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posticon Celtic Legacy - Resurrection (a review)


Celtic Legacy
Resurrection

Personnel:
Mark Guildea - vocals
Dave Morrissey - guitars/keyboards
Darren Maher - guitars
Dave Boylan - bass/backing vocals
Stephen Cash - drums/percussion


Well, after some 5 listens I can already claim that this is one of the best new albums I have heard this year, really!
Before I got this I was worried if it's not that good and how to say it here, but now that I've heard it I can honestly say that it's an awesome achievement.
The playing is top-notch, songs are well though-out and catchy and production is just great.

The record opens with a 2 minutes atmospheric instrumental, The Fallen which is a good prelude to the real opener, powerful and energetic Live by the Sword. It has a really catchy chorus and great riff.

Next comes another rocker, Guardian Angel, which has also a good chorus and a driving groove.

After GA it's time for an epic, the title-song of the record, which tells story of Irish warriors I guess. You can clearly tell that Maiden is one of the influences to the band. I'd say this is at least as good as some Maiden's epic songs.

Children of the Sky starts with the main riff (which is great btw), with some violin thrown in. Works quite well. Good song overall, but not one of the best on the record.

Then it's time for the potential single hit (just like it's said on Celtic Legacy's website), Timeless. A little lighter song with an absolutely gorgeus scream in the end from Guildea. I though that 'man, when is he going to stop?!'.

Sloidephuch Doin is an instrumental, brings Maiden's Losfer Words to my mind yet not sounding like it. Good powerful riff-driven instrumental with some celtic influences. I like it, one of my favourites.

Next comes Shine which was also on the first album. This version has much better vocals however and really makes justice to the tune. Not one of my favourited though.

Always the Hero starts with a great riff(!) and I've heard that this song is similar to Thin Lizzy (I don't own any of Lizzy's records I've only heard a few of their songs).If the real Thin Lizzy is like this then I'm going to order some of their records. What do you recommend Dave? emoticon

The second epic of the album is Emania - Shadows of Moonlight which is about some spirits in Irish mythology (?) if I got the lyrics right. What a massive riff! Great quiet middle part.

Last but not least is the only ballad, When a Stranger Comes which has some really great lead guitar work in the end. I like it.


My conclusions:
All that I can say is WOW, Dave, you can be really proud with yourself. It's a shame that the modern music industry is interested in producing crap while there's gems like this around. Definitely recommended to everyone here.
Now get your asses up and go order Resurrection at:
http://www.celtic-legacy.com/resorder.html
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Niko, thanks for a great review. Like I said before I like to hear honest feedback so I appreciate this big time!

To answer you question, go check out Thin Lizzy's Black Rose, Jailbreak and Live & Dangerous if you want to hear the real Lizzy sound.

Thanks again mate!! emoticon
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Great Review Niko.

Celtic,

can I order your album at your the website ? I live in Brazil and I'm very curiuos to listen .

Erich
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I'll try and get my thoughts down on this album soon too, and add a review.

Erich - since CL's not on-line, I think yes, definitely you can. Go to http://www.celtic-legacy.com/index.html
If you like hard rock, I'd go for it!


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OK, as promised, my review of the new Celtic Legacy album, Resurrection. Knowing Dave'll be looking in again soon, I'll be as honest as I can.

First, a preface. For those of old enough to remember buying LPs, one of the major gripes about the cd format was that the artwork was simply 'not the same'. The major downsizing robbed us of the visual impact great LPs had - Wish You Were Here, or Lamb Lies Down for example, didn't seem to have the same presence. I mention this, because before I'd even played a note of this new cd, the band got bonus points for an immaculately presented double cd. A great deal of care has been taken over the 24 page colour booklet, and it contains a load of info from and on the band. Even the black and silver cd label says 'class'.

Onto the music...

THE FALLEN is the opener - this atmospheric tone-poem intro with Gaelic tinges lulls you into a false sense of serenity, before LIVE BY THE SWORD: the opening riff and playing on this track would not be out of place on a Dio album - Viv Campbell-style power playing and a good strong melody. Great stuff.

GUARDIAN ANGEL - a good solid rock song, melodically reminiscent (to me at least) of the best bits of late Whitesnake. A really nice touch, the guitars drop back to highlight Mark's lyrics on the early verses. Could have been 'stronger', but still easily makes the grade.

RESURRECTION - A delicate lilting opening builds nicely into this the title track, which features some great Lizzy-style guitar work too. There's a feeling of grandeur to this track, and the floaty synth adds to the atmosphere.

CHILDREN OF THE SKY - I really hope Celtic Legacy have a live light-and-laser-show to do justice to this powerful song! Mark's voice seems to have to work pretty hard sometimes over an intricate and very solid instrumental base, but yet again, there's some great guitar playing.

TIMELESS - a cool bass intro (a RHCP fan by any chance?) leads into what at first might seem to be Celtic Legacy Lite - Don't be fooled! In my mind's eye I can already see the video to promote this song on Kerrang, or any other decent music video channel..... Again, committed chunky guitar playing shines, with good drumming too. I love the classic double-speed beat change halfway through as the whole band builds up the power and momentum. Did Graham Bonnet coach Mark for the climax? (I must have a closer read through the credits.... emoticon )

SLOIDEPHUCH DOIN - Well, you can tell that this ain't no love song from the first bar! A power instrumental with some neat breaks and twists. Quality.

SHINE - Fully committed as ever, but.... the verses on Shine seem a little clumsy, and I'm not sure the lyrics 'work' to the drive of the music on this one - that said, the chorus is superbly written/performed and very catchy. This is a song that could not only survive major surgery, but really might thrive in a different format.

ALWAYS THE HERO - I've never been a fan of Iron Maiden, but if they'd had a singer capable of vocals of this quality, I might feel differently....!! Where Shine loses points, this one scores big time. And yeah, theres a bona fide, if brief, 'guitar-hero solo'! This track is one of the best pieces of rock music I've heard this year.

EMANIA - SHADOWS OF MOONLIGHT - Slow down that hard'n'heavy beat and come up with a combination of a whole bundle of Brit heavy rock influences. The vocals on this track are outstanding.

A major plus point for this band is that they use dynamics really well, and vary light and shade to make the most of their songs' potential. WHEN A STRANGER COMES is a perfect example, blending a power-ballad feel to ease the album to a close, contrasting the welcome hard-rock feel to many of the tracks.

The sharp-eyed (and possibly Stephen Cash and Dave Boylan) may have noticed that I have not singled out the bass-playing and drumming. From me, this a compliment. They do not dominate or interfere with the music, they provide the perfect base for it to happen, solidly and unobtrusively.
Result!

If you've not considered buying this album, then at least check out their website and hear the clips. Without resulting to cliches, this band may not be the finished article, but very obviously have the talent and potential to be big. I like this album, and it's a very welcome addiction to my cd-rack.

Now, when can I see them live? emoticon
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Thanks Nighthawk for another honest assessment. The buzz about this album seems to be increasing, I can only hope the record labels pick it up so we can go with a fully fledged retail release for 2004. Thanks also for the compliments about the packaging - I worked damned hard on trying to get the right look and style for the album...maybe now my boss will give me a raise emoticon

To answer Erich's question, yes you can get ordering detail on the band's website. My man Vladimir will happily look after you if you send him a mail.

And one more point that I better answer in relation to Emania: yes there are certainly a few influences coming through on that riff, a large one being a song by Deep Purple called...naah you can figure it out for yourself emoticon

Big J and IanN...I know you haven't got your CD's yet and was talking to Vladi about that earlier. He decided to wait for the posters and certs afterall which arrived this morning, so he will definitely be sending the lot out to you tomorrow morning. I hope this doesn't make you too disappointed. But at least Nico and Dave have given you an idea of what to expect. Apologies again for the slight delay.

One more question to answer which is the situation with live gigs. At the moment we have no management or agent although the guys in Germany are trying to organise some shows over there around February. We're looking out for someone to take care of gigs but at present no one we have approached has shown an interest, so it looks like it's up to us. If the situation changes though we'll let you know.
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quote:

Celtic Legacy wrote:

Big J and IanN...I know you haven't got your CD's yet and was talking to Vladi about that earlier. He decided to wait for the posters and certs afterall which arrived this morning, so he will definitely be sending the lot out to you tomorrow morning. I hope this doesn't make you too disappointed. But at least Nico and Dave have given you an idea of what to expect. Apologies again for the slight delay.



Not disappointed, just a bit frustrated after reading the good reviews emoticon

Builds up the anticipation though, definitely!

No, I'm quite happy to wait for mine - there's no point incurring double postage (one for the CD, the other for the extras) and reducing your already limited profits.

I'm really pleased it's been so well received.



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SLOIDEPHUCH DOIN - Great title!!

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Yep, Kinda proud of that title myself emoticon A lot of people thought it was genuine Irish name or place, when in reality it's a band in-joke!
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