CALADMOR - ...OF STONES AND STARS (Independent)
Another great band from Suisse, this time named Caladmor and their second album is released at the end of August, 2013. It took a while to reach our desk, but it was worth the wait as the Gothic Metal of Caladmor is really innovative, refreshing and inviting to discover.
They started as Pale, which was found in 2001, but in 2009, they decided that Caladmor fitted better to the musical ideas of the band. Pale, as name was no longer used, but the members decided that the new name need to have a few similarities to the original name. Caladmor was chosen and the meaning of Caladmor is ‘Dark Light’. The music is a real rollercoaster and linguistically, we can say that they didn’t chose the easiest path. Lyrics in English, German, Middle High German and Old Norse are used to give the music the pleasant change. This Caladmorian Epic Folk Metal got a little support during the recording sessions as well, as Chrigel (Eluveitie) and Päde Kistler (Eluveitie) joined the band for a few tracks while Joel Gilardini of The Land Of The Snow, Lunatic Fringe and Mulo Muto added a few solos in songs like ‘Dawn Of The Deceiver’, ‘Mimirs Born’ and ‘Laudine’s Lament’. The mixing of the whole album was done by George Necola at George Necola Studio, and he did a really great job, as there are so many things happening that a good mix is a necessary thing.
The whole album takes more than 50 minutes and during these 11 tracks, you will encounter songs that originated from the 11th, 13th and 19th. Century poems. Martin Baumann (drums, vocals and synths) and Barbara Brawand (vocals) wrote all lyrics while the music is mainly written by all members of the band. Caladmor succeeded in bringing original Folk Metal ideas with a little Eluveitie, Valkyre, Atrocity and Betray My Secrets influences. The strongest point about this release is the variety. You know when a song starts, but you don’t have any idea where it will bring you at the end. It’s not music with the known head and tail structure, as at any moment, the musical direction is switching into something totally diverse. It’s a real challenge to discover this album and after a few spins, you will appreciate the value of it. Caladmor managed to convince me, so I’m looking forward to hear more from this promising Suisse act! http://www.caladmor.ch/ / https://www.facebook.com/Caladmor
My rating: 81 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish