|Review: Saurom Lamderth - Sombras del Este|
|Sombras del Este|
Label: Moon Records
Year released: 2002
Genre: Folk Metal
Review online: May 2, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
for:Sombras del Este
Saurom Lamderth is a Heavy/Folk Metal band from Spain and this double album is their second release, just a year after their debut. Sombras del Este is a concept record based on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. When you read the lyrics you find out that this has more in common with the movie than the book. The album is sung in Spanish and since I read the book and saw the movie in English I am extremely curious to see how it pans out.
Well, if you want the full effects that the band intended, you need to know the language, but not to enjoy the album as this is extremely catchy. As far as the musical side goes, this is mostly Folk Metal. There are lots of instruments played here, aside from the guitars, drums and bass there are bagpipes, flutes and keyboards that add a full blown orchestral sound and you get a very rich, epic sound. The songs reflect that sound with numbers like "La Posada del Poney Pisador", "De Hobbiton a los Gamos", the instrumental "Los Pilares de los Reyes" and the epic "El Concilio de Elrond," but really most of them are awesome one way or another. Even the interludes are great - "El Bosque Viejo" with beautiful operatic vocals by Ángeles Lago and "El Paso del Caradhras" with its full blown chorus cannot be skipped.
There are tons of guest artists present, all of them from Spanish metal bands - some you might know, such as: Elisa Martin from Dreamaker and former member of Dark Moor and Victor García from Warcry. They all contribute in a meaningful way to the album, not just some lines here and there. As far as the members of Saurom Lamderth, they are not the greatest musicians on the face of the planet but when you have this type of songwriting ability I am not going to complain much.
The only thing keeping this from being a perfect album is the last song "Mordonórienna (Hacia el País de las Sombras)" which begins like an outro, then you have to wait almost three minutes to hear the song. While it is a good ending to the album, that span is an annoying waste of space. Still, I am very impressed by the record, initially I didn't like it as much but with repeated listens I come to absolutely love the album. Essential for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien and Folk Metal.
P.S.. That is an awesome album cover!!!
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