->''"As you sit in your quiet home, surrounded by peace, comfort and civilization, do you, listener, remember those memories, grand and tearful, which still, after hundreds of years, remain now radiant with the brightness of sunlight, and now darkening, like indelible bloodstains? Can your thoughts, torpid with repose, transport themselves back to the horrors and joys of the past? Follow me. I will lead you down into the well. My hand is weak and my sketch humble, but your heart will guide you better than I. Upon that I rely, and begin."''
-->--'''Turisas''', Prologue of ''Rex Regi Rebellis''

[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Folk metal is a combination of various folk music genres and various metal genres.]] One of the most diverse Metal categories, due to the diversity of both metal styles and FolkMusic influences. On the Metal side, the primary influence appears to be DeathMetal and BlackMetal, particularly for bands from Northern Europe (Scandinavia, Germany, and the UK); with the latter being most common in conjunction with strong pagan and/or anti-Christian themes. Substantial influences from PowerMetal, ProgressiveMetal, and [[DoomMetal Doom]]/GothicMetal are also increasingly common; as is [[PunkPunk Punk/Metal]] crossover. Folk influences are typically derived from music traditions local to the bands' places of origin or ethnic heritage; but a few incorporate multiple influences, with Irish and Celtic revival being among the most common. Use of keyboards to replicate the sound of traditional instruments, as well as more atmospheric musical effects, is common; but a few bands rely primarily or entirely on traditional instruments.

The first successful folk metal band was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skyclad_(band) Skyclad]]. Though Skyclad's first album was released in 1990, the genre didn't start to pick up steam until 1994, when such bands as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruachan_(band) Cruachan]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orphaned_Land Orphaned Land]] were founded. It remained relatively obscure in TheNineties, but became popular in Europe during the [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2000s]]. Finnish bands {{Korpiklaani}} and Finntroll are often credited with being the primary influence in the recent explosion of FolkMetal's popularity outside of Europe; and Finland has produced arguably the largest percentage of offerings in the genre. Since its founding, the sub-genres [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_metal Celtic metal]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental_metal#Oriental_metal Oriental metal]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_metal medieval metal]] have branched off.

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The more standout bands of Folk Metal are:
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* Music/{{Ade}} - Italian brutal death metal mixed with Roman martial music.
* Music/{{Aeternam}} - Canadian melodic death with heavy Oriental influences.
* Music/{{Agalloch}} - Includes Folk Metal but is a slight case of {{Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly}}
* Music/{{Alestorm}} - A combination of {{Pirate}} themed folk metal and American styled PowerMetal.
* Music/{{Amorphis}} - Mixes Folk Metal with elements of death metal (less so now) and prog.
* Music/{{Arkona}} - Russian Folk/Pagan band exploiting [[SlavicMythology Slavic]] themes (the name refers to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Arkona last bastion of Slavic paganism]]). Their vocalist subverts SopranoAndGravel by being a growling woman.
* Music/{{Battlelore}} - Gothic/Power/Folk Metal
* Music/{{Brezno}} - Slovenian folk metal
* Music/{{Chthonic}} (Chinese name: 閃靈 - Shǎnlíng, or "Elusive Spirit") - Taiwanese black metal featuring the erhu, a classical Chinese stringed instrument.
* Music/{{Cruachan}} - Celtic Metal
* Music/{{Dalriada}} - Hungarian Folk Metal; notable for covering several of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arany_János János Arany's]] ballads in 10+ minute [[EpicRocking epics]].
* Music/{{Eluveitie}} - Celtic/Melodic Death Metal
* Music/{{Elvenking}} - Power/Folk metal
* Music/{{Ensiferum}} - Death/Power/Folk Metal
* Music/{{Equilibrium}} - Symphonic folk metal
* Music/FairToMidland - [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly A mixture of folk, country, and metal]]
* Music/{{Finntroll}} - Black/Folk Metal with a heavy dose of ''humppa'' (a sort of Finnish polka) and strictly troll-themed lyrics. One of the odder examples of... anything.
* Music/HolyBlood - Christian Black/Folk Metal
* Music/InExtremo - Medieval Metal. They were the ones who evolved the genre from the Medieval Folk Rock Music/SubwayToSally and Ougenweide played to actual Metal.
* Music/{{Korpiklaani}} - More Folk than Metal, often sings about booze. Use both modern and traditional instruments. According to lead singer Jonne Järvelä, could be described as 'old people's music with heavy metal guitars' in Finland.
* Music/TheLordWeirdSloughFeg (also known simply as "Slough Feg") - More of a traditional metal band, but they do have some folkish elements.
* [[Music/MagoDeOz Mago de Öz]]: Spanish band.
* [[Music/MaelMordha Mael Mórdha]] - Celtic/Doom Metal
* Music/{{Melechesh}} - Assyrian-Armenian[[note]](often mistakenly assumed to be Israeli because they formed in Jerusalem, but none of them are ethnically Israeli and most of their lyrical themes are based around Mesopotamian/Sumerian mythology and occult themes)[[/note]] Oriental/Black metal
* [[Music/{{Metsatoll}} Metsatöll]] - Estonian folk metal, most notable for using the torupill (Estonian bagpipes).
* Music/{{Moonsorrow}} - Melodic black/folk metal, with substantial ProgressiveMetal influence from ''Verisäkeet'' on (three of their songs approach 30 minutes in length, one of them being seconds over that)
* Music/{{Moonspell}} - Their early material, as they later took a more gothic-oriented direction.
* Music/{{Oathean}}
* Music/OrphanedLand - Israeli [[ProgressiveMetal Progressive]]/Oriental Metal (also death and doom metal influence)
* Music/PaganReign - Russian folk metal
* Music/{{Panopticon}} - US black metal crossed with bluegrass.
* Music/{{Primordial}} - Irish blackened doom/folk metal
* Music/{{RottingChrist}} - Started out as straight black metal, though they started infusing gothic metal into their sound, along with Greek folk and neofolk.
* Music/{{Salem}} - Oriental Metal
* Music/{{SaltatioMortis}} - Medieval metal
* Music/{{Schandmaul}} - Medieval metal
* Music/{{Skyclad}} - Folk Metal
* Music/{{Skyforger}} - Latvian folk metal
* Music/SubwayToSally - Medieval metal
* Music/{{Suidakra}} - Celtic/Melodic Death Metal (some of their early stuff was Black Metal)
* Music/{{Turisas}} - Viking themed Folk Metal
* [[Music/{{Tyr}} Týr]] - Folk Metal with progressive elements.
* Music/{{Unbowed}} - Canadian brutal folk metal band with heavy black metal influences.
* Music/{{Waylander}}- Celtic metal.
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!!The following tropes can be found in folk metal:
* GoodOldWays: Quite many bands express longing for the old times, include pagan themes in their songs, or are neo-Pagan themselves.
* HeavyMithril: Displayed by a fair number of bands within the genre.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: The whole premise of "metal plus folk" is this. Within the genre itself, Finntroll is the standout example.
* OurTrollsAreDifferent: For some reason (possibly through Finntroll), trolls became a sort of a mascot for certain currents within the genre.
* TropeCodifier: Korpiklaani.
* TropeMaker: Skyclad. Of the three offshoots of folk metal: Cruachan is the TropeMaker for Celtic Metal, Orphaned Land is the TropeMaker for Oriental Metal, and In Extremo is the TropeMaker for Medieval Metal.
* UrExample:
** The latter portion of the Music/LedZeppelin song "Gallows Pole", as well as other Zeppelin songs like "Over the Hills and Far Away" and (for that matter) "Stairway to Heaven".
** Music/ThinLizzy's version of "Whiskey In The Jar".
* Irish folk-rockers The Music/{{Horslips}} were early pioneers of this genre: rock guitars and keyboards alongside traditional instruments, playing modern takes on old songs.
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