One of Ireland's oldest black-style metal bands present us with their
first CD. And it's a good CD filled with quality ideas, although the
metal aspect of everything tends to have lost it's appeal. The lyrics are
great as with most other Irish bands, and the opening track is presented
in Gaeilge, which is always nice.
The first track, which in reality is an intro, is the obvious standout.
As a matter of fact, it's the perfect combination of power and
atmosphere. It starts out with a simple acoustic guitar, which is thus
augmented with the addition of the same instrument, although electrical.
Drums kick in, and Naihmass starts with a spoken part. The music then
drops off a bit, and kicks into a much more powerful bit, with Naihmass
eventually screaming out the last few lines. Well done.
Sadly, the music that follows this truly impressive track is not quite
as good. It gets boring after awhile actually, although some of the
sections are really good stuff. Slow and at times doomy black metal
filled with synth, clean vocals, and some more upbeat sections. The
vocals are great though, and with some additional work on the music,
these two forces could combine to create a CD that would crush most of
the other opposition.
As a citizen of the bands country (Rugadh mé i gCorcaigh), I at times
find myself with a soft spot for it's bands. No matter how miserably
they may fail with a release, nationalism tends to get in the way when I
listen to them. I thus truly enjoyed this release, despite the fact that
the music got boring at times, and have a feeling their upcoming CD will
be a true standout. Others may just find it average though.
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