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Uaigneas : Buí

Uaigneas is Mael Mórdha’s natural heir. If you like gaelic music, this is for you.

Uaigneas is the creature born from Mael Mórdha. It came to life to resurrect the true gaelic spirit that inhabited Mael Mórdha ‘s first Ep, ’Caoineadh na nGael’ where some songs on ’Cluain Tarbh’ came from. According to the band, it’s the closest the band ever got to Gaelic Doom Metal as they had envisaged it back in 1995. Uaigneas’s purpose is thus to bring back that music.

The disc is fraught with emotion and history. The atmospheres are raw and sobre. The story begins near the sea, the first notes come from the waves and the spoondrift. The Folk instruments at stake belong mainly to the typical Gaelic culture; beside the usual Metal gear, you’ll have the pleasure to hear whistle, low whistle, bodhrán and mandolin. When a Gaelic spirit shows itself in its true, you’re generally overwhelmed by a savage melancholy that also bears some rustic sweetness. Uaigneas’s music is proud and noble as it should. The singer, who has a clean but raspy voice, can also rolls his ‘r’, what brings an archaic touch as if seized by the nobleness of the memory he carries. The music shifts between those two aspects: if the piano brings a languorous touch, the drums can turn into war-drums stressing the tribal vibe of the songs and lyrical leads leave room to angry riffing.

The flute or whistle is really the instrument which above all installs you in that mythological landscape. You are in a Gaelic land. It’s quite refreshing because you really have the feeling to deal with something honest and authentic. Those simple and wild odes are devoid of any showiness, of any vulgarity or clichés. Of course, you don’t escape to the gaelic idiosyncrasy. The style is marked out after all: so, don’t be surprised: you’ll also be granted the inevitable male choir, and the Folk Metal or Medieval music fans will be in familiar ground…minus one thing, one essential thing to my eyes: the cheerfulness. Their Folk has turned its back to the jollity and light-heartedness you often encounter in Folk Metal. But how could you complain well all is so restrained, so ‘under control’? This is key with Uaigneas. That’s not in vain that they are present in these pages, As Mael Mórdha’s heir, Uaigneas belongs to Doom; and let me remind you that: Doom is not funny.

The band has crafted a convincing Gaelic Doom album that comes from the heart and speaks to the heart, a modern-ancient Metal, dark and pulsating. Some might regret the crunch of distortion and the brutal impact of Metal; it’s not to say that the band sounds mellow though, but indeed, the Metal elements cover a smaller field than in Mael Mórdha . But still, there’s enough energy is those gaelic souls to win the vote of most Metalheads.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Buí
2. An Cailleach 'gus an Bard Bocht
3. An Raibh tú ar an gCarraig
4. Onslaught of Storms

Duration : Approx 24 minutes

Visit the Uaigneas bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-10-15 by Bertrand Marchal
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