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Review: Suidakra - Crogacht

Label: SPV
Year released: 2009
Duration: 41:16
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: February 23, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (22 Votes)

When I found out that Marcel (guitars and clean vocals) was no longer in Suidakra, I started losing interest in the band. The video I saw of their upcoming album left me pretty cold. Now after listening to Crogach, I have mixed feelings about this release.

The mysterious departure of this great guitar player left a somewhat painful wound in the harmonies department. Arkadius is not a bad musician as such, but has more of a rugged and Death Metal sort of musical mind, whereas Marcel had a nicely folksy edge. As I said, the video I saw was not really convincing, and did not give me that urge to find out more about the album. After the excellent Caledonia and the great documentary 13 Years of Celtic Wartunes, Crogacht is like a subpar type of album. Arkadius’ vocals are way too much on the screaming side for my own taste, and the heavier parts are too noisy, all of this having for result that the album sounds rougher. Fortunately, all is not lost, since the folksy parts and compositions are there to save the situation. "Feats of War" contains symphonic keys, mandolin, acoustic guitar, but Arkadius had the bad idea to throw in some inappropriately heavy power chords. A better example of Suidakra’s folksy side would be the song called "Ar Nasc Fola"; a nice instrumental with plenty of acoustic guitar and flute. "Slan" introduces the album in great epic way. "Isle of Skye" and "Baile’s Strand" are the two heavier compositions that are interesting, still including some acoustic parts as well. Some guest musicians were called in to add harmonies in the vocals and choirs, plus the bagpipes and tin whistle which are always a nice melodic addition.

Crogacht is far from being Suidakra’s best effort and I just hope Marcel will return.

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