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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:57 pm    Post subject: irish bands Reply with quote

other than the obvious.. any good irish bands that combine either their musical and/or literary tradition into their metal (or any heavy or ambient music)
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd suggest that you begin with the first full-length of ALTAR OF PLAGUES
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:43 am    Post subject: Re: irish bands Reply with quote

lifeless wrote:
other than the obvious...


Kind of a redundant phrase on this board, unless you're actually going to state who the obvious are. I'm guessing Primordial.

Great topic though, hope the thread delivers...
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i don't know for what type of sound you are looking for but irish band kind of original on their demo and average on following material is Eternal Helcaraxe
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:53 am    Post subject: A. Reply with quote

If you are specifically interested in Irish sounding metal bands then check out Mael Mordha, Sodb, Corr Mhóna, Darkest Era and even Mourning Beloveth who I've always felt sound really Irish without being folky. For other weird stuff give From the Bogs of Aughiska, Oh Daith and Wereju a listen. As for other non specifically Irish sounding bands worth a listen I'll plug a few of my own bands and recommend many more- Malthusian, Wreck of the Hesperus, Ordnance, Slidhr, Rebirth of Nefast, Spermicidal, Fuil na Seanchoille, Terminus, Rabid Bitch of the North, War Iron, Wild Rocket, Yurt and Vircolac who will play their first gig at Redemption Fest. That's off the top of my head.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:57 am    Post subject: A. Reply with quote

And Zom of course. Wizards of Firetop Mountain and Raum Kingdom also spring to mind.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mael Mordha would be the next obvious one. Perfect synthesis of Doom and the lament style of Irish trad music. I'd start with the last album which is a concept piece about the Norman conquest of Ireland with mythological parallels.

Waylander and Cruachan are worth a mention, 2 of the real innovators of Folk/Pagan Metal. Cruachan get a bit ropey after a few releases though once the female clean vocals take dominance and they stray from mythological lyrics into modern politics. Early stuff is great though. Look to a more recent band called Celtachor for similar stuff. One of the guitarists has a side project called Draiocht too.

Geasa is a name no one really remembers any more but in the 90s they were one of the better bands in Ireland. Similar in vein to Primordial.

Darkest Era have some similarities to Primordial, particularly the drumming, but are more of a Heavy Metal band. Think Iron Maiden galloping riffs, Thin Lizzy folk melodies and a bit of Hammerheart-era Bathory and While Heaven Wept for good measure.

Speaking of Thin Lizzy they should really be your starting point if they weren't already. Horslips were another great Folk influenced Hard Rock band from that era too.

Fuil na Seanchoille need mentioned too. Beherit/Von worship with (mostly) lyrics in Gaelic. All 3 demos are worth tracking down, together they cover the whole bloody history of Anglo-Irish relations.

Sodb are a similar proposition- Lo-fi BM made by punks with Gaelic lyrics. See also Beithioch for similar but in more of a Burzum/Drowning The Light style. From The Bogs Of Aughiska are worth checking out too, really good Dark Ambient stuff.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

edit: double post
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not metal, but this is one hell of an Irish album:

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sodb: http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Sodb/3540351105
Their demo is really cool, for no apparent reason reminds me of Akitsa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8cTT4_z5EQ
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 5:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Going to throw this out - not Irish per se, but parts of Australia may as well be given the heritage. Although they were an Australian band, I would suggest Samain as a band that took inspiration from the Gaelic sagas in a non cheesy way (much less drunken fiddle-de-de potato tin whistle shite). Circa 1995 so before the modern wave of pagan folk bands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxaSsn0j57k

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The old Chambercraft demos were/are really good.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:56 am    Post subject: Re: irish bands Reply with quote

Speerhead wrote:
lifeless wrote:
other than the obvious...


Kind of a redundant phrase on this board, unless you're actually going to state who the obvious are. I'm guessing Primordial.

Great topic though, hope the thread delivers...


ya sorry, I did indeed mean Primordial
I think the lyrics are great.. same with Blood Revolt

that's mainly what I'm looking for; strife as narrated by legit irish people, but through metal
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:22 am    Post subject: Re: irish bands Reply with quote

lifeless wrote:
that's mainly what I'm looking for; strife as narrated by legit irish people, but through metal

That doesn't really exist. I can't think of one single Irish band past or present that ever went near that kind of narrative.
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