Calarook are a band from Switzerland that plays a pirate theme form of folk metal and this is a review of their self released 2020 album "Surrender Or Die".
Bell sounds start off the album along with some violins a few seconds later while epic sounding synths can also be heard briefly before going into a heavier direction. Death metal growls are also a very huge part of the recording while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a great amount of blast beats.
Folk music elements are also added into the heavier sections of the songs while melodies are also added in some of the guitar riffing. All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Clean pagan vocals can also be heard in some parts of the recording along with the solos and leads also being done in a very melodic style. A couple of the tracks are also very long and epic in length along with some ship and water sounds also being added into some parts of the recording, one of the tracks also introduces acoustic guitars into the music and touches of black metal can also be heard at times and when guitar solos and leads are finally utilized they are done in a very melodic style. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover pirates and alcohol themes.
In my opinion Calarook are a very great sounding folk metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Cursed Ship's Tale" "Surrender Or Die" "Davy Jones Locker" and "The Undying Sailor". 8 out of 10.