• John Van de Mergel

Sounds | The Sluagh, I bhFolach


Ik weet eigenlijk maar half wat ik hoor. Een niet makkelijk te verteren blend van tech/prog/symphonic metal met jazz en classical erdoor verweven? Free metal dus. Best leuk deze single, maar geen idee of ik dat een volledig album kan volhouden. Een uitdaging dus voor de komende weken.


Enivid Creatures is op 8 maart 2022 verschenen.


Luister ook naar: Notions Of Power


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The Sluagh [meaning “Army/Host” in Gaelic] bring a striking dynamic to the Death Metal genre, with unpredictable, extreme, and at times, brutal arrangements that co-exist alongside, clean, calm, and melodic structures, making it as compelling as one can hope for.

The overall concept of the six-piece musically is to be instrumentally driven and not to have one instrument, individual or element dictate the sound” – states the band.

Their latest album, ‘Enivid Creatures’ is a stunning body of work that raises the bar to lofty heights within the blossoming underground Irish Metal scene. ‘I bhFolach’ is a brand new instrumental bonus track released today.


To be honest, an instrumental single was a brazen move. We delivered something that wouldn’t be a typical encapsulation of our sound”, says vocalist Sean. “On the track ‘I bhFolach’, we stripped back the vocals, orchestra, and choirs on the song, leaving only the three guitars, bass, and drums to escort the listener through the track. We did it to exercise dynamic and demonstrate instrumental drive.

But the execution of the single as a whole didn’t lack the usual diversity of form that we usually operate on, Notions of Power is as different to the song I bhFolach, as the single is to the album. In short, we wanted to do something different.


Speaking of the band’s use of masks, the band commented:

The decision for The Sluagh to wear masks was really a decision to extend the artwork into another medium and to elaborate further on the efforts we make for creativity. I think what each mask represents differs from person to person in the band. For me, The Sluagh, in its legend, was represented by a flock of birds, so I went with a bird-like design to tie in with the band’s title.


The Sluagh is

Jorge Nino - vocals

Sean Blacklock - guitar

Avinash Appadoo - guitar

Killian Chellar - guitar/vocals

Krzysztof Sowa - bas


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