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CAULDRON OF LIFE

Thoby Loth

 

Prog Folk

4.05 | 4 ratings

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kenethlevine
Special Collaborator
Prog-Folk Team
4 stars

Finnish folk/neo outfit THOBY LOTH' second album continues in largely the same vein as their debut, yet somehow the results are far more appealing. The band rocks harder, particularly in the preference for lead and rhythm guitar over organ, the melodies are more haunting, and the arrangements are far more atmospheric, as if a spaceship could descend into the clearing and spoil or boost the party, or perhaps just hover above and act as a spotlight on the rituals.

"Cauldron of Life" is as consistent as its predecessor but at a far higher level, one that insists upon itself and makes the diversion worthwhile. Again, highlights are difficult to pick out, as this runs like a soundtrack. On that subject, I should add that vocals are not missing in this highly evocative music, and, if you know me, you know I like my vocals! On this disk, THOBY LOTH reminds me at times of a high voltage CELTAS CORTOS but this is a supreme example of generating a fresh sound out of recycled parts, all the better for their vintage. I do suggest you stop by the cauldron in the wood, you know, the one you avoided before. You won't be disappointed.

kenethlevine | 4/5 |

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