|Review: Corr Mhóna - Abhainn|
Label: Satanath Records
Year released: 2021
Genre: Pagan Metal
Review online: October 4, 2022
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)
Corr Mhóna (Irish word for heron, literally translated to "the twisted thing of the bog") are an Irish act that works in what's typically called Pagan Metal. I can't argue with that description here, as the music on their sophomore album, Abhainn, is all about evoking the mystic atmosphere of ancient Celtic cultures, so much so that all the lyrics are written Gaelige (Irish Gaelic). Musically, this is wildly varied and original, containing everything from Doom to Black to Folk to even some moments I would call Avant-garde. That might make this sound super busy and complex, and that's because it is, certainly more than you could ever process by listening to it in the background (which you really shouldn't, since all music should be given full attention when listening to it, but I digress), and it takes several listens to get everything out of the album. Unfortunately, that does mean the compositions become difficult to follow, and for all their distorted chords, odd tempo changes, and fucked-up textures, it ends up as more of a pile of music rather than a collection of proper songs, so much so you can lose track of when one song ends and the other begins. I don't know, maybe I'm too dense to get it all, and I would still say this is worth a listen, but it may be just a little too strange for its own good.
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