In The Halls Of Our Ancient Fathers (demo)

Written by: PP on 21/10/2011 18:24:31

Celtic folk metal doesn't come any more authentic than from the Irish themselves, which Celtachor are out to prove on their demo "In The Halls Of Our Ancient Fathers". Considering that they are just in the demo stage of their career, their debut release is an impressive collection of songs that signal Celtachor as a band to keep your eye on as they progress out of their garage studio to something bigger and better.

As of now, Celtachor's expression is equal parts black metal and celtic folk metal. Though most songs rely on a Norwegian black metal sound in terms of the bleak instrumentation, the whistle/flute that occasionally occupies the top range of the soundscape and the rollicking vocal shrieks definitely push the band over the edge so it's safe to call them blackened celtic folk metal, whatever that term's worth. You can easily hear some Amon Amarth in the vocals, just like there's no doubt that Primordial and perhaps Switzerland's Eluveite have been an inspiration for the band, hence it's no surprise that the songs are very decent and, in the case of "Rise Of Lugh", even great in their genre. Unfortunately, they all suffer from a self-financed production that leaves all instruments (but especially the drumming) too blurry and drowned underneath the vocals, which is a shame because digging deeper into the awful mix, you find a couple of impressive tracks for a band at this stage of their career. For now, it's difficult to get much else out of what Celtachor are trying to do here other than their competent take on celtic folk metal because of the production, so I'll leave you (and the band) with this: they are definitely on the right track and with better production, these Irishmen are a band to watch out for in the future.

Download: Rise Of Lugh, A Warning To Balor, Rider's Of The Fomor
For the fans of: Amon Amarth, Primordial, Eluveite
Listen: Myspace

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