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Mordrake - Unhallowed Chambers

Unhallowed Chambers
by Charlotte "Lotty" Whittingham at 18 January 2015, 6:43 PM

Despite travelling across most of the UK to see some of the greatest live Metal shows, it’s always the ones close to home that end being the greatest; surrounded by like-minded friends you can enthusiastically enjoy bands to and experience some great music. I felt this way whilst watching Bristol based Dark Melodic force MORDRAKE at one of local haunt known as The Hobbit, Southampton.

I remember it being quite a Metal style treat as it encouraged every kind of enthusiastic appreciation you could possibly think of; head banging, foot stomping and fist pumping entertainment. So I am very much honoured to be reviewing their EP “Unhallowed Chambers”.

So it begins with a more than enticing introduction track called “Rising”; this might be a weird comparison but I compare to the build-up of an adrenaline fuelled roller coaster where you feel anticipated yet fearful at the same time. By the time you get off; your heart is racing and your breathing is fast paced yet you want to experience the whole thing again as it was so fulfilling. I can safely apply this method with the EP, by the end of it I am left so exhilarated I want to experience the whole thing again.

If you read my previous reviews I often pick a few tracks on the album that highlight the listening experience for me; in this case each track served an equal purpose of making sure the listener felt alive and ecstatic. I also admire the way each track contained the crucial ingredients of a Metal EP; these are neck breaking guitar riffs/solos, brutally brilliant vocal work and crashing drums that would make the God of Thunder bow before them. I feel these are demonstrated best in “Rumours, Myths And Legends”, “Faded From Existence” and “Within This World”.

Ending on a more than positive note with “Guardians Will Return” marks a grand conclusion that will see they climb up the metal ladder.

5 Star Rating

1. Rising
2. Rumours, Myths And Legends
3. Faded From Existence
4. Claim For The Dark
5. Within This World
6. Guardians Will Return
Jamie Drake - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Chris Mor – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Gordon Amos – Bass
Jake Squires – Drums, Backing Vocals
Record Label: Independent


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