CRUACHAN — Blood on the Black Robe (review)

CRUACHAN — Blood on the Black Robe album cover Album · 2011 · Folk Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
Warthur
Blood On the Black Robe finds Cruachan making an effort to claw things back to basics, dredging up plenty of black metal influences which somewhat mask the folk influences that are half of the band's sound. The folk-metal approach is still present, however - even in the most furious depths of the album John Ryan Will's violin is never far away. At the same time, the band still has the problem that they are marrying mildly predictable metal to mildly predictable folk to produce something which feels as if it is less than the sum of its parts. Perhaps worth dipping into if you loved their debut album but felt they softened too much on subsequent releases.
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