Best Folk Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 Ensiferum Ensiferum

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.

Best folk metal band ever...

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

They don't play Folk Metal. They play Pagan Metal. - UniqueUser

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2 Eluveitie Eluveitie

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"!

Their composition is just way awesome and also the vocals!

Best folk metal band ever

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3 Wintersun Wintersun Wintersun 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.

I wouldn't really call them Folk Metal, more on the lines of Avant-garde Power Metal, or Symphonic Power Metal; great band none-the-less and definitely worth checking out if you haven't already.

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

Wintersun is more Symphonic or Melodeath than Folk Metal, but does count. Debut album always had a viking vibe to it, and Time I has obvious folk influences, like the oriental Japanese themes in the intros and scattered throughout the main songs.

Not my favorite though in terms of Folk Metal, Ensiferum and Eluveitie beat it. Just thought I should explain WHY people call it Folk Metal. - Penguincamp

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4 Korpiklaani Korpiklaani

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 is the group that defined the term folk metal without them we will don't have folk metal

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

Awesome band, all around... where does one even begin to describe perfection... every time I listen to their albums I wanna go get some mead and drink 'till I pass out. their Albums are a must have for any Folk Metal enthusiast. 10/10

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5 Equilibrium Equilibrium Equilibrium 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

They don't play Folk Metal. They play Pagan Metal. - UniqueUser

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6 Tyr Tyr Týr 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.

I wish they would come to Georgia in The States. Every time I want to see them preform live, they are no where near me. I guess you could say it makes me shed a "Tyr".

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

The person above who said viking ship... I LOVE YOU!
that is exactly what I feel too

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7 Finntroll Finntroll Finntroll 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

This was the first folk metal band I've listen to. Solsagaan, trollhammeren and hasbyxrd were my favorite tracks of them.

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8 Turisas Turisas Turisas 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 is just...amazing. The music itself varies like crazy & the stories are great! #1 Folk Metal band in my honest opinion.

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

A kickass combination of folk, viking and symphonic metals with all their upsides.


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9 Alestorm Alestorm Alestorm 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.

The Best!

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10 Moonsorrow Moonsorrow Moonsorrow 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

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The Contenders

11 Windir Windir Windir 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

11? really?

12 Thyrfing

Very melodic, yet powerful music. One of those bands, you will fall in love with, espacially when listening to their album "valdr galga". Just like me.

13 Dalriada Dalriada 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!

Detailed, epic, powerish

Epic, fast, kickass meta

14 Agalloch Agalloch

Incredibly folky winter like atmospheric black metal! I love it

top five

Wow 😳
I can't understand another...
This band deserve to be one of the best bands in this genre 😐😐😐 please vote!

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16 Cruachan Cruachan Cruachan 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.

One of the first folk metal bands, and the founding fathers of Celtic Metal, a lot today's folk metal bands are goofy are more folk then metal but Cruachan takes there music (for the most part) and balances both genres perfectly. they may not be the most mainstream but they're still my favorite sense there one of the oldest and they fuse metal with the music I hold closest to my heart; Irish Celtic music.

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

Why are they so far back in a genre they helped create?

17 Mago 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

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18 Skyclad

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/

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20 Falkenbach Falkenbach

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

Gorgeous music. The clean vocals remind me of being a child in my fathers arms as he sings me to sleep. So comforting.

True viking metal

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