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German metal veterans Suidakra’s tenth album BOOK OF DOWTH demonstrates this experienced troupe’s unwavering ability to drum up reliably rousing blackened folk metal (“Fury Fomoraigh”). Merging Celtic elements and traditional instrumentation with a menagerie of heavy influences, this trio mixes up mood and atmosphere well, effortlessly shifting from somber introspection (“Birog’s Oath”) to classically influenced folk (“Stone of Seven Suns”) to hostile melodic death metal (“Dowth 2059”) with conviction, cleverly alternating styles to create a listening experience ripe with hard to overlook cinematic overtones. If you are partial to the dramatic side of the metal spectrum, Suidakra’s latest 10-track release provides an abundance of exhilarating metal laden with intensity.
- Mike SOS