Hantaoma – ‘Malamòrt’ (2018)
Release: 9 March 2018
Label: Holy Records
From time to time it happens we receive an album which stays on our ‘to do-shelves’ way to long. None of our teammembers seems to like it enough to write something about it.
I can understand the feelings of my ‘fellows’ here, but on the other hand I can’t quite understand it.
‘Malamòrt’ isn’t that bad at all. But what struck me the most is that the album is messy. The band uses lots of authentic instruments, like hurd-gurdy, bagpipes, violin and more. And they all have a nice place in the mix. The guitars are forming the rough piece of rock on which the authentic instruments paint their music, with a more prominent role for hurdy gurdy and bagpipes.
Besides the fact, not everything is always in tune, the productions is sounds messy, and that’s really a shame. A song like ‘L’Alba del Drac’ is quite ruined in this way.
As a big fan of the use of these authentic instruments I’m quite happy with a lot of their songs.
The slower songs like ‘Tres Peiras’ suffer less from this and give me a better idea of how it could sound. Songs like ‘Sortilegi’ with a traditional folk-melody and ‘Mestres del Boes e Mesters de la Luna’ the band shows they can write fine songs, but they’re all smothered in the production.
In my opinion the band could make beautiful albums if they had the help of a skilled producer.
If it were only for the songs, I would listen to this album quite often, but with this production I won’t.
- Lo reine del negre 05:53
- Los dracons 04:53
- Marcamal 05:34
- Las trébas del castel 05:57
- L’alba del drac 05:43
- Tres pèiras 04:23
- Frej eternal 05:17
- Sortilegi 05:31
- Indemoniata 05:34
- Mèstres del boès e mèstres de la luna 05:11