Epica is the band that introduced me to the metal scene and even though I have a taste for heavier, sometimes darker music now, I’ll probably always follow this Dutch six piece. Their previous effort, Requiem for the Indifferent, is one of my favourites in the bands career. Now let’s see how their sixth full length, The Quantum Enigma, measures up to that.. Read all!
Reviewing this album is like an early Christmas present for me to say the least. Catacombs of the Black Vatican combines all the elements of past Black Label Society albums and adds much more to it, giving the listener an experience unlike any they have heard before. Zakk Wylde was involved in every aspect of this album, from song-writing, producing and even mixing. he sound quality and mix of this album is second to none.. Read all!
It has been nearly two years since Delain released their We are the Others album and the band has been busy in between. Not only have they released the mini album Interlude, but since then, they have been touring all over the world. Now, Delain continues their journey with the new effort The Human Contradiction in which they still adress the “otherness” issues that humans cope with on a daily basis.. Read all!
With its first full length called Vinteroffer, the Norwegian black metal band Vredehammer wants to crawl from the underground, break its way through the permafrost and present their music to the worldwide metal scene. Backed up by a label as Indie Recordings and a pretty good debut album, they should have no trouble taking the first steps to world domination.. Read all!
Finland has always been a mighty Black Metal region, producing well known names in the genre such as Beherit, Horna, Behexen, Impaled Nazarene and the list goes on and on for miles, until one eventually stumbles upon Sargeist. Although it has been Shatraug’s (of Horna and Behexen) personal project at the beginning and later on was joined by other members of the two above mentioned bands, Sargeist quickly flourished in the underground and succeeded in making a name for themselves.. 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