Have you ever made a thought starting with the preposition “what if?” If you haven’t I think it is something that you should try. A lot of beautiful and creative thoughts can come from this. So imagine if in the medieval times electricity existed and heavy metal music was invented. How would the songs from that era sound? This is pretty much how KANSEIL from Italy thought and were formed back in 2010 and this album which means “your land” is their answer to their own “what if”.
THE COVER: It has soft and beautiful colors and an image that fits perfectly to a folk metal band. On the background you can see mountains and in front a tree which has its roots upon a rock. The beauty of this cover shines through its simplicity.
MUSICAL STYLE: I have already mentioned that KANSEIL belong to the folk metal genre, but their sound is very detailed and combines quite a lot of different musical styles. They have the folk melodies that come from their country, but there is also a strong Celtic and Teutonic folk vibe in their melodies. Sometimes their music also flirts with medieval tunes that make you think of other eras long gone. Besides the folk melodies which are the melodic part of their sound, KANSEIL have a heavy face too and this is expressed through the black and melodic death metal riffs that exist in the whole release. KANSEIL musically and lyrically might draw influence from the ancient times, but their songs and especially their lyrics can work also as parables for our modern society.
COMPOSITIONS: In this release you will have the opportunity to listen to 11 compositions which are a mixture of folk melodies with death/black metal riffs. The album has variety and a convincing atmosphere that can make the listener escape for a little from our modern world, but it can also make him/her think about the world we live in today (times might change, but humans not so much). In my opinion the fans of bands like IN EXTREMO, FOLKSTONE, ELUVEITIE and WAYLANDER will enjoy this album.
CONCLUSION: I know that in our days there are too many releases from each genre out there and it is hard to listen to them all, but in my opinion KANSEIL in their debut album offer us some good folk metal tunes which are not catchy and demand to give them some time and attention to fully enjoy them. In their debut album they have proven themselves worthy and I hope to see them releasing even better albums than this one. I will recommend this release to folk metal fans that don’t search for cheap thrills, but for music with essence.