the single ‘Ride On’ reached number 40 in the Irish charts.
4. Alestorm (Black Sails at Midnight) Perth, Scotland
Formed in 2006 and describing their sound as ‘true Scottish pirate metal’. Two Scots and two Irishmen make up this band of buccaneers so that puts them firmly in the celtic-metal camp! Like all these bands absolutely huge on the continent and getting more and more popular here all the time as well.
5. Mägo de Oz (Gaia) Madrid, Spain
Formed in 1989 they’re well known for the strong celtic feel to their music strengthened through their constant usage of a violinist and flute. The name means ‘Wizard of Oz’ in Spanish!
Web-Site Facebook where they have over 2million likes!
- For our article on celtic hip-hop go here for ‘Celtic Hip-Hop’s Top Seven Bands And Artists.
UPDATE- Cheers for D for the extra information. rather than just cut and paste from it if you’re inclined then head over to Rate Your Music here and for some music here.
Tagged: Alestorm, Cruachan, Mägo de Oz, Primordial, Waylander
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the best folk metal site is at http://www.folk-metal.nl/
thanks Mika.we will add them to our links.
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You really need to check out Eluveitie they are probably one of the greatest celtic metal bands out there.
Will do. Thanks.
This is the first time I ever heard of this music and it’s fucking slamming right the fuck on
My first time to heard of this music is sir mikki lefae… Celtic metal blood Rose