Self released, 01.10.17 Isle of Avalon is a British band from the city of Truro in Cornwall. The band has an album and a small handful of minor releases behind them, and has been active for a bit more than ten years.
The most surprising aspect, however, is that I have actually chosen to try Of Tulgey Wood and the Table Rounde on for size, despite the fact that the band plays power metal.
The explanation is that the band does this with a fairly interesting twist.
An epic approach is nothing new to the genre, but the band's approach is of a more dramatic type with a symphonic and cinematic touch.
Tulgey is basically one of many fictive words designed by Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland. It was initially used as an adjective suggesting thick, dense and dark to describe the forest, but has in subsequent cinematographic versions been used as the name of the surreal forest where our young heroine ends up after eating too many magic mushrooms. The Table Rounde, an archaic style of writing the round table, has in turn - like the band name - links to the legend of King Arthur.
The music is based on adventurous themes in its lyrics. Something that is also reflected in the music. The opening song becomes a bit too power in my ears, while following Tulgey Wood in every way tastes of Alice's bizarre fever fantasies. The album alternates between imagination and symphony. Lyre Of Lyonesse, for example, belongs to a coquettish period in classicism, which I can't seem to place, while others songs possess relatively many acoustic passages. Altogether, Of Tulgey Wood... has a fairly adequate medieval tincture that is often lacking among many a “virgin, knight and dragon” inspired band. Finally, the band covers the song Arthur by key-virtuoso Rick Wakeman.
Despite the fact that a few sequences, as in amongst other Castle Argent, offer some tough and heavy riffing tasting of heavy metal, the album (as feared) becomes a bit too mild and gentle for my taste. I do, however, recommend those who like to explore different metallic landscapes, and who don't fear smooth edges, to check out Isle of Avalon, for the band seems to stands out quite a bit.
Almost a year ago, Myrkgrav released its last album, taking a worthy goodbye with the fans.
I'm writing a short notice to tell you that this thorough work of art has finally been made available digitally.
Enjoy it on Bandcamp, and read the review here.
Just the other day, I received a delightful song from a coming album by a band named Sar Isatum.
I don't deal with presenting such premier-teasers, but the song was too tough to let go, so I wrote a few hasty words. I let No Clean Singing have the dubious and doubtful honour of presenting this foretaste from the debut Shurpu, scheduled for a late November release.