Legendary Irish folk metallers Waylander return with a new album, reclaiming their throne in the Celtic extreme metal scene. The band is almost 20 years active, but they had released only 3 full-length albums until now. Except for their first album “Reawakening Pride Once Lost“, a landmark in the genre, their next works were much less folk oriented. Their previous album “Honour Amongst Chaos” 4 years ago, revealed the will of the band to return to its roots, but only in some of the songs. Luckily in their new album Waylander offer us what we loved them for: Celtic folk pagan metal!
The band has now a six member line-up, with a new guitarist in its ranks. They have a very good production and a powerful sound, where metal song structures and folk instruments balance perfectly. Guitars sound very solid, building together with their epic drums a strong rhythmic background, leaving all Celtic tunes and melodies on Dave Briggs’ traditional instruments, such as whistles, Irish bouzouki, mandolin and bodrahn. The band mixes these two separate worlds in a very solid and tight result. I can also see some technical metal elements in their music, while their sound moves somewhere between traditional metal and epic pagan black / death metal. I personally would like the folk elements to affect more their compositions, to penetrate deeper in the song structures and especially in their guitar lines, but the band prefers to offer a more powerful and less melodic approach to their metal orchestrations, something that I totally respect. Also, this time the use of folk instruments is much more extended, so I can’t really complain. There are 9 songs in “Kindred Spirits” with a total duration of almost 54 minutes. Of course their lyrics deal about their homeland’s history, legends and traditions…
Waylander are back with the best album since their debut and by far their most professional and well produced work so far. ”Kindred Spirits” is recommended to fans of Celtic folk pagan metal and not only, since unlike most releases of the genre, they have a more mainstream sound. Like their previous album, it is released by Listenable Records and it comes in regular jewel case edition with an 8-page booklet. Below are the links to their official pages.