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Historical Folk Metal Band ISENMOR Emerges Victorious with Release of Shieldbrother, Available Today

Historical Folk Metal Band ISENMOR Emerges Victorious with Release of Shieldbrother, Available Today

Listen to a Full Shieldbrother Album Stream Now via Revolver

After four battle-worn years of work, countless setbacks and even greater victories, the long-awaited debut full-length from gewyrdelic folk metal band ISENMOR, Shieldbrother, is available today.

To celebrate the release, ISENMOR has partnered with Revolver for an exclusive Shieldbrother full album stream. Listen to the album now at

"Recording and releasing ‘Shieldbrother’ has been such a huge undertaking, I'm thrilled the day has finally arrived that our fans can hear the result of our efforts,” says drummer David Spencer. “Today we are proud and excited to unleash it into the wild. We hope many brothers and sisters will join our shield wall and drink to glory with us!"

The Maryland-based ISENMOR sings tales of harrowing battlescapes and historic foes in their “gewyrdelic folk metal” style: a blend of metal, orchestral, and folk music, combining intricate violin leads and rich vocal harmonies with a strong guitar-driven folk metal base inspired by the stalwarts of the genre including Týr, Ensiferum, and Eluveitie. “Gewyrdelic” is an Old English word that roughly translates to “historical.” The meaning of the term, as well as its etymology, describe ISENMOR’s lyrical and thematic focus on the history and legends of the Anglo-Saxon and Germanic peoples. 

Shieldbrother delivers tales of glory with the triumphant title track “Shieldbrother” and the furious “Furor Teutonicus,” sorrowful tales of woe such as the mournful “Battle Scarred” and the dirge-like “Mount Badon,” a 17-minute epic entitled “Sigurd’s Song,” and of course the obligatory folk metal drinking song, “Drink to Glory,” featuring an accompanying video that showcases the group’s signature dual-violin attack.

Among ISENMOR’s great victories in working on Shieldbrother is a Kickstarter campaign that reached its initial goal in one week and tripled in just a few short months. As epic as the band itself, the campaign offered extensive levels of contributions with amazing rewards that ranged from a download of the album and exclusive band t-shirt to an ISENMOR engraved drinking horn tankard and even a full-size shield, handmade by lead violinist/vocalist Nicholas Schneider, who is active in historical fencing and reenactment.

Shieldbrother was self-recorded and mixed, then mastered by the legendary Dan Swanö of Unisound. Shieldbrother is available now at

ISENMOR previously released the 2015 Land of the Setting Sun EP and 2016 “Saxon Shore” single. Together since 2014, the band has shared the stage with numerous international metal acts, and has had repeat performances at the Maryland Folk Metal Festival and Pocono Folk, Pagan and Viking Metal Fest.


Peter Lesko - Lead Guitar

Jon Lyon - Keys, Vocals

Tim Regan - Guitar, Vocals

Nicholas Schneider - Violin, Vocals

David Spencer - Drums

Mark Williams - Violin

Mike Wilson - Bass, Vocals

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