Best Folk Metal Bands

truemetal

The Top TenXW

1Ensiferum

Absolutely amazing! They have such huge variation in each of their songs, with melodic instrumentals and powerful vocals. Definitely one of my favourite bands of all time.

Guardians of fate, warriors without war, heroes in dream, kings of Finland, and the best band ever - Odinest

Amazing band best folk metal band out now

Good folk music

V8 Comments
2Eluveitie

Folk music + heavy metal + dragon & valkyrie' vocal
What could have been better? M/

They're simply amazing! The songs are so beautiful, just listen to songs like "inis mona"!

I don't like folk metal, but these guys are listenable

Found by chance, easily most brutal sounding Folk Metal to be had!

V29 Comments
3WintersunWintersun is a metal band from Helsinki, Finland and was originally created by guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, songwriter and vocalist Jari Mäenpää as a side project to folk metal band Ensiferum for whom he was lead singer and guitarist.

Symphonic folk metal. Everything they do is literally gold. Jari and his team makes wonderful music. Sons of winter and stars, fly into the sky, dark of the sun. Still waiting for the new album, though.

That's not folk metal but I love this band jari and kai are real geniuses

It must be in the number 1 position! This band is so very much great!

V4 Comments
4Korpiklaani

It's impossible of being on a bad mood when listening Korpiklaani.
Their songs are simply wonderful, seems that they were born with their instruments in the hand. They are just the best. I am a big folk metal fan, and they are my favourite.

Korpiklaani, Eluveitie, then Finntroll. Greatest bands in the genre - Deathmetal

Not just the best folk metal band but also the best metal band ever.

The BEST folk Metal Band

V4 Comments
5TyrTýr is a Faroese heavy metal band. Their subject matter revolves almost entirely around Viking lore, mythology, and history, taking their name from the Norse god of law and justice.

My first folk metal band and until now one of the best for me

This Tyr it's my favorite folk metal band of all time I love everything

My first folk/metal band ever. I love the songs they sing. I just can imagine that I am on a viking ship/boat in the way of a great journey. that's it
I love them

V2 Comments
6EquilibriumEquilibrium is a German folk metal band. The band's music combines elements of folk music, power metal, black metal and symphonic metal with various other influences.

How I got into Folk metal in the first place

This band have song that one of the best music ever created, and that is "MANA".

If it weren't for these guys, I wouldn't have discovered folk metal in the first place. - LostDream258

V4 Comments
7TurisasTurisas is a Finnish metal band from Hämeenlinna. They were founded in 1997 by Mathias Nygård and Jussi Wickström, and named after an ancient Finnish God of war.

Turisas number 1. Ensiferum is also really great, but Turisas wins! (but I'm not sure if Turisas is actually folk metal... )

Listen to the Battle Metal and Varangian Way albums and tell me Turisas is not number 1. The orchestration in songs like Rex Regi Rebellis, As Torhches Rise, To Holmgard and Beyond, and Miklagard Overture is just breathtaking, and Nygard's voice is surely one of the best in metal today

V1 Comment
8FinntrollFinntroll is a folk metal band from Helsinki, Finland. They combine elements of black metal and folk metal.

It may not be the most technical of the bands out there, but it is certainly top-of-the-class folk metal! Catchy, folky melodies mixed with black metal and everything else possible.

They should be in the top 5 I think. they rock, I can make Party when they are playing, I almost lose my mind!

This is the best folk metal band

Should be much higher

V2 Comments
9MoonsorrowMoonsorrow is a pagan metal band formed in Helsinki, Finland, in 1995. Musically, the band incorporates elements of black metal and folk metal in their sound.

Magnificent, big, deep, heroic, beautiful

That band is really awesome! It caught my attention from only 1 song for them, my 2nd favourite folk metal band after Eluveite - nooreldeen

V1 Comment
10AlestormAlestorm is a heavy metal band originally from Perth, Scotland. Their music is characterized by a pirate theme, and as a result they have been dubbed a "pirate metal" band by many critics and their fanbase.

This band got me into folk metal. However I am not surprised that they are so far down on the list as they are highly underrated

I like them. They have sense of humor. Great Band.

They just sound better than the rest.

Listen Alestorm. Drink beer. Become a pirate

V6 Comments

The Newcomers

?Bane of Isildur
?Thyrfing

The Contenders

11WindirWindir was a black metal band from Sogndal, Norway. The band combined black metal with folk music and mythology.

I mean, I voted for Ensiferum so I guess I'm not one to talk, but despite being #11, IT FEELS SO LOW ON THE LIST. WHY?! - Penguincamp

People don't know what real folk is anymore these days

12DalriadaDalriada is a folk metal band from Sopron, Hungary that was formed in 1998 as Echo of Dalriada, but shortened their name to Dalriada in late 2006. Their third studio album Kikelet and all subsequent albums were successful in the top ten of the official Mahasz music charts.

Hungarian kickass-metalheads with a blond broad who is able to lure you into sweet slumber just to scream off your face afterwards. Epic, folk, speed, Hungarian poetry!

Their songs don't disappoint you! It's a shame that I never knew of them before 2016!

V2 Comments
13Skyclad

I always though to me that Ensiferum and Týr were the best Folk Metal Bands ever but when I first heard SKYCLAD I feel inlove with the band and changed my oppinion leaving the other two behind, they are definitely the best Folk Metal Band Ever m/

14CruachanCruachan is a Folk Metal band from Dublin, Ireland that has been active since the 1990s. They have been acclaimed as having "gone the greatest lengths of anyone in their attempts to expand" the genre of folk metal.

Cruachan is awesome. They're Irish, and their style is called Celtic Metal - ryanrimmel

15Einherjer
16Mithotyn
17Mago de Oz

Please, the guys are as old as Skyclad and they made Folk Metal popular in America (continent). They deserve a higher place because of the topics and musical composition they introduce in each album though...

Easily the best folk metal bands, and easily the best spanish band of all time. Only reason its not in the top 3 its cause its not famous outside of spanish speaking countries.

Simply the best folk metal band out there.

They introduced me to folk metal! Love em

V1 Comment
18Wuthering Heights
19Falkenbach

This band really moves me, with its deep love of the viking culture, told over the top of some truly masterful music

20Skiltron

Totally underrated band. Epic mixing of bagpipes with complex guitar solos. Definitely one of the best.

PSearch List

Related Lists

Best Folk Extreme Metal Bands Top 10 Folk/Pagan Metal Bands of All Time Top 10 Underground Folk Metal Bands Top Ten Finnish Folk Metal Bands Best Metal Bands

List StatsUpdated 28 Sep 2016

900 votes
64 listings
5 years, 202 days old

Top Remixes (10)

1. Windir
2. Thyrfing
3. Wintersun
damianichabod222
1. Ensiferum
2. Wintersun
3. Korpiklaani
Bowbow
1. Tyr
2. Korpiklaani
3. Ensiferum
metalsoldier99

WRemix
View All 10

Posts

Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P