I'm currently on an adventure to find the best folk/black metal bands in Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. I have just come across the wonderful band Finntroll, which describes their music as "trollish hoedown metal", and it is something to behold.
One of my favourite Finntroll songs at the moment comes from their 2012 album Nifelvind and is titled Under Bergets Rot. It has one of the most infectious melodies I've heard in a long time, and I'm curious as to whether a real instrument is being played when said melody kicks in, or if it's some kind of synth. It begins at around the 15 second mark and, judging by the sound, I'd say it could be either a stringed instrument or a wind instrument, if it is a real instrument at all.
Can anyone tell? Thanks in advance!
P.S. I highly recommend this band to any fan of folk/pagan/viking metal.