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On disc: Suidakra

Lupine Essence - Volker Raabe - 7 stars
Emprise To Avalon - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars
Book Of Dowth - Lars Bjørn - 9 stars

Book Of Dowth

Book Of Dowth
(AFM Records - 2011)

To mark their 10th album we get this wonderful masterpiece from Suidakra, a German band who are inspired by Celtic items and history. It's not the first time they do a concept album, and here we go again with a perfect release. Suidakra describes the ancient historic battle that took place in the Irish area of Dowth, and what's better than to keep everything to the Celtic origins.... The mound that holds the original tombs in the famous cemetery of Dowth, Ireland gets a revival here in a way that not many historians would have thought about.
The song Dowth 2059 may seem like a strange title, but it marks the 1,000 Years anniversary of the serious plundering and burnings during the year of 1059 where the small Irish society was burnt downs by the enemies. The songs The Dark Mound, and also Stone Of The Seven Suns focus on the surroundings after the battles and slayer that took place. The history of the Celtic past is moving, and so is this new CD from Suidakra.
The album contains 10 songs + 3 bonus songs on the digipack CD, and it's a absolutely brilliant mix of melodic Celtic power metal, starting with Over Nine Waves, an instrumental song made of raw melodic power where you can really feel the wind blowing across the landscape. Dowth 2059 gives creative intelligent guitar riffs and again this awesome power such a hymn deserves. Battle-Cairns is a power metal song, very melodic with a hint of pirate metal the way that Grave Digger would have made it, if it was in their hands. Birog's Oath is a soft song with classical guitars and bongo drums that superbly follows the Irish folk music tradition... just added tons of Celtic metal. Mag Mell are again classical guitars, violins... and ghost whispers. Super power metal in all the songs, and Stone Of The Seven Suns even gives us a mix of crashing hard powers and melodic pirate metal, and as the last song we have Otherworlds Collide, which is also a soft classical song including great sounds of very heavy thunder, so that the foundations are seriously shaken, exactly as it took place in Dowth those many years ago.

9 stars

Lars Bjørn


Emprise To Avalon

Emprise To Avalon
(Century Media - 2002)

The German melodic black / death metal band has released several albums since they foun­ded the band in 1994. Now they signed a world-wide record deal with Century Media. With Emprise To Avalon the band of Arkadius presents a conceptual album which tells the story of King Arthur, Excalibur and the magic of Avalon. Due to the story line the band offers a large musical variety incl. atmospheric acoustic parts (Dinas Emrys), songs with folk elements (The Highking) and melodic black / death tracks like Pendragon's Fall. The German trio made themselves known at least with playing at festivals like Wacken, Wave Gothic Treffen and Party-San festival. Due to the musical variety the bands following is not just limited to the black / death metal scene, coz fans of Skyclad and Blind Guardian are interested in them, too. Okay, you have to be open-minded, but then you might discover the quality and beauty of Emprise To Avalon!

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


Lupine Essence

Lupine Essence
(self-released - 1997)

The young German band Suidakra release with Lupine Essence an interesting death / black metal album. They add to the death / black metal music some medieval folk elements, a demonic voice and filigree female vocals.
My resume is that Suidakra is a newcomer band which has the potential and I hope that we will here more from the youngsters in future!
Check out: Heresy and Havoc.

7 stars

Volker Raabe
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)


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