Fozzy’s the previous effort, Sin and Bones, turned out to be a turning point for the heavy metal formation. The record was received positively by the press and they gained a lot of new fans. Now, the American rockers, led by former professional wrestler Chris Jericho, are back with the album’s successor: Do You Wanna Start A War. Can this sixth full length meet the expectations that were set with the release of Sin and Bones? Read all!
It is almost two years since the last Grave Digger album Clash Of The Gods came out. So that’s about time for the band to release another one. Return Of The Reaper is album number sixteen since the band was formed in 1980. Obviously a highly productive band throughout the years. And in all that time they never really let us down. Read about that here!
Switzerland! The land of quality chocolates, overpriced cheese, pretty ladies and more than a few extreme metal bands.
Abinchova is one of them, but they’re a tidy bit different. When I was told about a “Folk Death Metal” band from Switzerland, the first band that came to my mind was obviously Eluveitie, which bear similar characteristics (Swiss, Death/Folk, a-lot-of-band-members, etc’) but at the moment Wegweiser, the band’s new release, started to spin – every similarity went to the bin, which is quite good since I feared I might find a clone. Read all
Naturbål – which, incidentally, is the third part in their four-album series about the natural elements. Jordpuls was dedicated to the element of earth, while Orkan focused on air; Naturbål is all about fire. What’s tripping me up here is the fact that Naturbål is so similar to its predecessors, and yet, it’s different in a myriad of ways. Read all
The third effort of the Brooklyn-based, post metal band Tombs successfully taps into the primal vibe that is at the core of metal music. This record, Savage Gold, has been getting raving reviews and the album has already been mentioned as a candidate for year lists. So, what is all the fuzz about?.. Read all!
Celtachor – In the Hall of Our Ancient Fathers
‘In the Hall of Our Ancient Fathers’ is Celtachor’s second demo release. The band hails from Ireland. The music, mainly black metal influenced (raw) and ‘folk’. Though the folk part only comes out when the band brings out the tin whistle (and bodhran) for some extra Irish flavour. That detail reminds a bit of Cruachan and Waylander. Lyrical influences come from Irish folklore. The band is unsigned so it is to be expected that the production isn’t all greatness, but bearable.
The demo starts of with Nemed’s Wake, an intro with pretty much only synths and a bit of a standard sound. Rise of Lugh starts off with a raw black metal atmosphere, the vocals sound a bit like early Bathory. Within minutes the tin whistle comes in which is good for the diversity of the music but it isn’t really a part of the song. In A warning to Balor, an up tempo song, Celthachor leaves out the tin whistle all together, which is a good thing, as it shows that they are capable of more complex melodies without adding the tin whistle. The Son’s of Tuireann and the blood fine is the pearl of this demo. It starts off calm with whistle melodies and then the guitar joins in. The music, instruments and vocals are unlike other songs on this demo and everything fits together perfectly and shows what the band is capable of.
All in all, In the Hall of Our Ancient Fathers is a decent demo. The band needs to continue working and perfect their music. The ground work is laid though and I hope to hear more from this band later on.
1. Nemed’s Wake
2. Rise of Lugh
3. In the Halls of Nuada
4. A warning to Balor
5. Riders of the Fomor
6. The Sons of Tuireann and the blood fine
7. The Wavesweeper