Review Haiku:

Blackened Folk Metal

Celtachor beat drums ov war

Sagas come to life.

When a band’s major influences consist ov bands like Enslaved and Absu, you can only hope they are destined for greatness! I had great preexisting expectations for this album, as I am a big fan of Blackened Celtic Folk Metal, especially when it carries a compelling, historic storyline with the retelling of legends and such. Since my knowledge and possession of Sabbat‘s 1989 Dreamweaver album and its companion book The Way of Wyrd, which dealt with Celtic Sorcery and Mysticism, I have been searching for similar works ever since.  Great music is one thing, but combined with deeply historical, mythological messages embedded in the lyrical content, and traditional musical compositions. . . well, this is proof that the spirit ov the Bard lives on!

The album begins with Nemed’s Wake, a mellow intro. Complete with bodhran drums accompanied by deep dark tones, the intro merges into Rise of Lugh: a heavy, Black-Metal-flavored Folk piece complete with an Irish whistle, which gives to the song that unmistakable, otherworldly Celtic ambience. The lyrical content exemplifies these Irish sagas to the point it’s like reading a poetic, Cliff’s Notes version ov these stories. Track four, A Warning to Balor, has a real 80’s flavor to it to me, as the guitar riffs exhibit that type ov vibe. The last track, The Son’s of Tuireann and the Blood Fine is definitely the grand finale, as it tops the album off nicely . . . it was surely my favorite piece.

My only real complaint is that I wish there were more tracks, making it little longer. The entire album consists ov seven tracks and clocks in at just under thirty-five minutes. (But hey, that’s three tracks and twenty one minutes longer than Slayer‘s Haunting the Chapel, right?) If one was going to check out this genre to see if it is to their liking, this would be a great start as Celtachor incorporate every element included in genuine Celtic/Folk Black Metal. So cut your teeth on Celtachor! Or if you are an old head like me, who has been down with this type ov material forever, there are things which should surely resonate with your previously acquired taste. From the discography, to the music and lyrics, to the overall Current, this is Blackened Celtic/Folk Metal straight from Ireland and undeniably straight from the heart.

Hail Cú Chulainn!  Hail Celtachor!

Self Released, 2010