Origin: United Kingdom
Genre: Epic Metal Folk Metal
Label: Death to Music Productions Napalm Records
If you think that the name is the only unusual thing about this band, you couldn’t be more wrong. Behind the knick Jaldaboath is James Fogarty. If this name reminds you anything, he was one of the founding members of The Meads of Asphodel, as well as the man behind Ewigkeit. After leaving from The Meads of Asphodel and ending Ewigkeit, he found two other comrades and in 2007 they formed a band with his name “Jaldaboath”. In the same year he founded the label Death to Music Productions. In 2008 the band released its debut EP “Hark the Herald” that is now sold out. Their Hammering Heraldic Metal (as they call their music) dragged the interest of Napalm Records, but at the last minute the deal was broken due to musical “differences”… So their debut full-length “The Rise of the Heraldic Beasts” is released again by D.T.M. and once again on St. George’s day (23rd of April), like the EP. Finally though the album was re-released by Napalm Records…
Jaldaboath have a very unique sound. Their music is dominated by the use of a Casio keyboard and can be better described as medieval metal. Grand Master Jaldaboath insisted on using this somehow outdated instrument and the result completely vindicates him. The countless medieval melodies and sounds of the keyboards are the band’s trademark for sure, since the guitars and bass have a more rhythmic role. There is a very “jollisome” mood in their songs and they remind me a “metal” version of the music of old classic adventure computer games like Hero’s Quest and King’s Quest! Their lyrics and thematology deal with Templars, Knights, medieval songs and a great dose of humor. I can’t find many similarities with other bands, except maybe with some medieval parts of early Meads of Asphodel, or the moody atmosphere of Alestorm. The vocals range from epic metal, to classic heavy metal and black metal screams. The songs have a very uplifting mood and I find the album very very enjoyable. All compositions are totally separated and recognizable, having very catchy refrains! Their production and sound isn’t one of the most powerful you can find these days, but this totally works for them. The non-polished guitars make the keyboards fitting perfectly in their orchestrations and they actually bring them out in their overall sound. There are totally 10 tracks in this album, 5 new and 5 from the EP. Even if there are many differences between them, they all unite under the intense personality of Jaldaboath’s music.
I really enjoyed The Rise of the Heraldic Beasts” and I find it as a great choice for someone who wants a lighter version of the many portentous medieval bombastic bands around. I could listen to this album for many times in a row and never getting tired of it, thanks to its unique orchestration and inventive medieval melodies of the compositions. The band has also a very strong personality, totally recognizable, something that gives them a lot of points in my eyes (or ears). You can visit the links to get a taste of their music.
Originally published on HeavyMetalCosmos