Monday, 7 December 2015

Album Review: The Clan Destined - "In The Big Ending" Reviewed by: Geoff McGraw

The Clan Destined - "In The Big Ending"
Date of Release: February 2015
Album Review Format: Streaming Audio
Record Label: Hammerheart Records
Genre: Folk Metal

Reviewed by: Geoff McGraw

Track listing:
1. Swinging Like Judas
2. I Am Because We Are
3. T.C. Lethbridge
4. A Beautiful Start To The End Of The World
5. Devil For A Day
6. More Than War

For those who are "in the know" about folk metal you will already recognize Martin Walkyier. The vocal cords behind Sabbat & Skyclad gives us another album well worth owning. HOWEVER......
I must admit I am scratching my head a bit on this release. In all truthfulness it isn't new material. Originally released as a demo in 2006 this is essentially a simple re-release of the same. Now if you missed it the 1st time around, now is the perfect time to get a copy. Just six tracks long it wastes no time in jumping right in and giving you a rollicking blast with "Swinging Like Judas", Martins' bombastic, swinging vocals are ultimately fun. The instrumentation matches his energy, and mixes the metal with a touch of funk, keys give the production a little more smoothness and bulk to the sound. No weak songs among the lot, making it a good time listening and easily encourages repeat plays.

Now the question is will the band actually continuing as an ongoing concern? Formed in 2004, they recorded this demo, and then broke up in 2005 because of internal band strife. Walkyier then released the demo with the help of Any Sneap and James Murphy. "Clan" Reformed in 2009, but this demo/re-release is still the only recording to date.

I would still recommend the purchase of the album/ep/demo, you will also find similar offerings from Walkyiers' other projects. Then you can also keep an eye out for that most rare of creatures....another "The Clan Destined"release.

6.5 horns out of 10

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