Cnoc An Tursa are a band from Scotland that has been featured before in this zine and plays a pagan form of black metal with some folk music elements and this is a review of their album "The Forty Five" which will be released in 2017 by Apocalyptic Witchcraft Recordings.
War sounds start off the album along with an epic atmosphere as will as adding keyboards onto the recording and after the intro folk instruments and acoustic guitars are added into the music along with the songs also getting more heavy and atmospheric and most of the tracks a re very long and epic in length.
When the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can be heard while some songs also add in symphonic and epic elements and the vocals are mostly deep yet grim black metal screams and the riffs also use a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats and there is also a brief use of pagan style shouts.
Clean guitars can be heard in certain sections of the recording and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the guitar solos and leads are done in a very melodic fashion and some of the fast riffs bring in more of a raw black metal feeling and there is also a brief use of whispers and they also bring in a keyboard instrumental before returning back to a heavier direction on the remaining tracks and melodic vocals are also used briefly and later songs also bring in a small amount of acoustic guitars.
Cnoc An Tursa creates another recording that remains true to folk influenced melodic and epic style of pagan/black metal from their previous release, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Scottish History and Poetry themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Cnoc An Tursa and if you are a fan of pagan/black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Yellow Locks Of Charlie" "Sound The Pibroach" and "The Last Of the Stuarts". 8 out of 10.