Old Mornings Dawn (Napalm Records)
release date: 6/7/2013
by Scott Hefflon
Still goofy at first (or, uh, by nature and you just get used to it), the folk metal keyboards (tin whistle here, campfire storytelling accompaniment there) atop epic distorted chords and synthetic-sounding drums ebb and flow, like any good song/cinematic scene, building to epic heights, and plummeting to sparse, thoughtful moments. The distant, echoey vocal roar is the one constant (punctuated by Gandalfian spoken bits, probably not in English, but why would they be?), check out the title track here.