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Review: Suidakra - 13 Years of Celtic Wartunes
13 Years of Celtic Wartunes

Label: Wacken Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 78:12
Tracks: 17
Genre: Folk/Viking

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: October 1, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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13 Years of Celtic Wartunes

Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

I re-discovered SuidAkra back in 2006 when I got a chance to review the excellent Caledonia album. It was with great pleasure that I worked with this compilation called 13 Years of Celtic Wartunes .

This time, we have a CD lasting over 78 minutes packed with SuidAkra's work, plus a bonus DVD. The DVD has lots of music too, including various concerts such as Waken 2007, and a great acoustic set consisting of eleven tracks. Unfortunately, the promo came without any info sheets, not even a track listing, but that's the only bad thing to say about this release. Superb compositions and musicianship, and excellent live performances are the main things to witness on these two discs. Some songs were re-recorded, while they all got a re-master job done, for our hearing pleasures. My best bet was to take this compilation chronologically, so on the first few tracks, the vocals are quite different. We have some Rush type of vocals on one track, then nice female ones on the other one. SuidAkra is well known for blending Black Metal with a bit of Death Metal into their folksy Viking environment, to produce a very attractive type of Northern music. This is being reflected by crafty songwriting in their compositions showing a variety of elements including tremolo picking, rasps, double basses, mid to fast tempos, crunchy guitars and some growls. On a more Celtic/Viking viewpoint, they often use clean vocals, acoustic guitars, ambient keyboards, bagpipes, flutes and the likes, all of which adding a very nice and organic sound. Of that track listing, I really felt for songs like: "An Dudlachd", "Highland Hills" and "Rise of Taliesin". I was glad to hear bagpipes in their live show at Waken, since it all naturally fit with their heavier Viking artillery. I must confess having a weak spot for their acoustic set though. I was very surprised to hear one of my all time favorite song: " Wish You Were Here". Of course, all the songs they played were great such as : "Rise of Taliesin", " The Ember Deid (part II) and the Medley.

The final words to say about 13 Years of Celtic Wartunes are: a must!

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