SuidAkrA – Echoes Of Yore
Release Date: 15/11/2019
Running Time: 50:41
Review by Victor Augusto
We are almost at the end of 2019, with a new decade upcoming in less than a month, and I keep thinking to myself about the new styles/genres that will quickly appear and disappear like has happened in previous decades. I also wonder why Heavy Metal listeners are still so worried about the farewell tours of the mainstream bands, considering that we have plenty of new killer bands around the world. One other thing that I reflect on is how bands that were considered young a few years ago are now reaching, what can be considered, long careers and it is astonishing how they keep themselves alive and active. Within all of those questions the name SuidAkrA appears as a good example of what we will have in the near future.
The German Celtic Heavy Metal band SuidAkrA is celebrating 25 years of non-stop releases and tours. Instead of offering an easy and boring compilation album, why not record the classic and most famous songs again? With this in mind, they decided to ask their fans to choose 10 songs to re-record with a modern production but without losing the original spirit. But, they also had an extra gift for their fans and recruited former member Marcel Schoenen to record his original parts, increasing the original spirit of the record even more.
No matter from which album each song was originally released, the way that the band have worked this and the order they have put the songs in make the listener feel like they are listening to a new album. All the tracks connect to each other! If you like Celtic music then it is, obviously, the main influence here, but you can also hear Melodic Death Metal, similar to Dark Tranquility and even a touch of Black Metal but it is very well diluted in arrangements like ‘Hall Of Tales’. The beautiful and classic ‘Rise Of Taliesin’ (at least classic for me) comes at a perfect moment to calm down the listening.
I could spend hours describing each song, but they are all highlighted as favourites by the band’s fans and they received great attention during the re-recording process. I believe the band made the right decision to make “Echoes Of Yore”. If you have been a fan of SuidAkrA since the early days then you will enjoy this record. However, if you don’t know this classic German band, it is the perfect opportunity to discover the best of them and hear the great mix of heavy styles that the band incorporates over their Celtic music. After all, it’s not every day that a heavy metal group hits their 25th Anniversary
02. The Quest
05. Rise of Taliesin
06. Hall of Tales
07. Pendragon’s Fall
09. Warpipes Call Me
10. Lays from Afar
Arkadius Antonik – Vocals, Guitars, Orchestral Arrangements
Sebastian Jensen – Clean Vocals, Guitars
Tim Siebrecht – Backing Vocals, Bass
Ken Jentzen – Drums
Shir-Ran Yinon – Violin
Catalina Popa-Mörck – Flute
Bernhard Mahlmeister – French Horn
Robse (Equilibrium) – guest vocals on ‘Havoc’
Sascha Aßbach – Backing Vocals
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