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.