CONORACH - 42 DAYS / PATRIOT'S SONG
Metal To Infinity
the release of a demo in 2006 (‘A New Day Rising’), the Dutch band Conorach
focused on their debut album ‘Tales From The Tavern’ which was actually
released in 2008. The band Conorach can be described as a ‘folk meets power
metal’ company that is focusing on rhythm and a ‘feel good attitude’.
What we have in hands right now, is a CD-r with two songs, and I guess
that this can be considered as their second demo.
The songs that feature this release are “42 Days” and “Patriot’s
Song”, but unfortunately, we missed an info sheet with additional news and
extra information about this band. So, it was time to find some more about these
young Dutch metalheads, and what I found on the internet guided me into an idea
that this band focuses on Folk with the addition of a little Power metal.
I had a few bands in my head like Skyclad, Finntroll, Moonsorrow and
Falconer, but I was really surprised when I listened to the songs for the first
The amount of Folk is rather increasing compared with the power metal
ingredient. And that’s great, as I prefer Power above Folk, personally.
Dutch history and folk tales that are weaved in the musical compositions are
really interesting, and I guess that their debut album ‘Tales From The Tavern’
will have great visions on an evening full of beer in a local bar.
But, we have to focus on the two songs that present the band anno 2010.
For some reason, this band is still unsigned, and that’s a little
songs were recorded at ‘Sir Bang A Lot’s Sound Dungeons’ (what’s in a
name!?), and the production was done by the band themselves.
The six members of Conorach are divided in two guitar players, one
vocalist, one keyman, one bassplayer and of course one drummer. None of the
players is taking two jobs at the same time, which might result that each member
can focus with full attention on his own instrument!
first song is called ’42 Days’ and starts a bit like Maiden.
Great bass from Daniël and nice pumping drums from Ivo give this opener
a good rhythm!
When the keys from Sander interact with the other instruments, we hear a
lot of atmosphere and the guitars have a sound that remembered me of good old
So instead of Folk, we may conclude that there is also a little Gothic
involved! Patrick and Jurgen give a break in this track with their guitars and
the song is increasing in speed. All these different elements might be confusing,
but when you listen to the track, it’s a coherent part and arrangement! Really
nice, so I wonder how the vocals will sound, as musical wise everything seems to
be really great.
It takes about 4 minutes before we hear the throat of Jacco, and his
vocal chords have an addition to the music!
He sounds as the perfect man for the job!
Some moments, I had a little Uriah Heep in my head, but the main
influence comes from Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden). Even the structure of the
song has a lot of Maiden additions, but it’s done very well, so who cares.
The song ’42 Days’ takes about 7 minutes, and we hear a lot of breaks
and hooks which gave me a very pleasant feeling!
The second song is called ‘Patriot’s Song’, with almost 6 minutes
The Iron Maiden feeling was still present, and the beginning of this
second track even made it stronger. The bass is present all time, and is lifting
this song into a melodic track with, again, a cool arrangement.
overall sound of Conorach is really great, and I don’t know if they changed
their style drastically, as I must confess that the Folk influences are no
I need to find their debut album to compare how they sounded back in
Anyway, we may conclude that Holland has another great band that is able
to create great songs with enough power and heaviness to convince the nowadays
Rating a 2-song demo is not easy, as these songs might be the best ones
that they wrote during past 12 months, but if they succeed in releasing an album
with this potential, I would reward is with 85+. Let’s see what the future
Follow these lads at their homepage: www.conrach.nl
My rating: 85 / 100 (Review by Patrick De Sloover)
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