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Released: 2017, Sounds The Land
Canadian Carnage! Because I am a true patriot, once or twice a year I like to do a quick spotlight and some short reviews on newer, independent, underground Canadian Metal bands. That time is now! Thanks to all of the bands who sent me material for my spotlight. In the spirit of the PMRC, I have chosen a ‘Filthy Fifteen’ (+1!) as some (but not all!) of the bright lights, innovators and leaders of Canadian Metal. Most of them are independent bands releasing their debut album or EP in 2017. Check these bands out, they are the future of Metal! They are (listed alphabetically)…
Emblem (St. John’s)
Heaven’s Fire (Toronto)
Ice War (Ottawa)
Monarch Woods (London)
The Lightbringer (Quebec City)
To The Mountains (Lethbridge)
Maglor is one of the more unique bands in this feature. Based in Calgary the trio waited five years before issuing their sophomore album ASDUNDER.
Maglor broadly falls into the category of folk Metal but they are certainly more in-depth than that label. They are not the happy, bouncy folk metal of a Korpiklaani for example, but would have more in common with Black Metal influenced folk such as Moonsorrow. With an obligatory black and white nature scene for the album cover this somber and epic band is very classy. It reminds me as well a bit of some Bathory and other cool bands like Falkenbach. The songs with the exception of the last cut are all pretty long, seven, eight, ten minute long songs that never bore. Longer instrumental, slightly ambient passages get complimented by some more traditional double-kick drums and screams.
There is a whole bunch of different instrumentation going on whistles, flute sounding instruments, acoustic stuff in addition to a strong Metal backbone. Male and female, harsh and clean vocals intermingle effortlessly as well la bit of under-stated spoken word narration and even a few sound effects. The production is clear and loud, not low-fi but not too bright and modern. They hit a sweet spot with the sound of the album.
It is nice to see a Western Canadian band doing this very Northern European style and doing it well. It is not extremely original but Maglor make up for it with great songs and great execution of the form. Fans of blackened folk should seek this out.
1. Fog in the Hills of Anor
4. Northern Clans
5. The Mountain Grave
Beren Tol Galen Screams, Keyboards, Drum Programming
Draendil Screams, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards,
Luthien Guitar, Keyboards,
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