Review by Sloof: Seems to be a difficult name, one hard to remember when you’re talking to friends, and that’s a pity as this newcomer has so much to offer that people need to be informed about this band from Belgium! Epic Symphonic Metal where a symbiosis between classical music, folk tunes and Metal genres of all sorts go by, hand in hand.
The band started in spring 2013 when Katrien (Violin) gathered some musicians to create marvelous Metal symphonies. Energetic performances was their goal and this debut EP is the key to give the band some word of mouth. The songs handle about historical legends, where heroes, wizards and foes encounter dragons, goblins and knights in shining armor. The band entered the Waveshape Audio Studio (Evil Invaders) and mastering was done by Ferry Duijssens (Leaves Eyes, Anneke Van Giersbergen) who did a wonderful job! There are 4 songs and a prelude, with a total playing time of 22 minutes.
Well, I must say that this EP has been playing for days in a row, as the arrangements are a real joy for mind and ears! A lot of variety, outstanding vocals by Sara and structures that increase in quality, time after time. Every song has a totally different approach, every track seems to be in another period of time. Not only by lyrics, but also by atmosphere and vibe! Wonderful! ‘Scarecrow’ is more direct, while ‘Glorious Days’ adds more atmosphere to the song. Those that have been in Rome already noticed the manhole covers where ‘S.P.Q.R.’ is indicated. Well, this abbreviation or initialism stands for ‘Senatus Populusque Romanus’ which means the ‘Roman Senate and People’ and the phrase commonly appears in speeches of Cicero and books of Livy.
Interesting that Cathubodua is lifting their songs with lyrics that have content and they even use Latin phrases in their lyrics that give an extra dimension to their songs. Can’t mention any negative comment, as all tracks are equal to each other. The musicians deliver a perfect job, the whole vibe is constantly present and I can’t wait to hear more from this band, so don’t wait too long to record and release a next Opus! This debut EP is nominated as ‘must hear’ release and their unsigned position is only a matter of (short) time! Additional info at: http://www.cathubodua.be/ / https://nl-nl.facebook.com/Cathubodua.be/
My rating: 87/100 (Good in its own genre, recommended for those hoked on it)