Solarcyles are a folk metal band from the Netherlands who incorporate Celtic and Scandinavian influences giving them a very alluring and interesting sound. The band describes their music 'an esoteric journey propelled by forces unable to behold'. They formed around five years ago and released their debut EP 'Ethereal Storms' in 2017, I didn't have the pleasure of hearing the EP back when first released but I'm very glad they were bought to my attention now...
Intro and opening song 'Hold On To The Sun' is short but impactful being atmospheric and setting the scene for what lies ahead and transitions wonderfully into 'Setting Sun' which blazes to life with fast guitar licks reminiscent of Nightwish instrumentally. We are graced with alluring vocals from Sascha Van Der Meer to accompany the lively folk instruments that are skilful and enchanting as the vocals throughout, this is a very enjoyable and ambient experience.
'Seven Spheres' opens on a blissful note before soaring guitars and instruments take hold and offer a beautifully crafted extremely melodic folk metal track which has everything you could hope for and will make you forget all you worries and concerns.
'Blood Moon' is sublime and captivating and is longest offering on the EP which you can simply get lost in as it flows along and progresses elegantly with yet more divine and beautiful vocals from Sascha.
Final track 'Clouded Stars' is dynamic and keeps things diverse with the addition of contrasting harsh male vocals to accompany the stunning clean vocals, making a powerful and strong one to end on, especially with another hard-hitting solo, it packs all their best elements into this final offering and features everything you would want.
'Ethereal Storms' EP is very appropriately named with the title embracing the sound wonderfully, it is blissful and endearing with a nice balance of airy optimism tinged with a darker gloomy current, making it a perfect listen to suit any mood. This is excellently composed folk metal at its peak and is a joy to listen to, it will be exciting to see what Solarcycles releases next.
You can buy "Ethereal Storms" at:
Check out the video for 'Setting Sun' below: