In my experience, there tend to be two kinds of folk metal fans: those who like their music raw, earthy, and primal, and those who prefer a more polished, sanded-down sound. I tend to put myself in the latter category, so if I’m honest, I can’t say I’ve ever been the biggest Metsatöll fan. Yet I can appreciate what my fellow folk metal fans see in the band; their sound has an energy and an edge that can be hard to find elsewhere in the folk metal world these days.. Read all!
After a small line-up change, Adrenaline Mob is back with their second album. And how better to announce this, than starting your new album with an opener song which says exactly the same. Read all about that here..
Morbus Chron has surpassed the musical limits of their first full length effort, Sleepers In the Rift. A fairly straightforward and well-liked old school death metal record. With their sophomore record, Sweven, this Swedish quartet enters territory that often only veteran bands venture into after an X amount of years in service: the post/progressive side of the metal. Away from the defined genres and breaking new ground.. Read all!
Hero A Capella Metal. A lot of you probably don’t know what to expect from that. I will leave the neverending discussion about if metal “needs” guitars to be true metal for now and focus on this album that I have listened to quite a bit. The new Van Canto is out and it seems more diverse than ever.. Read all!
More Than A Thousand is a Portugal based Metalcore band. This five piece band was started in 2001. The band resided for 4 years in London, UK but ultimately relocated back to their hometown in Portugal. More than a Thousand has recently signed with Good Fight Records/E-one music and this release should please a wide array of listeners.. 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