CELTACHOR – Nine Waves from the Shore
- by Peter Loftus
- Posted on 20-01-2013
This Dublin band have been around for a little over five years and ‘Nine Waves from the Shore’ is their debut full-length. Celtachor’s brand of Celtic metal marries black and folk well. I especially liked the use of the tin whistle and bodhrán, both of which are well integrated and not just used for intros.
Sadly though, this album falls short of greatness. Although there are some excellent moments, and Celtachor are an act with great potential, on the basis of this offering it seems that their sound needs further refinement in order for their talents to shine through. The tone and feel of the album just aren’t consistent enough. In some places we have excellent riffing, in others rhythms we’d expect from Viking metal, then we have acoustic and traditional arrangements that work well enough, but it still feels as if the whole thing needs another while on the stove for all of the flavours to mature and mix together.