Mael Mórdha - Gealtacht Mael Mórdha

01. Atlas Of Sorrow
02. Godless Commune Of Sodom
03. A Window of Madness
04. Curse Of The Bard
05. The Struggle Eternal
06. Gealtacht Mael Mordha
07. Minions Of Manannan

"Gaeltacht Mael Mórdha" is the second album of the Celtic Doom Metal band from Ireland, Mael Mórdha. Between Doom and pagan folk music, this album is really nice because it's not so easy to find such kind of releases nowadays. Its originality but also of course the quality of the compositions of the band will please the fans of Doom like the one who like Celtic music and legends. Yes, you should have a look on this release I think…

"Gaeltacht Mael Mórdha" is really epic. Musically speaking we could compare it to a good album of Doom Death with however an important difference. Here, you'll not be able to hear some Death vocals, Roibéard Ó Bogail sings (and talk) with a voice which is a bit similar to the one of Aaron Stainthorpe (when he doesn't sing with his death vocal voice) but which is a lot more epic too. Also, it's Celtic Doom, so you'll be able to listen to some whistle and if it's original, it also fits perfectly to Doom Metal. All in all, "Gealtacht Mael Mórdha" is a nice album of Doom Metal with seven good songs and with a lot of excellent ambiances. That's one of the strong points of the album actually, when you'll listen to the album, you'll surely have the feeling that you're traveling in time through the vast lands of Ireland.

With some good lyrics which talk about Celtic legends, with a nice production and a really good interpretation, "Gaeltacht Mael Mórdha" is a really pleasant album. This mix of Doom and Celtic music is highly enjoyable though don't believe that it's Folk Metal too. It's Doom above everything else but the cool Irish spirit that we can find in this music is really nice. "Gealtacht Mael Mórdha" is a good album, it's a good release of Doom and I'm sure that you'll pass a good moment when you'll listen to the release but it's not so easy of access too and you'll maybe need time to enjoy all the songs. They're not so easy of access and not so catchy, "Gealtacht Mael Mórdha" is not an album of easy and commercial Doom Metal.

If you like Doom or if you like Celtic music, I really think that you should have a look on the new release of Mael Mórdha. "Gaeltacht Mael Mórdha" is a good album of original Doom, and it will be a good means to listen to something different. Really believe me if it's maybe not the album of the decade, at least "Gaeltacht Mael Mórdha" will please all the ones who like this kind of music. Doom Metal, but also Folk and Pagan Metal lovers, that's for you.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 9
Production: 8

Band profile: Mael Mórdha
Album: Gealtacht Mael Mórdha


written by Jeff | 28.03.2007


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Dark Cornatus - 29.03.2007 at 09:07  
The cover is awesome, they sound quite interesting.
GT - 29.03.2007 at 11:15  
Listened to some samples from earlier albums on the website and it sounded quite interesting...and with a review like this they might be worth spending a few bucks on...and yeah the cover is awesome
Talvi - 30.03.2007 at 15:27  
They really deserve my attention. Very good band
Hyvaarin - 03.04.2007 at 15:21  
Huge fan of what I've heard so far, definitely getting this .
Dirt pride - 13.04.2007 at 14:31  
There amazing live, and there previous album is great so this one sounds good.
GT - 16.04.2007 at 15:18  
Just recieved the album today...it's really good, but different from what I normally listen to
fwhite - 17.04.2007 at 00:40  
In my trek to minnesota this January (heathen crusade 2) I had the honor of seeing this band live. They were, without a doubt, one of the tbest bands I've ever heard ... I mean, I didn't even know of them before that and found myself rushing into pit to show my gratitude. Their presence and music are epic and brutal.

Godless Commune of Sodom is my favorite song from this album.

I also recommend their first album, cluain tarbh, which is more of that gritty bloody irish history in majestic song.
Sleep In Sorrow - 07.07.2008 at 22:12  
This is quite possibly my favorite (non-sludgey) doom album from 2007. I have to disagree with Jeff, though, when he says this isn't catchy. For me, it sounds very fresh and full of energy and great melodies, and I'd say it is catchy for doom standards. One can't help but raise his fist and sing along the chorus of Godless Commune of Sodom. But I agree it's far from "commercial" doom.

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