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Mael Mórdha : Manannán

The Irish bards are back with a pack of ghastly legends from the ancient times.

After Ataraxia and their concept about Llyr, here is Mael Mórdha and their concept album about Manannán, the son of Llyr and god of Sea him-self, like his father. But that's where the roads diverge, the Irish have choose Doom to pay tribute to the legend; epic, warlike, sometimes even brutal.

Behind this wall of guitars, mournful and savage all together, rises the voice of a genuine storyteller, awakening ballads of old days and lamenting the mistakes of the modern world and the loss of traditions. Mael Mórdha however do not abandon the struggle, and proudly stand alone to defend and remember and cherish their ancestors’ memory.

On ’Manannán’, you do not find the usual drinking songs and tumultuous parties that are the hallmark of a certain pagan scene, no, this piece of dynamic Doom is far more a documented reflection on ancient traditions and how their vanishing has left deep scars into the Nordmen’ flesh and soul. All backed up by a powerful music like the wind in your hair, like waves breaking on the cliffs, like the pungent taste of the foam on the lips and heavy as a stout right down your throat.

Forget the whiners who moan about how all was so much better before (let's admit: it was not!) And just take a lesson in history and legends by listening to the bards of Mael Mórdha.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Through the Lungs of the Dead
2. The Summoning
3. The Doom of the Races of Éire
4. Our Ancestors Dwell Here
5. Manannán
6. A Nation in Ruins
7. The Gaelic Twilight
8. Back To Éire I Go With A Heavy Heart

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes

Visit the Mael Mórdha bandpage.

Reviewed on 26-10-2010 by Laurent Lignon
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