Don't let the fact that the band features not one but two violinists, Mark Williams and Nicholas Schneider, mislead you: Isenmor "tend towards the darker, more brutal side of folk metal," promises the latter. That approach is showcased on the Maryland sextet's battle-ready debut full-length, Shieldbrother, which dropped today (October 9th) via Bandcamp. To help usher it into the world, the group have teamed with Revolver to premiere the LP's YouTube stream.
Isenmor have dubbed their style "gewyrdelic folk metal," "gewyrdelic" being an Old English word that roughly translates to "historical." The meaning of the term, as well as its etymology, describe the band's thematic focus on the myths and legends of the Anglo-Saxon and Germanic peoples. To that end, Shieldbrother is packed with tales of toil and triumph, from the exultant title track and the mournful "Battle Scarred" to the 17-minute epic "Sigurd's Song" and the rousing drinking song "Drink to Glory." Listen above.