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Celtachor – Nine Waves From The Shore

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 6th January 2013 by izaforestspirit

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

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.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila

 

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Erutan – Raindancer [2011]

Posted in Folk with tags , , , , , on 18th March 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Band: Erutan
Album: Raindancer
Release Year: 2011
Genre: Celtic/Medieval/Folk

“Raindancer” is the debut album medieval folk singer-songwriter “Erutan”.

The first track of the album is “The Willow Maid” which begins with a calm flute intro mixed with what sounds to be lute or acoustic guitar. The vocals are powerful and  very Celtic-sounding. The flute makes more appearances through the track, adding a certain mystique to the album. The track finishes slowly, making way for the next track “Song Of Joy”, which begins with folk styled percussion and some very cheery sounding vocals. The use of a lute adds a very Celtic atmosphere to the track. “No One But You” comes next, beginning with a slow, depressed sounding piano medley which is soon accompanied by some very strong but slow vocals. This track is certainly one of the best on the album, due to it’s brilliant composition and emotional level.

“Round and Round” comes next beginning with a beautiful Celtic-Medieval sounding intro. The vocals  are still going strong and bring an emotional atmosphere to the track. Next is “Butterfly’s Dream”, which begins with a melancholy sounding intro mixed with very strong vocals. The title track “Raindancer” comes after, beginning with the sound of rain, thunder and birds singer. The instrumentation is absolutely astounding on this track, especially as it’s mixed with the sound of rain and thunder, giving it a more natural sound. Again, the vocals are very strong.

“Temple of the Sky” follows, beginning with a lute and piano intro. This track isn’t as good as the previous tracks. Next is “Birds of a Feather” which is somewhat of a medieval sounding love song. The vocals seem softer and the instrumentation also seems to be lacking as well. The next two tracks “Will o’ the Wisp” and “Winter Moon” aren’t exactly impressive tracks, nor are they exactly bad ones. The album finishes on “So Far Away and So Near” which begins with a beautiful intro mixed with powerful yet soft vocals. The instrumentation is brilliant on this track. The flute sections add a certain beauty to the track and the piano add a very classical mystique to the track as well. “So Far Away and So Near” is a brilliant finish to the album.

For a debut album, this is pretty impressive despite a few not so impressive tracks. The album, mostly, is well composed and overall has great production values. Hopefully, “Erutan” will be releasing more albums in the near future.

4/5

Nico Davidson