|Review: Catuvolcus - Terres de sang|
|Terres de sang|
Year released: 2010
Genre: Black/Folk Metal
Review online: March 2, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Terres de sang
Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (8 Votes)
If you like your Black Metal not too raw and not too melodic, with a bit of Folk, Terres de sang, from Canada's Catuvolcus is for you. They call themselves "Gaul Folk/Black Metal," but other than the first track, "Exobnos," and the closer, "Tavso," both of which are symphonic instrumentals that feature sounds of battle mixed with the music, I hear very little "folk," other than some acoustic guitars in the four main songs. The instrumentals would not be out of place on a Manowar or Rhapsody album, while the "main" songs are solid, if unadventurous, Black Metal; evil, raspy vocals, buzzy guitars with the tell-tale picked playing de rigueur for the style, and drums that are fast, but only occasionally venture up to blast-beat speed. The title track features some cool, Agalloch-like, clean vocals midway through, but otherwise the songs do little to distinguish themselves from one another.
I would call this "standard" Black Metal, with a touch of folk, and by "standard" I am referring to the style, not the playing, which is above average. Catuvolcus play mean, aggressive music meant to evoke images of ancient war and, for the most part, they do it well. Terres de sang isn't going to change the world, but it's a pretty safe bet for Black Metal fans.
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