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Continuing Suidakra's amazing streak of releases (Averaging just under one a year), "Caledonia" returns to the band's folky roots, which, much to the disdain of fans, were dropped almost entirely on the experimental 2005 release "Command To Charge". Their signature sound is by no doubt revived, but the double-edged sword swings widely, my friends.
The band's attempt the return to their core sound was a bit overzealous; and the overall attempt at folkiness comes off as a little forced at time. Be it the faux accent on the clean vocals, or the extremism during the acoustic interludes; this is no "Emprise To Avalon", my friends; but far better than "Command To Charge". The band is truly on the right track again, just not all the way there.
The overall production is, as stated by the previous reviewer, extremely gratuitous on the low end. This helps showcase bassist Marcus Riewaldt's skills, definitely a path-less-traveled decision from a recording standpoint. Lars Wehner remains extremely inventive on the kit, choosing variation instead of your typical metal drummer flair. His war-drum like sounds definitely supplement the style the band has all but perfected over the past decade. Arkadius and Marcel continue to tear it up on the six-strings; will they ever run out of catchy folk melodies? Genius.
Onto the songs, intro "Highland Hills" is a bit overlong, but helps set the stage and build up momentum for the great, smashing track "A Blackened Shield". The album follows the typical formula for Suidakra releases, with a few acoustic interludes (Including the superb "Ramble") to break up the monotony. I will spare you the torment of reviewing each track seperately, but "Evoke The Demon" and "The IXth Legion" stand out as two more superb cuts.
The remaining unmentioned tracks are all good, but not quite up to Suidakra standards, proving that the band still has some wrinkles to iron out before returning to their superb form right after the turn of the century. By no means a reason to lose hope, "Caledonia" still cannot be missed by fans of the band, or melodic metal in general.