Celtachor have released yet a must buy now album entitled “Nine Waves From the Shore”. Celtachor is a heady mixture of metal and folk that is positively a joy to listen to. “Nine Waves From the Shore” is chock full of Irish mythology set to some pretty wicked music. Hailing from Ireland, Celtachor boasts Stephen Roche on vocals, Irish whistle, and bodhran. Nope, I don’t know what that is, but he makes it sound damn good. Guitar duties are masterfully helmed by Fion Stafford and David Quinn. The rhythm section consists of Emile Quigley on bass and Anais Chareyre on drums.
‘The Landing of Amergin’ is a strong driving song. It actually sounds like long ships crashing through the waves. It’s the combination of guitars and bass that give it the forward momentum. Anais Chareyre‘s drumming reminds me of waves crashing onto a wooden hull. The song is wonderfully accented by a flute (or Irish Whistle) melody that rides over it. I guess this is what makes it a “folk” song, that is, if folk is described a heavy death metal dirge with wicked guitars and heart pounding drums. One would think at 3:37 the song would be over. Indeed it could be, but Celtachor kick it up a notch with some really good folk flute playing and tribal drums… for a moment. The guitar playing slams back into the track and a very Iron Maiden like guitar homage happens. I’m digging the album so far and I’m only five minutes into the first song.
‘The Battle of Tailtin’ starts out with what could be described as folk drumming or beat boxing 1950s style. Gene Krupa would approve. Now the totally bitchin’ part of the song comes 2:36 in where it segues into a battle sequence! No lie! Swords clanging, hordes screaming, all set to flute and drums. Then a blood curdling scream!
‘The Kingship of Bodb Dearg’ begins with the most soulful flute playing ever. Better than mine, I can tell you and I’ve played since fourth grade. It’s augmented by acoustic guitar and what sounds like an electric bass guitar. The beauty melts into a seriously cool metal tune.
‘Sorrow of The Dagda’s’ opening strains sound like ‘Chop Suey’ from System of a Down. Stephen’s vocals have no range in this song. It’s like he is singing using only one note. It works because the music itself is so expressive. The ending guitar solos remind me of a mix of Iron Maiden and 70s prog rock. The ending of the song is ethereal and mystic. The composition of ‘Sorrow of Dagda’ is myriad and intense.
‘Tar eis an Sidh’e’ is a gorgeously done instrumental that calls upon the waves and sea. While ‘Conn of The Hundred Battles’ is a tried and true metal tune full of scorching guitars and pounding drums. “Nine Waves From the Shore” ends on a very high note with ‘Anann: Ermne’s Daughter’.
I truly enjoyed listening to Celtachor‘s “Nine Waves From the Shore”. It combines the really choice elements of heavy metal with the sweeping vistas and depths of black metal all rolled up in Irish mythology.