Although not quite as bad as it is in the
case of their Scottish brethren across the North Channel, Mael Mórdha suffer from
the Alestorm syndrome: The music is great, the ideas are fine, the mood is
set...but the whole thing is marred by a voice that fails to do justice to the
Anthony Lindsay's voice can at best be described as strained and forced when he
uses his clean vocal - which he happens to do for the most part. And I can see
how he should be using the clean vocal a lot for this folk laden doom/death
metal, but I find my self desperately wanting to hear this with a really good
voice and not something that to a frightening degree sounds like myself when I
try to sing.
For all it's worth, it's really cool to hear bits of Gaelic in metal - it really
creates a mood. Mael Mórdha, why not explore it even more and have lyrics in
Gaelic (translation attached, please), bring in another singer to do the clean vocal
parts and create more tunes like the fabulous The Doom of the Races of Éire?
Sláinte to that.