Aiumeen Basoa - Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik review
|Album:||Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik|
|Release date:||May 2010|
01. Kantauriko Trebain Erruak
02. Jentil Odola
03. Aintzinako Guduen Oroimenak
04. Akelarrearen Sua
05. Ekaitzaren Begitik
06. Arlekiña (Aiumeen Basoa)
Erzsebet Records / Indar Productions
Line-up on the CD:
Beleak - vocals, guitars
Mikelot - guitar, vocals
Oihane - vocals
Egoitz - bass, keyboards
Fory - drums
Ibai - accordion, piano
Imanol - violin
Aiumeen Basoa are pioneers of the Basque pagan folk metal scene of today, which really isn't saying much, as there is currently a noticeable shortage of Basque pagan folk metal bands in existence. This is likely due to the fact that the Basque language is specific to approximately 600,000 Basque Country residents.
The band has been active since 1994, yet Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik is their full-length debut. You'll notice by now that unless you're a language fetishist, there's really no hope in attempting to pronounce these names properly. Now on to the music...
Accordions, violins, sweeping melodic guitars, black metal shrieks and clean vocals (male and female) are what make up this incredibly atmospheric album. From beginning to end, all 50+ minutes of Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik will have even the most skeptical folk metal listeners rocking. While the genre is fast becoming stale, Aiumeen Basoa is keeping up with the likes of Finsterforst and Kroda, pushing boundaries with lengthy and progressive material that sheds the stereotype of being a style bent on making you feel the urge to take a trip to the local pub.
Indeed, the alternating pace and sorrowful harmonies of the overwhelming softer sections really add to the album's overall mood, one that makes seamless transitions from hate-driven black metal to relaxing traditional Celtic music - a brilliant display of incredible songwriting. This is all backed up by a masterful production that captures the essence of every instrument, adding to the significance of the album's content by carefully showing the listener just how much effort was put in to each section. Dan Swanö, responsible for mastering the album, is undoubtedly proud of himself.
Of course, as a debut album, this release is subject to one glaring flaw: originality. By no means do Aiumeen Basoa blatantly rip any single band off, but there is a bit of an issue for me when it comes to the transitions. As seamless as they are, they tend to sound too much like the background music to a Middle Age-era war movie, particularly during a scene involving frolicking in an open meadow. There are moments when this is simply too merry for its own good; it detracts from the honesty of the band's hard work and sometimes crosses into pretentious territory. That being said, Iraganeko Bide Malkartsutik is a wonderful piece of folk metal art that combines everything good about the genre without being restricted by its stereotypes, and for those who are easily scared off by such "soft" music, rest assured that this band packs quite a punch.
||Written on 15.05.2010 by Just another opinionated guy telling you what to listen to.|
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