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Syryn and Mustakettu add Celtic influences to metal

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A lot of bands are getting into Celtic rock and going whole hog with outfits and makeup. They Slice  showed off a few of Alberta’s Celtic rockers, Aug.Syryn vocalist Sloan Voxxkills at the Slice, Aug. 24. Photo by Richard Amery 24.

 I arrived in tine for  Edmonton Celtic rock/folk metal band  Mustakettu who played an outstanding set of metal music punctuated by fiddle, pipe and flute standing apart  from ’80s heavy metal riffs and throbbing bass.

 They looked like they stepped right out of the Viking ages or a D and D tournament with tribal makeup and fur jerkins.
 The fiddle player Helvii was superb as was Eeva adding flute and whistles.

 They were a lot of fun, sounding like a more tribal Real McKenzies, but really reminded me of Unleash the Archers as they crashed into a rousing song about drinking to end their set.

 They made way for Syryn who moved in two fancy backdroMustakettu fiddle player Helvii at the Slice, Aug. 24. Photo by Richard Ameryps and a’80s style metal drum rig into place. After an extensive soundcheck, they broke into a heavy set of Celtic folk which emphasized Sloan Voxxkills’ operatic vocal an  heavy, ’80s style riffs from guitarists Byron Gorieu and Paulo Rage, but didn’t play any guitar harmonies like a lot of ”’80s style metal bands embrace.

They tossed their hirsuit heads, hammering home big thrash style guitar riffs.
 I left as they launched into a song about “killing people.”

 I missed  another set by NyghtBlaed and was too late for opening act Frege’s Puzzle

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 August 2019 13:06 )  
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