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Review: Mael Mordha - Cluain Tarbh
Mael Mordha
www.mael-mordha.com
Cluain Tarbh

Label: Karmageddon Media
Year released: 2005
Duration: 46:46
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 5/5

Review online: September 29, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Wow. I liked Mael Mordha's most recent album really well, so I was excited to get a hold of their all-but-impossible-to-find debut from 2005. I was expecting this to be another fine slice of Celtic Doom Metal, what I was not expecting is how totally awesome this would turn out to be.

There aren't many bands from Ireland you actually hear of, but when you do, you can be sure they will rule mightily: Primordial, Celtic Legacy, and now Mael Mordha, who made the best debut album I may have ever heard. Cluian Tarbh is a concept album about the crucial Battle of Clontarf, which changed the face of Irish history, and it is a crunching, showstopping exercise in Trad/Doom magnificence. Mael Mordha mix powerful doom riffs and a punishingly heavy guitar sound with powerful vocals and Celtic musical flourishes to create a distinct and enthralling sound. There are no bad songs on here, not even any mediocre ones, from the epic "Winds Of One Thousand Winters" through the pounding title track all the way through the heavy-as-fuck "Pauper Of Souls" this thing just kills. A hundred to the left, a hundred to the right. I don't think it too many. An essential for fans of Epic Doom Metal. Outstanding.


Track Listing:
  1. An Tús
  2. Winds of One Thousand Winters
  3. The Serpent and the Black Lake
  4. Cluain Tarbh
  5. I Am The Wench's Bane
  6. The Man All Hate to Love
  7. Pauper of Souls
  8. Realms of Insanity
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