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Review: Suidakra - Book of Dowth
Book of Dowth

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 40:11
Tracks: 10
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: March 21, 2011
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
Book of Dowth

Rated 4.19/5 (83.81%) (21 Votes)

Suidakra should need no introduction around these parts, and are a band who managed to keep slipping past me until now. I'd heard select songs in passing which I've always enjoyed; I just never got around to checking out a full-length. Fortunately, their latest opus Book of Dowth would land in my lap, and by the gods is it awesome. Suidakra blend a nice mix of influence into their sound, strangely reminding me of the last Orden Ogan album.

From the get go Book of Dowth slaps you in the face, boldly pedaling their brazen brand of melodic death metal with meticulously woven folk melodies. A short yet pleasant intro sets the scene for "Dowth 2059" to steamroll over your skull. This first proper track boasts more awesome riffs than some bands could have in an album, Suidakra simply storm the place and it's hard not to smile and headbang like an idiot; great melodies, and a superb guitar lead. Fortunately the opener really is the tip of the iceberg, as there isn't one track without its own merit.

From the mid-paced majesty of "Biróg's Oath" with its female lead vocals, to the excellent almost Blind Guardian-style acoustic romp "Mag Mell" there is a lot to see over the duration. However it is from "The Dark Mound" onwards where this album is at its strongest, with each and every song being a masterwork in folk-influenced melodic death metal – I can't even count the amount of excellent riffs and stunning moments. "Balor" is the absolute highlight of the album for me though, the melodies are absolutely killer, and the chorus part of the track is fantastic.

Overall Suidakra have lynched us with one of the best albums I've heard so far this year, I've already racked up a good 20 listens of this and I'll no doubt be spinning it on into the future. This is guaranteed a place in my end of year list, no doubt about it. I'm sure fans of the band will eat this right up, however I'd recommend Book of Dowth to almost any level-headed metal fan. It doesn't get much better than this. Highly recommended.

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