Quotes & Reviews
"One thing many love about Folk Metal is its use of indigenous instruments and themes, and what a better band to bring such exquisite vibes to the fest than a seven-piece complete with a violinist, a hurdy-gurdy player and a bagpipe carrying vocalist.
Blown away would be an understatement for Isarnos. These guys rode forth onto the proverbial battlefield and scorched the earth of all evil several times; then they blew the place to kingdom come and back again. A good rendition of many tales of adventure complete with images of battles and quests into the unknown came to mind as I and the crowd cheered and bellowed along to Isarnos’s sing-along melodies and rhythm changes.
If you like your Folk Metal to be something out of this world then please check out Isarnos."
"How the hell have Isarnos escaped me, they are from London after all? Now this is the sort of band I really expected Warhorns to pull out the bag and they didn’t disappoint in the slightest. We have violin, hurdy-gurdy box, pipes, tin whistle and err count them seven members doing all sorts of things on the stage. The manic brand of folky metallic goodness saw the crowd pressing themselves right down to the front and going suitably mad to the musical storm on stage.
The singer talked about being united in blood and that it seemed we were. The burgeoning pace of numbers like Cunos had tales of these Isles recanted with panache and this lot are certainly entertaining making very good drinking partners. There’s some soulful female vocals thrown into the mix and plenty going on. Calling them the UK version of Eluveitie, would be no injustice."
"These guys have a different sound to most bands even in the folk metal genre and people are loving it. The music is something that envelops and has you picking out the various instrument elements, as they effortlessly swap between instruments.
To watch the guys move and dance and see the amps vibrate alongside them was great, a terrific attitude, some joviality in the set, far too many folk metal bands are far too serious and sometimes don’t portray the fact they enjoy what they do. There is a really good mix between Oli’s growling vocals and Christine’s clean ones and the backing vocals all the way through sound great. There’s a certain groove to what these guys do; that isn’t present in most folk metal either. If you get the chance to see these guys live at a venue near you – do it! Consider my eyes well and truly opened."
"They were well worth the wait and the comparatively small speakers around the tiny stage were soon blasting with guitars, drums and penny whistles. They warmed up in next to no time and had the crowd jigging along with them throughout their short set. As the first band on the stage, they set the standard for the weekend – more people watching them than could fit into the tiny venue and appreciative roars between songs, Isarnos were the first to demonstrate that even the more low key acts at Bloodstock could hold their own."
“Never have you seen such crazy instruments put together to create a folk metal bombastic brilliance as we gt with with Isarnos… there is always one that goes above and beyond in the weird and wonderful and this year it belonged to Isarnos. They were a great hit, the crowd was six rows deep outside the tent and they were going mental for the incredible music that was being pumped out… one to seriously watch out for in your local area to go and see to believe it”
“Over the years Bloodstock has been known as a place to check out the very best in folk metal. While recent years has seen a downturn in the number of folk bands being booked, it doesn’t detract from the quality of the bands they do. The latest in a long line of quality folk metal booking here is Isarnos. Flutes? Check. Whistles? Check. Hurdy-Gurdy? Check. A kick ass time? You betcha”