Galar is from Bergen, Norway and to date has released 2 albums and 1 demo. Stylistically they play a folk infused black metal which has a fair bit of variety in it; most notably the piano and bassoon which really set them apart from the pack in terms of other folk metal bands. One of the main highlights of this band besides there awesome folk element, is the combination of the clean vocals and growls as they manage to do what many bands have trouble with and mesh the two together. Everything here manages to be majestic and passionate whilst delivering a very crushing experience.
Skogskvad hit the shelves in '06 and I personally wasn't a huge fan. They tended to take a more rudimentary approach to the music and not fuse the folk and black elements together and instead make each there own feature. I look at this album like a building block for the subsequent album as all the ideas were here everything just lacked execution.
Til Alle Heimsens Endar would be there next album and in my opinion the bands pinnacle sound. It featured much more musical variety and didn't fall into the black folk stereotype that the first one did. They also didn't make the mistake of getting too comfortable and made use of there musical range by switching up the atmosphere which gave this album a fair bit of replay value.
This band has a fair bit of diversity to it and is one of those bands that needs to sink in over time. I always find myself coming back to "Paa Frossen Mark".
Skogskvad (2006) - V0 MP3 / VBR
Til Alle Heimsens Endar (2010) - V0 MP3 / VBR