Caladmor are a band from Switzerland that plays gothic/folk metal with black and death metal influences and this is a review of their self released 2013 album "Of Stones And Stars".
"Curse Of The Gods" begins with some heavy guitar riffs and drums before kicking into some black metal screams and melodic guitar leads setting up the mood for some male and female vocals which mix in with the screams and growls along with the song adding in some folk melodies with the metal riffing and the song keeps around the leads and towards the end you can hear a brief use of clean guitar playing.
"The Raid" begins with some heavy metal guitar riffs and drums setting up the mood for some death metal growls and melodic guitar leads while keeping around the rhythms and adding in female melodic vocals which mix in with the growls and as the song moves on the guitars get cleaner and mix in some violins as well as some powerful bass lines, which leads to the music getting heavy again and adding in spoken word parts briefly before adding in a black metal scream which leads to the return of the growls and female vocals.
"Of Stones And Stars" begins with some folk music style acoustic guitars which utilize both finger picking and full chords before kicking into heavy riffs, drums, melodic leads and screams which lead to the male and female vocals coming out while also keeping the screams around and as the song moves on you can hear some more melodic solos at times, after a few minutes the music goes back to its folk roots briefly before returning to the heavier elements.
"Dawn Of The Deciever" begins with some some heavy rhythm guitars, melodic leads and drums which lead to some folk instruments getting added in setting up the mood for some melodic male and female vocals along with the death metal growls coming in briefly after that and as the song moves on the growls start adding in some more blackened elements as well as the bass playing getting more stronger which also leads to some melodic solos before going into acoustic guitars and whispers but keeping around the melodic vocals before returning to its heavier roots.
"Alvissmal" begins with some heavy guitar riffs and drums which in return leads to some powerful bass playing and pagan/black metal screams which also mix in death metal elements before going into a jews harp, violins, male and female vocals and the song stays in the same direction for a few minutes before going into a more folk music direction with the acoustic guitars briefly before returning to its heavier roots and mixing in viking chants and synths.
"Laudine's Lament" begins with some soft acoustic guitars which utilize both finger picking and full chords before bringing in the heavy guitar riffs and drums setting up the mood for some violins and female vocals along with some powerful bass playing and as the song moves on the guitars starting getting more melodic sounding along with some leads which leads to some male vocals mixing with the female singing.
"Mimirs Born" begins with some heavy guitar riffs, melodic leads, drums and powerful bass playing which leads to some grim screams and as the song moves on the male and female vocals start kicking in and as the song moves on it gets more diverse along with some more melodic guitar solos.
"A Nymph's Lure" begins with nature sounds before heading into a melodic guitar lead which leads to some heavy guitar rhythms and drums setting up the mood for some female vocals as well as the riffing getting more melodic and as the song moves on black/death metal vocals make their presence known along with some background synths while also keeping around the melodic vocals and towards the end their is a brief use of melodic guitar solos before closing with nature sounds.
"Heralds Of Doom" begins with animal sounds before going into a heavy viking metal guitar riff along with some drums before going soft for a second and adding in male vocals which leads to t he music getting heavy again and bringing in the female parts which also lead to some death metal vocals making t heir presence known and as the song moves in it goes more into folk instruments and bring in a brief use of spoken word parts.
"Taberna Trollis" begins with nature and walking sounds before going into some folk instruments which leads to heavy guitar riffs, drums, aggressive and melodic vocals which lead to a brief use of pagan chants as well as some melodic guitar leads and as the song moves on you can hear some powerful bass playing.
"Helios Sky" begins with some melodic guitar leads and drums which lead to some female vocals while also keeping the leads around and mixing in some rhythm guitars along with the leads which also leads to some male and female vocals joining forces together.
Song lyrics cover Paganism, Mythology and Fantasy themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound for being a self released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the album.
In my opinion Caladmor are a very great sounding gothic/folk metal band with elements of black and death metal and if you are a f an of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Curse Of The Gods" "Dawn Of The Deciever" "Mimirs Born" and "Heralds Of Doom". RECOMMENDED BUY.