February 19, 2013

Caladan Brood - Echoes of Battle

Review by Sean Golyer.

Caladan Brood - Echoes of Battle. Epic black metal done right. Huge orchestration and powerful synths. Big, brooding tracks. Classic black metal vocals executed perfectly alongside a rousing chorus of clean male vocals. Medieval melodies and long, catchy riffs that never get old. Also a great deal of variation and movement. Cheesy? Maybe. But unmatched in quality and dedication to the style in which they play. Not even Summoning was this good.

Oh, and did I mention GUITAR SOLOS? Like, REAL, classic heavy metal guitar solos. Not overindulgent, but not without prowess and skill on the fretboard.

If you don't find yourself humming along, pounding your chest wishing to go on an adventure to vanquish evil, you're doing it wrong. Epic doesn't even begin to describe this album. I haven't been this pumped about a metal album in a long time.

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  1. I'm so pscyhed to see this on BC. I actually asked the band about this on FB, but at the time the band didn't think it would be available on BC. I had resigned myself to either paying a gajillion dollars for overseas shipping or just hoping it made its way to a North American distributor sooner or later. Excellent news!

    Now I can focus on sending incoherent threats to Ash Borer to make sure their upcoming album is available in some form other than vinyl.

    1. It is a rousing album. Andy didn't like it much, or rather found it way too similar to Summoning.

      I have also been asking around for a Bandcamp release of the new Ash Borer. Let's cross our fingers.