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Corr Mhóna – Abhainn

Corr Mhóna
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 03 June 2021, 8:06 AM

CORR MHONA formed in 2009 and consists of two pairs of brothers: Paul (Guitars, Vocals) and Stephen Quinn (Bass, Vocals), and Robert (Drums, Percussions) and Martin Farrow (Guitars, Vocals). The bond between the members is evident in the song writing where all members actively participate in creating music. This lends to a natural, organic quality which has a unique characteristic. CORR MHONA takes elements form Black, Death, Doom and traditional Irish music to portray a wide variety of atmospheres and moods. “Abhainn” contains ten tracks.

“An Fheoir” leads off the album. It opens with what sounds like water dripping from pipes and soft rain. Some spoken word segues into “An tSúir.” It’s a short, two-and-a-half-minute song, opening with choirs and a heavy guitar riff. It carries forward and is over before you know it. “An Bhearú” is another short track, beginning with some clean vocal harmonies over a bed of heavy guitars and galloping drums. Some harsh vocals come in and then it’s back to the cleans. A guitar solo takes the song to completion.

“An Laoi” is an eight-minute opus. It opens with aggressive riffing and thick, Black Metal vocals. It then retreats for a spell but the anger returns. Clean harmonies make a brief appearance, then the harsh vocals return with fervor. It waxes and wanes a bit, then ends on some harrowing spoken words. “Banda” is another length song, beginning with that full Black Metal sound. A minute in, it drops to clean guitars and clean vocals. The mood is quite melancholy. But, the heavy sound returns. The ebb and flow of the album seems to be a main feature.

“Cumar an Dá Uisce” is another really short track, with acoustical guitar notes and more of that water sound in the background. It makes you feel tranquil, even though the guitar notes are somewhat murky. “An tSláine” opens with thick bass guitar notes and clean vocal harmonies. It’s not long before the chaos ensues…raging vocals and heavy guitars. Again, it waxes and wanes several times throughout. “Uaimh” is a super-short one-minute song, with whispers, water drops, and clean guitars.

“An tSionann” is the longest on the album, at over ten minutes in length. Soft, depressing vocals open the song, along with some vocal harmonies. It begins a slow build from there. Raging vocals and aggressive riffs soon take over. Again, more waxing and waning occur throughout the song. “An tSuláin” closes the album. It begins with depressing clean guitars that are just enough to notice. It builds just a little then, some charming, soft guitars take over. A scream leads to a heavier sound, slowly moving, and then it ends on a long fade-out.

Overall, I found the album to be quite unique when it comes to the genre description. The clean vocals provide some temperance to the harsh and heavy passages, and there are definitely elements of doom present as well. You can also hear the traditional Irish passages in their music. I think it’s a fresh take on the genre and I think any fans of Black or Doom Metal will find this to their liking.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. An Fheoir
2. An tSúir
3. An Bhearú
4. An Laoi
5. Banda
6. Cumar an Dá Uisce
7. An tSláine
8. Uaimh
9. An tSionann
10. An tSuláin
Stephen Quinn – Bass, Vocals
Robert Farrow – Drums, Percussion
Martin Farrow – Guitars, Vocals
Paul Quinn – Guitars, Vocals
Record Label: Negrey PlanY Records


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