Genre: Doom Folk Metal
Country: Switzerland
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year: 2019

Τwo years ago, when Cellar Darling’s debut album “This is The Sound” reached my hands, I admit to be a little prejudiced, just as most of the people must had been after the threesome consisting of Murphy/Sutter/Henzi left Eluveitie. Slowly however, more specifically after a few listening sessions, especially after their show in Thessaloniki, in November 2017 with Lacuna Coil, I saw a band not willing to climb over people (especially over Chrigel Glanzmann). As humble as they are, both on and off stage, Cellar Darling deliver “The Spell”, two years after all these. Melancholic, dark, having progressive rock as a setsquare more than the folk rock element, “The Spell” deals with all catastrophic aspects in a man’s mentally hypochondriacous life, through an acoustic journey of searching the meaning of life. In a variety of moments, Anna Murphy (who is probably at the peak of her career), reminds me of Anneke Van Giersbergen and the Gathering’s prime days, while the band is obviously improving since “This is The Sound”. In that way, you might allow me to baptize Cellar Darling and “The Spell”, as Doom Folk Metal.

3,5/6