Tim Regan – Guitar, Vocals
Mike Wilson – Bass, Vocals
Nick Schneider – Violin, Vocals
Jon Lyon – Keys, Vocals
BG Drakeley – Drums
Daniel Tidwell – Guitar
Mark Williams – Violin
ISENMOR is a dual-violin fronted folk metal band from Baltimore, MD, USA. Combining elements of folk metal greats ENSIFERUM, HEIDEVOLK, ELUVEITIE, FALKENBACH, and TÝR, ISENMOR fuses the heart of the Old World with the spirit of those who sought out new shores, combining intricate violin passages with savage guitar riffs and multi-part vocal harmonies. ISENMOR tells tales of battle, drink, sorrow, and adventure, drawing lyrical inspiration directly from the original sources preserved since the Dark Ages.
ISENMOR describes itself as “Gewyrdelic Folc Metal.” “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. The use of a ‘c’ instead of a ‘k’ in the word “Folc” reflects the Old English spelling, which otherwise has the same meaning and pronunciation as it does in modern English.
ISENMOR was formed in May 2014 when guitarist Tim Regan and bassist Mike Wilson’s search for violinists to start a new folk metal band yielded two highly talented fiddle players, Nick Schneider and Miles Waldman. Rather than choose between the two, both were taken onboard. Drummer BG Drakeley and keyboardist Jon Lyon joined shortly thereafter, completing the lineup.
ISENMOR’s debut self-released EP, Land of the Setting Sun, was released on June 21st, 2015, the day of the Summer Solstice. The EP opens with “Death is a Fine Companion,” a song as brutal and chaotic as the tale of battle it tells. “Pyre” follows as a somber reminder of the reality of war and the lives it costs. The powerful title track, “Land of the Setting Sun,” captures the spirit of adventure and curiosity in men that inspired the voyages of discovery to Vinland. “So Willingly Deceived” is a solemn track, mourning men’s abandonment of their old gods for Christianity. And like a good drink at the end of the day, the EP finishes with the lively closer “The Old Mead Hall.” CD versions of the EP include bonus material: covers “Havoc” by ELUVEITIE and “In My Sword I Trust” by ENSIFERUM, as well as acoustic versions of “Pyre” and “So Willingly Deceived.”
ISENMOR is now focusing their sights on promoting the release of Land of the Setting Sun,completing writing for the band’s first fulllength album, continuing to performing live, and whatever awaits wherever the wind shall carry them.