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Conchúir O’ Drona
Bryan O’ Sullivan
2. Poll An Edeain
3. Wake of Buzzards
5. The One Whitethorn Bush – told by Irish storyteller Eddie Lenihan
6. The Devil is an Irish Man
7. An Spealadoir
8. Lios Duin Bhearna
Upon first glance, I was expecting a kind of melodic black metal with fantasy themes but From The Bogs of Aughiska its much more than that. Mineral Bearing Veins is their 3rd and upcoming album being released 28th September. It is different than any Black Metal band I have ever heard before.
Hailing from Lisdoonvarna and the western coast of Ireland FTBOA mix ambient soundscapes with bleak, gloomy rumbling, atmospheric droning and then hard crashing extreme metal. Some tracks are purely instrumental like the first introductory track which is very short at 1 minute and 23 seconds. It starts off quite peaceful with harp music and then as it nears the second track turns dark and sinister, Into the 2nd track Poll An Eideain the sound takes one into a subterranean realm that is cold, foreboding and isolated. All their tracks include sounds of nature from the wind, coastal waves and echoing drops of water underground to the cries of buzzards set to rumbling atmospheric music.
3 tracks had the black metal style singing you could expect but the rest of the album was instrumental or with spoken word stories about folklore and superstitions. An Spealadoir started heavy with the rumbling ambient sound found throughout the album but was, in fact, an Irish folk song and as it went on the music softened until it was just the voice of the singer left in the end. The One Whitethorn Bush is a folklore tale about a cursed fairy tree told by Irish storyteller Eddie Lenihan. His strong Irish accent definitely made this tale fascinating and entrancing.
The only take away from all this is the fact the music drowns out many of the vocals and sometimes distracts from the spoken word tracks. It could be my own audio settings but between my phone and PC, I still felt as though I was struggling to hear the singing and speaking.
Overall Mineral Bearing Veins was quite good and I could put this on, on a rainy day and be transported to some bleak isolated wilderness of Ireland. It is an album you can enjoy if you are not looking for pure melt your face off metal from beginning to end. Its more for exploring and experiencing another time and place than head thrashing and horns in the air.