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Release date: 15 February 2013
Style: Atmospheric black metal, Folk metal

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01. City Of Azure Fire
02. Echoes Of Battle
03. Wild Autumn Wind
04. To Walk The Ashes Of Dead Empires
05. A Voice Born Of Stone And Dust
06. Book Of The Fallen

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The album can be streamed in its entirety on the band's Bandcamp page.

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Erik M. - 02.02.2013 at 14:11  
Rating: 9 Hmm, good to see this band got added due to my suggestion. Having heard the first two tracks, I'm certain it's going to be a great album.
Pazdzioch - 16.02.2013 at 04:01  
  Quite good Summoning worship here.
Ellrohir - 16.02.2013 at 11:53  
  Is that out yet? omg! omg!

edit: certainly inspired by Summoning, but not only - i hear pure folk metal refrains, third song is pretty much like Nargaroth's "A Whisper Underneath The Bark Of Old Trees" (from last album)...this is far beyond being just a Summoning tribute...great!
Draugen - 17.02.2013 at 22:05  
Rating: 8 One could easily accuse Caladan Brood for being a total rip off but personally I choose to see it as more like a homage to Summoning and their characteristic sound. There is no denying that both the musicianship and production are top notch and I also appreciate the fact that there are at least some signs of originality presented in the form of a few folky moments as well as the prevalent use of clean vocals.

Having said that though, I still hope that the band have the courage and ability to increase the originality factor if they ever do release another album.
Erik M. - 18.02.2013 at 21:10  
Rating: 9
Written by Draugen on 17.02.2013 at 22:05

One could easily accuse Caladan Brood for being a total rip off but personally I choose to see it as more like a homage to Summoning and their characteristic sound. There is no denying that both the musicianship and production are top notch and I also appreciate the fact that there are at least some signs of originality presented in the form of a few folky moments as well as the prevalent use of clean vocals.

Having said that though, I still hope that the band have the courage and ability to increase the originality factor if they ever do release another album.


They do sound like Summoning, but they're definitely different enough in my opinion. Summoning doesn't use clean vocals and has less folk elements for instance like you already said.

And even if it was a rip-off, this album is still amazing and sounds original to me. And what do you mean "if they ever do release another album"? I'm pretty confident they will... they have great potential.
Ellrohir - 19.02.2013 at 13:02  
 
Written by Erik M. on 18.02.2013 at 21:10

Summoning doesn't use clean vocals


they actually do - either through the sfx samples (i presume?) like in "Arcenstone" or take the last part of "Land Of The Dead"...also with the featuring of Tanja Borsky in "Where Hope and Daylight Die" introduced some clean vocals to their music

but i agree - its not that typical for their stuff
Draugen - 19.02.2013 at 16:09  
Rating: 8
Written by Erik M. on 18.02.2013 at 21:10

They do sound like Summoning, but they're definitely different enough in my opinion. Summoning doesn't use clean vocals and has less folk elements for instance like you already said.

And even if it was a rip-off, this album is still amazing and sounds original to me. And what do you mean "if they ever do release another album"? I'm pretty confident they will... they have great potential.


To consider Cladan Brood's sound original is somewhat silly if you ask me, in spite of the minor details mentioned. Is that necessarily a bad thing though? Absolutely not. It all comes down to what you are expecting from the album and if it is "different enough" if that is what you are looking for in the first place. Personally, I expected a slightly different take on Summoning's sound which was exactly what I got. However, I still feel that it would be nice if they did try and stray even further away from that though since I am convinced that they do have the potential to be so much more than yet another Summoning clone which they after all are in my opinion. Once again though, that ain't necessarily a bad thing which I think my initial comment made pretty clear.

As for your question regarding that last comment, I simply put it like that because we can't be a 100% sure until it is announced that that will in fact be the case.
Erik M. - 19.02.2013 at 22:45  
Rating: 9
Written by Ellrohir on 19.02.2013 at 13:02

they actually do - either through the sfx samples (i presume?) like in "Arcenstone" or take the last part of "Land Of The Dead"...also with the featuring of Tanja Borsky in "Where Hope and Daylight Die" introduced some clean vocals to their music

but i agree - its not that typical for their stuff


Yeah, but Caladan Brood uses clean vocals a lot more though, which is something that definitely appeals to me. I only heard Oath Bound once, but I was incredibly impressed and I feel like it could even top Stronghold.

Written by Draugen on 19.02.2013 at 16:09

To consider Cladan Brood's sound original is somewhat silly if you ask me, in spite of the minor details mentioned. Is that necessarily a bad thing though? Absolutely not. It all comes down to what you are expecting from the album and if it is "different enough" if that is what you are looking for in the first place. Personally, I expected a slightly different take on Summoning's sound which was exactly what I got. However, I still feel that it would be nice if they did try and stray even further away from that though since I am convinced that they do have the potential to be so much more than yet another Summoning clone which they after all are in my opinion. Once again though, that ain't necessarily a bad thing which I think my initial comment made pretty clear.

As for your question regarding that last comment, I simply put it like that because we can't be a 100% sure until it is announced that that will in fact be the case.


Fair enough. To be honest I feel out of every Summoning album that I've heard (everything except Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame) they all have something unique, though still sound 100% like Summoning (except for Lugburz of course). And yeah, without Summoning there wouldn't be Caladan Brood... they're indeed inspired greatly by them. Maybe they will be more original with their next album, who knows. Not really important for now, as I'm just enjoying this album a lot at the moment.
Ellrohir - 20.02.2013 at 01:29  
 
Written by Erik M. on 19.02.2013 at 22:45

I only heard Oath Bound once, but I was incredibly impressed and I feel like it could even top Stronghold.


indeed it can at least it can seriously compete...every album by them has super-solid songs, but "Northward" and especially "Land Of The Dead" stand above all for me
LeKiwi - 01.03.2013 at 18:41  
  Imperative for me to check out this band as it based on the most well-written and innovative fantasy series I have every had the pleasure of reading: The Malazan Book of the Fallen.
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.03.2013 at 14:23  
Rating: 6 A pleasant romp, but a little saccharine-drenched, as well as being about as original as Harlem Shake videos.
Erik M. - 06.03.2013 at 22:23  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.03.2013 at 14:23

A pleasant romp, but a little saccharine-drenched, as well as being about as original as Harlem Shake videos.


Whoa, that's really disrespectful against Caladan Brood.
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.03.2013 at 22:43  
Rating: 6
Written by Erik M. on 06.03.2013 at 22:23

Whoa, that's really disrespectful against Caladan Brood.

One could argue that this entire album is disrespectful toward Summoning as it doesn't have a big disclaimer at the bottom saying how Caladan Brood basically ripped off Summoning's entire style and sound Hell, even the artwork is pure Summoning emulation.
Erik M. - 06.03.2013 at 23:02  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.03.2013 at 22:43

One could argue that this entire album is disrespectful toward Summoning as it doesn't have a big disclaimer at the bottom saying how Caladan Brood basically ripped off Summoning's entire style and sound Hell, even the artwork is pure Summoning emulation.


I guess that's somewhat true... but a little exaggerated if you ask me. Still, it doesn't make the album much worse, just less original. However, I only think this album resembles "modern" Summoning a lot (Land of the Dead comes to mind). Having heard Oath Bound, it's most similar to that album, but far less similar to Stronghold, Dol Guldur or Minas Morgul (and especially Lugburz, but that goes without saying).
Mr. Doctor - 06.03.2013 at 23:05  
  Some production differences and some different vocals here and there but otherwise... Yeah, this is clearly Summoning worship. It's not bad though.
Ellrohir - 07.03.2013 at 00:03  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 06.03.2013 at 23:05

Yeah, this is clearly Summoning worship.


thats why it is awesome

and i really hear a lot of other influences and other stuff in it...definitely much more original than Emyn Muil for instance...
Druss - 07.03.2013 at 20:57  
Rating: 9 Found it very satisfying, was waiting for someone to immortalise the Malazan Books of the Fallen in metal, and I think they stepped up to the task admirably. I'm no expert on Summoning (on my first listen of ''Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame'' currently, never listened to 'em before), but I agree with those who've pointed out the folksy touches as something that keeps it from being a strict worship album.

On a side note, I recommend the books for anyone that's into fantasy with a bit of balls
MétalNoir - 15.03.2013 at 19:54  
  There's an issue on YouTube as to wether or not this sounds like Summoning... Well, to those who pretend Caladan Brood is very different from Summoning : are you familiar with the psychological term "denial"?
Mattybu - 16.03.2013 at 02:21  
 
Written by MétalNoir on 15.03.2013 at 19:54

There's an issue on YouTube


I don't think anyone should take youtube very seriously ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Until the End - 16.03.2013 at 13:25  
  It sounds like Summoning. Not a bad thing if you like Summoning, which I do.
Grimskallen - 01.04.2013 at 15:12  
  Obviously summoning inspired, but it does have it's own touched to it. Fans of Summoning seems to be liking this, so I guess all is good and well.
There's some very welcome clean vocals on this album.
Masonics - 13.04.2013 at 12:16  
Rating: 9 Fantastic debut with obvious summoning influences, but they have a bit more mid paced sections which are great.
" A voice born of stone and dust" is a great epic chorus, really feels like your charging to battle at mt doom or something .
sashike - 25.04.2013 at 19:03  
Rating: 9 Wow, didn't expect Summoning's new album to be released that early this year.
And calling this a Summoning rip-off might sound harsh, but isn't that far-fetched either.
But i think they got it right in what they wanted to do. They're delivering... and giving me the same great feeling Summoning's music has, with this wonderful mixture of epic metal grandeur, more mellow and atmospharic parts and of course sheer and intense emotions.
And I'm not only hearing Summoning in this, but also some Falkenbach (in the clean vocal sections), Moonsorrow and folklore-influences from diverse nordic or celtic inspired bands.
But even if it isn't the most original work out here, i couldn't care less. It's just my cup of tea. Hot, aromatic and delicious one.
It's just like the band-members looked at my music playlist and talked to each other, "how about making an album putting together these types of music genres this guy loves most?".
They wanted to make me happy and achieved that.

I think I like To Walk The Ashes Of Dead Empires the most.
It's so pure sounding in a great way, but on the other hand totally soul-stiring. Simply fantastic.
Favorite release of 2013 thus far until Old Mornings Dawn comes out...
garmling - 06.05.2013 at 16:10  
Rating: 9 The best Summoning clone out there with few twists of its own! Very, very nice!
Dark†SymphonY - 25.05.2013 at 20:21  
Rating: 8 Great album, epic, atmospheric, Summoning inspired. Can't wait to hear more from this band.
PocketMetal - 29.05.2013 at 11:48  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.03.2013 at 22:43

One could argue that this entire album is disrespectful toward Summoning as it doesn't have a big disclaimer at the bottom saying how Caladan Brood basically ripped off Summoning's entire style and sound Hell, even the artwork is pure Summoning emulation.


Their Facebook cover photo has that covered ... it says " In the vein of Summoning ..." , they even shared the Summoning's trailer for Old Mornings Dawn , they're not claiming to be original .

http://www.facebook.com/caladanbroodofficial
!J.O.O.E.! - 29.05.2013 at 14:03  
Rating: 6
Written by PocketMetal on 29.05.2013 at 11:48

Their Facebook cover photo has that covered ... it says " In the vein of Summoning ..." , they even shared the Summoning's trailer for Old Mornings Dawn , they're not claiming to be original .

http://www.facebook.com/caladanbroodofficial

Fair play to them then
Boxcar Willy - 02.06.2013 at 04:07  
Rating: 5 Boring, and hella overrated.
Masonics - 02.06.2013 at 12:44  
Rating: 9
Written by Boxcar Willy on 02.06.2013 at 04:07

Boring, and hella overrated.



How so? because its a summoning copycat?

I found them to add little subtlety's that kept me attention span at least.
Erik M. - 05.06.2013 at 01:56  
Rating: 9
Written by Masonics on 02.06.2013 at 12:44

Written by Boxcar Willy on 02.06.2013 at 04:07

Boring, and hella overrated.



How so? because its a summoning copycat?

I found them to add little subtlety's that kept me attention span at least.


He just likes disliking something most people do actually like.

If you like Summoning, you'll like this and vice versa. Well, again this would apply to most people. Personally I think it's an excellent album and on par with most albums of Summoning (about as good as Oath Bound and Dol Guldur).
SilentScream - 01.10.2013 at 02:03  
 
Written by Ellrohir on 16.02.2013 at 11:53

Is that out yet? omg! omg!

edit: certainly inspired by Summoning, but not only - i hear pure folk metal refrains, third song is pretty much like Nargaroth's "A Whisper Underneath The Bark Of Old Trees" (from last album)...this is far beyond being just a Summoning tribute...great!

Not to mention some guitar solos.

So heavy Summoning worship, but there is also innovation in Caladan Brood. I REALLY like this release.
Rodney - 20.10.2013 at 16:07  
Rating: 9 Good stuff, I dig it.
Korah - 23.10.2013 at 02:24  
  I'm a beginner in that style and I started few months ago with Summoning (Stronghold and the last one). At first I had some difficulties because of the so particular approach and today (with perseverance) I love it. I guess Caladan Brood should be different at some points but it's impossible for me to see them now. I will tell in 40 more listening...!
3rdWorld - 08.11.2013 at 06:57  
  Very bad production. Totally hated this in the first spin. As awful as it could get.
3rdWorld - 08.11.2013 at 07:03  
 
Written by Boxcar Willy on 02.06.2013 at 04:07

Boring, and hella overrated.

+1
Dima - 13.11.2013 at 14:51  
Rating: 9 Love it
Masonics - 14.11.2013 at 10:56  
Rating: 9 LOL @ bad production posts, listen to it the second time it doesnt sound as nearly as bad as other A BM bands.
PocketMetal - 14.11.2013 at 20:29  
Rating: 9 If you are a "Malazan Book of the Fallen" fan you'll probably enjoy it more , because those books are among the best fantasy ever written and it's nice to finally hear some music about it.
katacrack - 25.11.2013 at 09:26  
Rating: 9 Amazing artist
Fearmeister - 06.12.2013 at 21:01  
Rating: 8 Great start for a band. Yea it's Summoning worship but in their defense, Summoning has a lot less worshipers than bands like Darkthrone, Bathory or Burzum so its not a bad thing.

As for the music, its great. The compositions are phenomenal, the production is much better than what you would expect for a new band. The songs are always changing so you never get bored. The lyrical content is amazing (read the books, the album gets 75x better) and those baritone choirs are sexy sexy sexy!

The only problem I have with this album is that the drums, bass and guitars are kinda meh. When you strip everything away, then its just vanilla BM with nothing standing out. Summoning at least can make some sick and catchy riffs. But in the end, that doesn't detract from the experience too much.

Super excited for what this band will make in the future.
Skl3ros - 08.12.2013 at 17:54  
Rating: 10 Lol @ people saying that this is a ripoff. get a brain seriously. if one would say that about every band that doesn't have it's own completely original sound then probably 80% if not more of every existing music could be considered a ripoff. its not the general sound that matters but the music itself and it's absolutely great here. btw there are more influences them summoning only but yeah some people just like to complain as soon as they see a possibility I guess.
Vombatus - 08.12.2013 at 19:35  
  Been listening to this lately and really like it. Among all the "epic black metal"-kinda bands, this is the best one after Summoning, but also the one closest sound-wise to the Austrians. Like, even the band say they are "heavily inspired by Summoning" (which is a nice way of saying "we copy Summoning" )

Interesting thet follow exactly Summoning formula: same vocal style (raspy nasal shriek), same drum programming and tone, same kind of song progression, and the synths... the synths, well, listening the song Echoes Of Battle needs no more explanation.
Granted the have some additional elements like the clean vocals or more elaborate guitar parts, otherwise it would have been flagrant.

Does it mean it's bad ? Not in my opinion. But obviously, as a Summoning fanboy I'm inclined to like this.
Lit. - 08.12.2013 at 19:41  
  Why worship something that was never that good to begin with?
Boxcar Willy - 09.12.2013 at 03:27  
Rating: 5
Written by Skl3ros on 08.12.2013 at 17:54

Lol @ people saying that this is a ripoff. get a brain seriously. if one would say that about every band that doesn't have it's own completely original sound then probably 80% if not more of every existing music could be considered a ripoff. its not the general sound that matters but the music itself and it's absolutely great here. btw there are more influences them summoning only but yeah some people just like to complain as soon as they see a possibility I guess.

If you don't understand how this is a complete Summoning worship album then you're deaf. I'd also like you to elaborate how the "general sound" and the "music" are different from each other, because I don't believe that they are. I'm not claiming that all music is original, but this sure as fuck isn't.
psykometal - 09.12.2013 at 06:00  
  @Skl3ros and Tanner

CB themselves admit they are highly influenced by Summoning. Their Facebook cover even used to say "Epic Black metal highly influenced by Summoning."
Skl3ros - 09.12.2013 at 16:24  
Rating: 10
Written by Boxcar Willy on 09.12.2013 at 03:27

Written by Skl3ros on 08.12.2013 at 17:54

Lol @ people saying that this is a ripoff. get a brain seriously. if one would say that about every band that doesn't have it's own completely original sound then probably 80% if not more of every existing music could be considered a ripoff. its not the general sound that matters but the music itself and it's absolutely great here. btw there are more influences them summoning only but yeah some people just like to complain as soon as they see a possibility I guess.

If you don't understand how this is a complete Summoning worship album then you're deaf. I'd also like you to elaborate how the "general sound" and the "music" are different from each other, because I don't believe that they are. I'm not claiming that all music is original, but this sure as fuck isn't.

general sound: simply how it sounds. the soundquality, which instruments/vocals are used, how it SOUNDS simply. with music itself I mean HOW the instruments are used, how the melodies are.
kinda hard to explain but there is a big difference to me. you can have two bands that sound very similar and yet the quality of the music can be completely different.

yes it's a summoning worship. yes. so are thousands of other albums (not of summoning only but generally). the only reason why it's more evident here is that summoning have actually been one of these very few bands with a special sound that hasn't been copied yet. and now that is has been done it's suddenly a complete ripoff. as I already said in that case almost everything you know can be considered a ripoff since there will almost always be a band that has the same sound then your favourite band but had it before them.

btw it should be completely irrelevant if it's a ripoff or not, one can state it, yes, but to say that the album is bad or not enjoyable only therefor is stupid imo.
"oh I love this cake."
"nah, it uses a similar recipe then one that has already existed before."
"oh well then it's bad."
yeeeaaaaaahh........
Vombatus - 09.12.2013 at 17:02  
 
Written by Skl3ros on 09.12.2013 at 16:24

general sound: simply how it sounds. the soundquality, which instruments/vocals are used, how it SOUNDS simply. with music itself I mean HOW the instruments are used, how the melodies are.
kinda hard to explain but there is a big difference to me. you can have two bands that sound very similar and yet the quality of the music can be completely different.

yes it's a summoning worship. yes. so are thousands of other albums. the only reason why it's more evident here is that summoning have actually been one of these very few bands with a special sound that hasn't been copied yet. and now that is has been done it's suddenly a complete ripoff. as I already said in that case almost everything you know can be considered a ripoff since there will almost always be a band that has the same sound then your favourite band but had it before them.

btw it should be completely irrelevant if it's a ripoff or not, one can state it, yes, but to say that the album is bad or not enjoyable only therefor is stupid imo.
"oh I love this cake."
"nah, it uses a similar recipe then one that has already existed before."
"oh well then it's bad."
yeeeaaaaaahh........


Well, Willy dislikes Summoning to start with, so it's normal he finds this boring. He didn't mention the album being bad simply coz it's a ripoff though....
And honestly, if you just listen the SOUND as you call it, it's fairly obvious to see a Summoning copy. As i said above, the drums, guitars, keyboards and vocals have exactly the same tone. Even they way they are employed in the song writing is similar. Some of the songs could even fit on Stronghold or something...

And unlike other epic black metal bands, CB has been stigmatized as Summoning copy since the beginning. There must be a reason, as others like L Ordre Du Temple or Elffor didn't follow the same trend.It's still some very fine music for fans of the genre so I don't get the reason of your butthurtness....
BloodJuNkie - 21.12.2013 at 02:14  
Rating: 10 I fucking love that album!
Rodney - 28.12.2013 at 11:47  
Rating: 9 99% sure clean vocals are provided by Jake Rogers of Gallowbraid. Caladan Brood's Facebook says they're based out of Salt Lake City, Utah which just happens to be where Gallowbraid is based out of, given that and the similarity in sound we can pretty much confirm Jake Rogers is one member of the duo. Still curious if the other member is from any well known projects/bands.
Himedal - 30.12.2013 at 21:50  
Rating: 8 Very good but not better than Summoning.

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