Review: The Wolves of Avalon – Boudicca’s Last Stand (UK, 2014)

Boudicca’s Last Stand is the second full-length release by UK based folk metal act The Wolves Of Avalon, dated July 2014 and published by Godreah Records.
With this release the band added cello and accordion to their instrumentation, enriching the folk sounds brought by the already established set of flute, mandolin and violins.
Thematically, the album brings us back to ancient pagan Britain when queen Boudicca tried to defend pagan culture against the Roman invasion.
The album brings nice, soothing and atmospheric folk orchestrations, epic progressions, melodic refrains and backing choirs.

My selected tracks would be “Famished Wolves Befogged With Blood” and “The Dreadful Thirst Of Death” for their folk elements, “The Icknield Way Is Dripping With The Juice Of Our Marrow-Bones” for its atmospheric and in places I’d say quite post-metalish elements and “The Gorging Glut Of Sodden Clay” for its riffs, initially reminiscent of the death metal trademark, and nice backing choirs.
My standout track would probably be “Iceni Queen Unfurl’d In A Tempest Of Crows”. A very melodic track full of bodied choirs and epic refrains.

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About Andrea "Rizzo" Rizzieri 39 Articles
TSL co-founder, co-owner, editor, and in charge of everything-that-comes-with-that. Born 1992, I always had the vocation to learn everything I could later never accomplish to save my own life. I am indeed a failed guitarist, drummer and so much more! Er, I’d better write about music I like for the time being. Although my musical past has been firmly rooted in rock, punk and metal, I appreciate any kind of music as long as I find it artistically interesting. I have a split personality by which part of me likes anything musically forward-thinking, inventive or just of general “good taste”, and part of me likes being blasted by all-out intensity and dissonance.

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