Local Review: Caladan Brood

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Caladan Brood
Echoes of Battle
Northern Silence Productions
Street: 02.15
Caladan Brood = Summoning + Graveland + Elffor
Evoking a bitter age of strife in a war-torn fantasy realm, Echoes of Battle shows an impressive amount of maturity for a debut release. With a tasteful mix of thoughtful orchestral arrangements and dynamic black metal sorcery, members Mortal Sword and Shield Anvil pay lyrical and musical tribute to Steven Erikson’s dark fantasy series, The Malazan Book of the Fallen. Echoes of Battle immerses the listener in a world of thunderous triumph and dark lamentation, traveling to grand, arcane cities across dust-choked battlefields and into the hearts of Malazan marines on the march. Even if you have never heard of the series, this album demonstrates the best of what atmospheric black metal has to offer, incorporating unique flourishes that show Caladan Brood’s willingness to test the boundaries of epic black metal.