Review: Wreodan Healh – Laecig

Posted: October 25, 2014 in Band of the Day, Demo Review
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Medieval black metallers Wreodan Healh were mentioned on my previous ‘The Roundup‘ post, and I got a free download of their three track release, ‘Laecig’ from their bandcamp. The band are from Cornwall, and play black metal with a look to the past. The intro track, ‘Shadowreathed’, is a haunting synth piece that hypnotises and soothes you into a false pretense. When ‘Kingdom of Ancient Sorrow’ kicks in, we’re thrown into mid paced black metal with a raw vocal rasp and a rumbling menace. It is reasonably melodic, with a memorable riff pattern and it doesn’t fall into the trap of ‘raw black metal = hail of blastbeats’. This is raw with feeling rather than sound. It is also not afraid to inject the song with a glorious solo, that finishes the song on a high note.

The last track, ‘Towers Over Desolate Realms’ opens a bit more subdued before the black metal arrives. It is more blast heavy, but they’re layered deep under the murk so they’re aren’t overpowering. Wreodan Healh have a primitive ambience to their music; an atmosphere that brings to mind the past without sounding too folky or pagan. Their music just FEELS old, like ancient trees or weathered mountains. Definitely recommended!

*Editor’s note: The band contacted me and asked me to correct the fact that only their drummer is from Cornwall, and the others are in fact from Rednal, Birmingham, which is where the name comes from. Apologies guys!

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