Book of Dowth
Style: Melodic Death/Celtic Folk
Release date: 25 March, 2011
Playing time: 40:11

For this follow-up to "Crogacht" (an album that ranked in the top 5 of my Best of 2009 list), I was certainly eager to see how the newest Suidakra album would measure up. "The Book of Dowth" doesn't quite match up to the level of "Crogacht" but on its own, it ends up being a serviceable listening experience.

Quite a few of the songs on the album are catchy (such as "Birog's Oath" and "Mag Mell"). Still, there really aren't any standout tracks. The variety in the types of tracks remains, with a decent mix of melodic death and folk, with the occasional black metal riffing thrown in here or there. And Suidakra's integration of Celtic influences remains at the top of the heap. There seems to be more slower paced songs, some featuring heavier riffs than I'm accustomed to hearing from them.

As a whole though, I'm a little bit underwhelmed. The inventiveness just isn't there. The riffing on the album fails to be memorable; I think more of the vocals than anything else (and this band has wrote some very memorable riffs in the past). The drumming also stands out in faster spots, but those are infrequent.

I still enjoyed listening to the album, but as far as Suidakra stuff goes, I'd rather listen to Crogacht, and this album isn't going to compare to stronger folk metal efforts by other bands. So I don't see this one having much shelf life in someone's regular rotation, but it's worth checking out.


01. Over Nine Waves
Dowth 2059
Birog's Oath
Mag Mell
The Dark Mound
Stone of the Seven Suns
Fury Fomoraigh
Otherworlds Collide

Label: AFM Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 62/100
Reviewed by: The Rev
Date: 25 March, 2011