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Review: Morrigan - Celts

Label: Independent
Year released: 2003
Duration: 66:34
Tracks: 12
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: August 2, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4.45/5 (89.09%) (11 Votes)

Third album from Morrigan, and their first real masterwork. From the more standard Black Metal of their debut Plague, Waste And Death to the slightly more epic Enter The Sea Of Flames, this is where Morrigan stepped firmly into Bathory country with an album so epic it makes your skull ache, welcome to the brooding, powerful world of Celts.

From the big, thunderous riffs to the backing choral effects everything about this screams "Bathory!" Even the clean singing sounds like Quorthon, while the rasps are sharp and cutting, lending this a harder edge than the albums it obviously draws the most on (Hammerheart, Twilight Of The Gods.) Pretty much this whole album is what would be called ??the good part', with no boring parts or filler tracks. Massive riff-beasts like "Warstained Iron", "Through the Halls of Ice", and "Cursing The Beheaded" are mixed in with crushers like "Giants of Stone" and "Staring In The Eyes Of Chuchullain." Fuck, this is just an awesome slab of Pagan Metal slayage that never fucking lets up, and the only thing that keeps it from a perfect score is the fact that every moment on this depends so very much on the trail blazed by Quorthon. Do not fucking miss this album.

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