Cruadalach are a band from the Czech Republic that plays folk metal with some elements of black and death metal and a touch of hardcore punk and this is a review of their 2015 album "Rebel Against Me" which was released by MetalGate Records.
Spoken word parts start off the album along with some clean playing a few seconds later as well as some folk instruments which also leads up to a heavier musical direction and the riffs also use a decent amount of melody and also add in a touch of thrash while the vocals use black metal screams, death metal growls and clean singing.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and you can also hear a decent amount of blast beats in the faster sections of the music and the songs also mix the folk elements in with the more metal side of the bands musical style and when solos and leads are utilized they remain true to a more melodic musical direction.
A lot of the riffs bring in elements of hardcore punk and more modern mainstream metal/rock and some of the tracks also bring in a touch of goth rock in the clear vocals and some of the later tracks bring in a small amount of classical guitars and throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and one of the later tracks also brings in a small amount of operatic female vocals
Cruadalach plays a style of folk metal that also has the black and death metal influences that are common with this genre and they add in a touch of hardcore punk that makes their musical style stand out a bit more, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Paganism and Mythology themes.
In my opinion Cruadalach are a very great sounding folk metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Shiva World Dance Party" "Rebel Against Me" "Life Worshipping Bastards" and "The Astralnaut". 8 out of 10.