The Wolves Of Avalon: Boudicca's Last Stand

Meads frontman sees red on his folk-related offshoot

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The final rebellion of Britain’s foremost Celtic warrior queen Boudicca is a perfect match for The Wolves Of Avalon, frontman Metatron’s avowedly pagan folk metal project.

His powerful lyrics and impassioned snarl stir the blood, as do the tasteful arrangements for violin, cello and mandolin that swirl among the chug riffs and plaintive leads of opening highlight Famished Wolves Befogged With Blood. Although orchestration is one of The Wolves’ greatest strengths, at first it struggles against a rather cold and synthetic sound. Guest vocalists from Drudkh and Nokturnal Mortum heighten the folkloric BM quotient, but it’s an artefact of waltzing, windswept Celtic metal, and despite modernistic touches like treated beats and an occasional ill-fitting vocal that sounds like Stone Sour, compelling material and heady Dark Age atmospheres shine through.

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Chris Chantler

Chris has been writing about heavy metal since 2000, specialising in true/cult/epic/power/trad/NWOBHM and doom metal at now-defunct extreme music magazine Terrorizer. Since joining the Metal Hammer famileh in 2010 he developed a parallel career in kids' TV, winning a Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award for BBC1 series Little Howard's Big Question as well as writing episodes of Danger Mouse, Horrible Histories, Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed and The Furchester Hotel. His hobbies include drumming (slowly), exploring ancient woodland and watching ancient sitcoms.