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WLM Reviews: Cellar Darling – This Is The Sound

July 12, 2017

When a band breaks up for whatever reason and a new project forms, it’s only natural fans flock over and see what the hubbub is all about.

For those who are wondering, Cellar Darling is a brand new band that formed after a handful of members from famous folk metal band, Eluveitie, decided to part ways with the band due to internal disagreements within the band after decisions were being made without the consultation of other members. Lead woman of Cellar DarlingAnna Murphy, commented last year after the departure that as a main member of Eluveitie, decisions for the band were being made without her being notified meanwhile other proposals she would make for the band were constantly rejected. Fast forward to the present and Anna Murphy, Ivo Henzi and Merlin Sutter, all formerly of Eluveitie bring to us a new project/band and a new sound, as the album foretells.

In no way, shape or form does the album sound like Eluveitie and I think the band intends on keeping it that way which so far has worked for them awesomely (is that even a word?). In fact, the band dubs themselves the ‘New Wave of Folk Rock’ so that tells you something right there. Yes, Anna is still at the helm of the hurdy-gurdy meanwhile Ivo remains on guitars and Merlin also sticks with the drums, keeping it a supertrio. A pretty cool and original name to say the least, the album itself has a sort of mystifying and magical essence to it while driving a breath of fresh metal air into the scene. Several of the highlight components of the album include some great melodic work, stimulating and memorable choruses, great guitar effects like electronics, some groove here and there, wind instruments and more. But wait, some of you may be thrown off by that last one. Yes, there are wind instruments but have a faint presence, nothing obvious or pipe heavy like with Eluveitie, trust me.

Going into the album, Avalanche kicks things off in a pretty catchy manner. Some of you may find it a little too catchy but if it manages to stay in your minds after it’s over, then it’s done its job. The riffs are pretty heavy with this one and a little groove makes its way. Black Moon, is definitely one to check out. This is where the mystifying component comes into play and the music video itself is strikingly reminiscent to some dark and somber times. Anna Murphy also displays some energetic and strong vocals with this one. Challenge gets a little funky and electronic at least in the chorus but still remains within the metal realm. The hurdy gurdy makes a dominative presence for those who enjoy it’s one of a kind sound. Six Days follows similar suit in a dark electronic manner.

I couldn’t help but replay over and over tracks like The Hermit and Fire Wind & Earth. The former features some of the best hurdy-gurdy work not just on the album but overall in Anna’s career and when paired with the great vocal strength create a win-win for everyone. The latter has some great uptempo energy and satsifying progression to it. The harmonic aspect is very majestic and really let’s the artistic side of everyone really shine. Under The Oak Tree, has a semi-ballad feel to it. It’s on the softer side and on a much more intimate scale so if you love variety and can be pleased with more gentle tracks, give the oak tree a visit. Redemption ends the album and has a sense of closure to it. After experiencing a memorable album like this, some rigorous riffing paired with some intricate piano pieces and soaring vocals create a trio of virtuosity and let the listener down gently back into the real world.

Many bands tend to have similar sounds to other acts but in all honesty, Cellar Darling is one of a kind. For an album having fourteen tracks to it, I was skeptical in how much the album would keep my attention but fret not, if you were like me, you’ll be thirsty for more. I believe things happen for a reason and perhaps the departure of Anna, Ivo and Merlin from Eluveitie happened for the better for each of them. I’m also wondering if they will stick to just being a trio or maybe adding another member or two in the future. Regardless, this is a strong debut for Cellar Darling and I think they will be one of the most talked about bands for the time being. You’ll be missing out on a magical experience if you don’t check out the album. I think you’re in for quite a treat with This Is The SoundStay Metal \m/

Official Website: http://www.cellardarling.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cellardarlingofficial/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cellar_darling

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