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Blood On The Black Robe - Lars Bjørn - 6 stars

Blood On The Black Robe

Blood On The Black Robe
(Candlelight Records - 2011)

A very strange album from the Irish fighters from Dublin, the band Cruachan, a band that focuses on Celtic themes both in song texts and choice of instruments. This new album is called Blood On The Black Robe, and they give their best to convince their fans that they still claims the front position of Irish folk, pagan and Celtic metal. They had many difficulties along the way with a big number of changes in the band, problems getting the right formation, and it has now led to the conclusion that frontman Keith Fay do all the vocals, in an attempt to stabilize the continuity of the Cruachan band. Musically it sounds like their ideas comes to an end even before the songs are really finished, and they often repeat themselves with the same themes and experimenting in the songs, and none of the songs on Blood On The Black Robe stands out as exceptional hits. Violins, flute and very heavy guitars are the main content of their music, they have a good basic powerful rhythm that reaches a good distance, but somewhere in the songs they fail to put the vital sharpness and magic touch to make it real good. 14 members has walked out of band in the last decade, and that could be part of the answer to their setback.

6 stars

Lars Bjørn


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