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Bretwaldas of Heathen Doom : Droner

The Bretwaldas' have a unique name to say the least. Dagfari Wartooth and Sceot Acwealde hail from the kingdom of Mercia (known for its swallows and coconuts) and bring us this fine piece of groovy heathen doom metal.

The music on 'Droner' can best be described as stoner, traditional doom and pagan metal all thrown into one. 'Wychwood', for example, is an uptempo groovy headbanger of a song, while 'Droner In The Fog' has a more epic and mellow feel to it. The whole album is lyrically reminiscent of early medieval times and ancient ghost-stories and fairytales. Combined with its musical contents, it makes for a pretty original release. The music has a pleasant 'seventies' feel to it, while it is still nice and heavy and certainly does not lean too heavily on the 'Sabbath-sound. The songs are catchy and varied and probably best suited for a live performance. This is in my opinion, music you need to hear at a gig to fully appreciate it.

In any case, it is pleasant to find an album like this between all the doom/death demos that are being released. It shows that there is more to modern doom than being directly inspired by "the big three" and that the genre is as varied as ever. Not everyday can you find a demo from a band called The Bretwaldas'.

If you are interested in purchasing the demo or finding out more, check out: www.metalprovider.com/bretwaldas [edit by admin.: The link is dead. Here is a new one: http://www.kingpenda.com/bretwaldas]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Wychwood
2. Droner In The Fog
3. Whispers Of Gods
4. The Hidden
5. Hillfort Ghoul
6. Place My Bones In The Ground

Duration : Approx. 31 minutes

Visit the Bretwaldas of Heathen Doom bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
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