Suidakra - Book Of Dowth review
|Album:||Book Of Dowth|
|Release date:||March 2011|
01. Over Nine Waves
02. Dowth 2059
04. Biróg's Oath
05. Mag Mell
06. The Dark Mound
08. Stone Of The Seven Suns
09. Fury Fomoraigh
10. Otherworlds Collide
11. Rise Of Taliesin [classical re-arranged version] [Digipak bonus]
12. When Eternity Echoes [classical re-arranged version] [Digipak bonus]
+ Dowth 2059 [video] [Digipak bonus]
Some bands play violins near a frozen fjord and call it Folk Metal. Some bands get drunk in a sauna and record Polka songs and call it Folk Metal [you know who you are]. Not so with the German metallers of Suidakra. What you get is breakneck Melodic Death drenched in Folk influences and the tradition continues with Book Of Dowth. Logical successor to 2006's Caledonia and 2009's Crógacht, this album might finally crown the band with glory.
The folk cloak is always there to wrap a tight rhythm section while the driving force behind the music is as always their killer guitar riffs and head banging melodies. Front man Arkadius Antonik once more handles all kinds of vocals with brio from clean to growls.
What makes this record exceptional in my view is the order of the tracks. The killer intro blends in with the juggernaut "single". The calm interludes and semi-ballad only reinforce the strength of the album, which is something few bands have achieved over the years. However, the real genius fact is that the album seems to keep building with the last two songs - if you exclude the outro - being the true killer tracks.
The digipack edition also allows listeners to rediscover some of their previous work as it includes classical re-arranged versions of "Rise Of Taliesin" [originally from 2000's The Arcanum] and "When Eternity Echoes" [from 2003's Sign For The Fallen].
Another year goes by, another killer Suidakra offering to enjoy. Book Of Dowth continues the trend without repeating its predecessors, a testament to their ingenuity. A very solid, uniform monolith of Folk influenced Melodic Death Metal to feast on. Let's bring out the bagpipes and celebrate in unison.
Written on 12.05.2011 by
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