Celtachor – Nine Waves From The Shore

Nine Waves From The Shore
Released: 25th November 2012
Celtic Black Metal

Nine Waves From The Shore is the debut album from the Irish celtic black metal band Celtachor. It is the follow up to their two demos Signs of War and In the Halls of Our Ancient Fathers.

The Landing of Amergin sets the scene with an intro comprising sounds of waves; the start of a voyage perhaps or more likely the arrival at the destination based on the title of the track. What follows is some standard black metal infused with celtic tin whistle melodies. Think old Satyricon or Immortal with a touch of Waylander/Cruachan and you’ll get a pretty good idea of what I’m referring to. It’s an interesting mix as the melodic tin whistle provides a sharp contrast to the harsh vocals and coarse sounding guitars.

Then there’s The Battle Of Tailtin with comes complete with war chants, drums and battle noise for that authentic atmosphere. My knowledge of Irish mythology is very limited but it’s songs like this that make me want to find out more. Another track which stands out is the ballad The Sorrow of The Dagda with its acoustic guitar intro, haunting shout-like vocals, melodic guitar riffs and the ever-present tin whistle. The acoustic guitar makes a brief return half way through the song and again in the outro. In many ways this track is unique due to the main guitar style which owes more to melo-death and, dare I say it…progressive metal than black metal. It almost sounds like it’s from a different album.

The instrumental Tar éis an Sidhe is even more melodic and has this soothing feel to it due to a combination of acoustic guitar and tin whistle. Then Conn of The Hundred Battles kicks in offering a similar atmosphere to that of The Battle of Tailtin with more coarse guitar riffs and black metal vocals.


Iza Raittila


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