OLD CORPSE ROAD – On Ghastly Shores Lays The Wreckage Of Our Lore 

Rating: 5/5
Distributor/label: Trollzorn Records
Released: 15th May 2020
Buy Album [URL]: https://oldcorpseroad.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: http://oldcorpseroad.co.uk/

Band line-up:

The Bearer – Guitars and vocals
The Revenant – Guitars and vocals
The Wanderer – Bass and spoken word
The Dreamer – Percussion and ambience
The Watcher – Keyboards and vocals

Tracklisting:

1. Ghastly Shores Lays the Wreckage of Our Lore
2. Harbingers of Death (Voices in the Tempest)
3. Black Ship
4. Sea Fire
5. As Waves Devour Their Carcasses
6. Demons of the Farne
7. The Ghosts of the Ruinous Dunstanburgh Castle
8. WaterLore

Review

British Blackened Folk metal essentials Old Corpse Road have returned to free our minds from the current affairs taking over 2020. They take us back in time to teach ancient English stories and fables. Following on from two previous full-length releases, we are about to be told a story of murky creatures, tales and fantasies. Listen as they construct the legends of their ancestry into eerie adventures.

The band blends a wide range of vocals from many notable metal subgenres to spoken word pieces. The 5-piece musicians attach these musical factors so elegantly that they are able to produce an incomparable and original musical status.

The production introduces itself with melodious energy which later build ups to spirited, uplifting drumming corresponding with the atmospheric texture; as we continue streaming, a personal favourite – “Harbingers of Death (Voices in the Tempest)” – presents shrieking high vocals echoing over powerful drumming. Multiple crescendos soar from each track as they release epic folk rhythms. The song “Black Ship”, another distinguishable track, is introduced with ancient English instrumentation, which later builds up into maniacal symphonic sounds followed by a multitude of vocal ranges and harmony-rich epic folk singing. There is nothing that this band has failed to accomplish in attaching such beautifully composed elements into a single release. We are met with more intense melodic passages and endless, memorable riffs. The final track concludes the album with acoustic passages and choirs, taking us back to the sounds of a modern English morning in nature.

Now would be a necessary time to support such talented artist,s especially during the unpredictable times ahead.

Review by

Ambra Chilenwa

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