Power of Metal.dk Review

Yonder Realm
The Old Ways
Style: Melodic Death/Folk Metal
Release date: 14 February, 2015
Playing time: 47:02

A folk metal band from New York you say, how could one forget? Yonder Realm got my attention from the very beginning. It is a bit amusing how I have discovered this band as I stumbled upon them on a Wintersun fan forum when their singer/guitarist recommended I listen to them some 3 or 4 years ago - back when their "Beyond a Long Lost World" EP was just released. When I first listened to ”The Mystic” and ”Nemeton (The Realm of Suffering),”  they cued in more black metal influences. Nowadays it seems they have figured out their true sound and what a transformation it is! Their first full-length "The Old Ways" possesses a sound that is a mixture of melodic death and folk metal.

The first thing I had noticed upon receiving this album were the epic cosmic song titles. They might just be as impressive as the songs themselves; very well written with great detailed layers that enhances the overall intended sound. The album is very consistent from beginning to end and it holds your attention, especially the intro ”Sacrifice to the Old Stone Gods” – what a grand entry! Being highly influenced by guitar virtuosos himself, Jesse McGunnigle squeezes a lot of progressive guitar lines in as well as melodic and energetic guitar solos. One can hear great variations from Kalmah, earlier Ensiferum, as well as Eluveitie. Great influences!

It is a very pleasant surprise to hear so much improvement since their EP. After listening to "The Old Ways" I can with confidence say that they have greatly deserved sharing the stage with bands in the similar genre such as Alestorm, Arkona, Blackguard, Korpiklaani, Metsatöll, Turisas, Tır etc. Yonder Realm has a different approach to the folk metal genre and they are on par with a lot of the bands mentioned.

With other thriving bands such as Thrawsunblat, Wilderun and now with Yonder Realm it is clear that folk metal is alive in North America!

01. Sacrifice to the Old Stone Gods (04:24)
02. Sea of Cosmos (03:44)
03. Crows (04:46)
04. The Old Ways (04:09)
05. The Frugivores (03:53)
06. Enter the Grove (01:54)
07. Under the Rising Moon (04:43)
08. The Pillars of Creation (06:27)
09. A Devil’s Unweaving (05:56)
10. The Moonbeam Road (07:06)
Label: Maple Metal Records
Distribution: Alliance ENT
Reviewed by: Haydee G.
Date: 03 May, 2015
Website: www.facebook.com/yonderrealm