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Review: Ruadh - The Rock of the Clyde
The Rock of the Clyde

Label: Northern Silence Productions
Year released: 2020
Duration: 53:55
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black/Folk Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: May 26, 2020
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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The Rock of the Clyde

Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)

This is another one-man band, this time by a guy named Tom Perrett, and if you can't guess where he is from by the name of this album, then you are not thinking about it hard enough. Named for the ancient stone formation on which Dumbarton Castle was built, the so-called Dumbarton Rock is the oldest continually inhabited place in Scotland, having been fortified since at least the Iron Age.

If I had to use two words to describe this, it would be "Scottish Bathory", which is a bit simplistic, but pretty close. The influence from later-period Bathory works like Twilight of the Gods is unmistakable, though it must be admitted that Perrett's harsh vocals are not as good as Quorthon's, but his clean singing is way better. When the music is slower and more melodic and Perrett sings, this sounds much more individual and cool. The harsher parts still sport some really great guitar melodies and solid songwriting, but they are just more generic. The folk elements in this are in sounds and melodies, rather than authentic folk instruments, which gives the whole thing an almost Moonsorrow kind of vibe. This isn't a masterwork, but it is really good, and this is a band to watch for.

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