OPEN ACCESS - Toward the Wilderness
Heavy metal music has a lot of genres and from time to time some of them draw more attention from the listeners. This usually happens because some new bands and good works pop out. Folk metal, after the rise of bands like KORPIKLAANI, ALESTORM, TURISAS and so many more has earned the attention of the metal fans. Also this success led to a debate with some, who are against, claim that the new folk metal has become more pop oriented with some catchy melodies and choruses that you might like the moment you listen to them, but you easily forget. I personally like some of the above mentioned bands, but truth be told I have learned the folk metal sound through SKYCLAD, so I tend to recognize some of the suggestions of the opposite side as right. Personally I prefer my folk metal to have variety and not to be just for party and beer drinking.
OPEN ACCESS from Poland, whose EP I have already presented, is a nice surprise for me and in a way they are not the ordinary folk metal band that we are used to lately. Here in their debut album they continue to deliver a sound that balances between folk and traditional heavy and power metal tunes. The violins along with the guitars play a major role which gives character to the songs. So here you will have the chance to listen to songs that offer a variety of emotions that range from melancholic to high energetic and party tunes. The interesting thing though with these guys is that they never choose the easy solutions to create a song. Of course the folk metal clichés are here, but the band gives them to the listener in an original or fresh way if you prefer. Based on my own experience the band reminded me sometimes of groups like JAG PANZER, KNIGHT ERRANT and SKYCLAD. Finally one other thing that makes OPEN ACCESS distinguish is the use of female vocals that give a dramatic touch to the compositions.
So, if you want to listen to a folk metal band that is above the average folk metal bands these days, then you have to check these guys out.
Nick “Verkaim” Parastatidis