Caladan Brood - "Echeos of Battle" (2013)

Caladan Brood
"Echeos of Battle"

Northern Silence Prod.


Caladan Brood was formed in 2008 in Salt Lake City, and "Echeos..." is their debut album.
This album can be described in a few words - "epic", "atmosperic" and "majestic". You can also simply call the main object of musicians' inspiration  - Summoning. Inspiration, not a rip-off. Music of Americans is in my opinion calmer, and it has much more folkish and ambient elements. Also as Summoning Caladan Brood guys are fascinated by fantasy novels (in this case Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson). This specific, "fantasy" atmosphere fills every track - from the most majestic "Wild Autumn Wind" to more dramatic "A Voice Born of Stone and Dust", or nostalgic "To Walk the Ashes of Dead Empires ". It's not easy though to describe this music. Every track is very long (at least 9 minutes), and is filled with many relishes, like beautiful men's clean vocals or typically heavy-metal guitar solos. All these things easily paint dreams of vast landscapes full of mountains, lakes and castles. Maybe it's overwritten, but this album is something like Lord of the Rings' soundtrack, just in metal version.
To sum this up: this is an awesome album. For everyone who likes epicness in music I have a message: get this album immediately. It's defenitely worth your time.

Rate: 9/10

1.  City of Azure Fire
2. Echoes of Battle
3. Wild Autumn Wind
4. To Walk the Ashes of Dead Empires
5. A Voice Born of Stone and Dust
6. Book of the Fallen

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