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by Celtic Legacy

Drawing on influences from Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy and Helloween among others, Celtic Legacy add a unique twist with a traditional Irish flavour, soaring twin lead guitars and powerful melodies. Resurrection received incredible reviews upon its release.
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1. The Fallen
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2. Live By The Sword
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3. Guardian Angel
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4. Resurrection
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5. Children Of The Sky
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6. Timeless
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7. Sloidephuch Doin
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8. Shine
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9. Always The Hero
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10. Emania - Shadows Of Moonlight
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11. When A Stranger Comes
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12. The Lonesome Boatman - Demo
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13. Long Ride Home - Demo
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14. Guardian Angel - Demo
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15. Wandering Free - Remix
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16. Lost Soul - Remix
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17. Waterfront - Remix
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18. Sloidephuch Doin - Remix
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19. Stop Before You Kiss Me Goodbye -Demo
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20. You Want It You Got It - Demo
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21. Emania - Children Of Moonlight - Demo
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22. The Lonesome Boatman - Reprise - Demo
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Album Notes
Celtic Legacy would like to thank each and every one of you who purchased a copy of Resurrection through CD Baby. Our stocks of this album are now exhausted largely thanks to sales from this site! It's thanks to you that we can go on and record more albums and we hope you will give the same support to Guardian Of Eternity when it is released at the end of 2006.


Thanks again,
Dave Morrissey & Dave Boylan

Celtic Legacy's second album, recorded between June and October 2003 received stellar reviews worldwide since its release.

Again, totally self financed and produced, this album brought Celtic Legacy to the attention of a new wave of fans. The tracks written for this album were a step up from the band's first release and has heightened expectations for a third album (to be released some time in 2006).

In the years between the two albums, Legacy changed members several times and on one occasion the singer even changed gender!! The remaining founder members had, however, been very active on the songwriting front and were convinced they had an album's worth of material that would eclipse what had been recorded on the debut. The line-up that emerged to record the album had great potential and the harder edged material on Resurrection was more suited to the newer members than the first one had been.

When the album was released the reviews that followed surprised the band in their unanimous praise of 'Resurrection'. Every review gave it a stellar write up, and on one U.S. webzine it was voted as the readers album of 2003. Many reviewers admitted to being blown away or taken completely by surprise. The reviews are still coming in 2 years after its release.

The two tracks that are always singled out for attention from this album are 'Resurrection' itself, and 'Emania - Shadows Of Moonlight', both epic tracks. The classic opener, 'Live By The Sword' and celtic belter 'Children Of The Sky' became firm favourites, and the emotive ballad 'When A Stranger Comes' closed the album in fine style.

However, once again history repeated itself less than a year after Resurrection was released when the line-up that recorded it split. Undaunted, the original founder members pressed on with their songwriting for a third album which should see the light of day toward the end of 2006 and it should follow on directly from where Resurrection left off. Recording is due to commence during Summer 2006. See the Celtic Legacy website for updates.

All sales of this album will include a free bonus promotional CD with a specially re-recorded instrumental version of Celtic Legacy.



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The blending of metal with Celtic influences has been going on for some time now, with Skyclad, The Lord Weird Slough Feg, Tuatha de Danaan and dozens more that are actually from the Emerald Isle putting out some top-quality releases. Celtic Legacy is an outstanding example of this style, essentially classic NWOBHM and current progressive elements interwoven with the Celtic folk rhythms that have become familiar to us here via movie soundtracks and the like. Traditional Irish fiddle and harp have been replaced with keyboards providing the effect of the stringed instruments, but the sound is tremendous nonetheless.

Vocalist Mark Guildea’s sterling voice - comparable perhaps to a Joe Lynn Turner or Glenn Hughes, even at times a young Rob Halford - is remarkable throughout, while it also seems that there’s nothing guitarists Dave Morrissey and Darren Maher can’t do. These old sods have written 11-for-11 great songs, not a moments’ filler to be found. In an age where a CD often begins to wear out its welcome somewhere around track number 6, this top quality release is reminiscent of the era when albums had two sides and a distinct ebb and flow that keeps your attention rapt from start to finish.
From the lush strains of “The Fallen” and into the galloping, traditionally metallic “Live By The Sword,” we know right away this record’s a keeper. As “Guardian Angel” gets underway, with its breezy melody line and Michael Schenker-like trills, we are reminded of the likes of UFO, Foreigner and Kansas - nothing wrong with that! But get ready to be blown away, because next up is the massive title track. It begins with a lone acoustic guitar and Guildea’s quietly powerful vocals, then is joined by snare drum and lead guitar, building up to an electric crescendo. This song is a triumph of both songwriting and performance that actually makes me think of Sad Wings of Destiny/ Sin After Sin era Judas Priest. No one writes like this anymore, but they should! “Children of the Sky” employs a wealth of Celtic influence, immediately bringing to mind Riot’s amazing Inishmore. “Timeless” is one of the most NWOBHM-inspired tracks, with its crunchy central riff. Instrumental “Sloidephuch Doin” is perfectly placed, showcasing the considerable ability of bassist Dave Boylan and drummer Stephen Cash as well as the guitarists. “Shine” and “Always the Hero” are heavy metal tracks through and through, but the band really hauls out the heavy artillery for the 8.5-minute epic “Emania - Shadows of Moonlight.” As if the whole record wasn’t great enough already, this next-to-last song has to be the best one yet, again Priest-like in its unpredictable structure and emotional depth. “When a Stranger Comes” is a pretty ballad, the perfect closer for an album that’s just taken us on a journey to faraway lands and unknown times.

Despite that it took a tremendous amount of effort to be able to put this record out, as labels are too busy signing anything that has “core” at the end of its genre-tag to give Celtic Legacy any attention, the end result is a polished studio production that was probably an expensive undertaking. One can only have the highest respect for the band members for refusing to compromise their standards, and for the band’s fans who actually came forward with donations to help this record get made. Well, luckily it was all worthwhile because Resurrection has been hailed widely as one of the best metal albums of 2003, and I have to agree.


What's old is new again. In this age of subpar retro bands that seem to throw together any musicians they can find so they can release an equally subpar album, it is nice when you get to hear something like this that is actually good and professional. Ireland's Celtic Legacy is not what I would call a retro band exactly, but their new album "Resurrection" has a sound that is definitely a throwback to the metal of old, without sounding dated at all.

Imagine if you will, a band that combined some elements of Iron Maiden, Manowar, and some other 80's metal bands (Maybe a bit of Helloween), and you can kind of get an idea of what "Resurrection" sounds like. Not only does "Resurrection" sound a bit like those aforementioned bands, but it also borrows a lot from 70's rock/metal icons Thin Lizzy. The band is such big fans of Thin Lizzy in fact, that Phil Lynott's mother has a piece she wrote in the booklet stating that Celtic Legacy are donating part of the proceeds off the sale of "Resurrection" to a fund for a statue of Phil that will be put somewhere in Dublin. The combination of these two different styles really makes for something unique. It's rare in metal today to hear guitar leads or solos, or hear a vocalist that can actually sing! Really, Celtic Legacy's vocalist Mark Guileda is a damn fine vocalist. I'm sure if he was around singing during the early 80's, all the girlies would have had his poster on their wall and would have cooed longingly while playing their Celtic Legacy vinyl's because he has a voice that seems to sing to you personally somehow. It's great, and powerful. The other standout musicians in Celtic Legacy are guitarists Dave Morrissey and Darren Maher. Both damn fine guitarists, they can both nail the power chords at Celtic Legacy's heavier moments, and play some of the best solos and leads I've heard in years. All of this would be great by itself, but they also add a healthy dose of traditional folk music to the mix, and it becomes some of the most unique and catchy music out there right now. There are tin whistles and violin to be found on here as well, and they are very well played by guest musicians, as well as some acoustic guitars here and there.

The version of "Resurrection" that was sent to me is a 2 CD Special Edition version. The second disc is just as good as the first disc, in my opinion, and the songs here seem to be even folkier, which is a good thing to this folk metal fan. All of the tracks are older demo tracks and new remixes of older songs, and it's kind of neat to see the progression the band has made over the years. "The Lonesome Boatman" is a phenomenal song, and there's also a song on here called "You Want It? You Got It!" that involves a lot of chickens...

The production of the album is great. Recorded in a small studio in Dublin, "Resurrection" sounds like it was recorded in a big studio with a big budget behind it. That just goes to show that a band can get a great sound out of their album without spending a million dollars on recording and production fees. The acoustic guitar sound is phenomenal on this album. It sounds like someone's playing in my room when they are playing.

The packaging of this album is great. The cover is kind of bland, but it has Celtic knots so I'm happy with it. Also, the booklet has not only the lyrics, but a lengthy biography of the band, as well as some stories of the trials and tribulations the band endured to get this album out. There is also some Celtic artwork adorning every page, and a pretty cool painting done by Catherine Morrissey, who I'm willing to bet is related to guitarist Dave Morrissey somehow. There's also some nice photo collages of the band at play and at various live events.

One thing I have to mention is how I admire the determination of this band, and some of its fans. Before "Resurrection" was released, the bands founder, Dave Morrissey, wasn't sure if he could make a go of the album. He found some musicians, but had spent all of his money making previous albums. One German Celtic Legacy fan named Vladimir Hrubik took it upon himself to help out in any way he could. He had Dave send some CD's of Celtic Legacy's first album, and when those sold out, he ordered more, and more and so on. Aside from that, Vladimir persuaded enough people to pre-order "Resurrection" so that the band had enough money to go in and record it. Yep, he got fans to pre-order it before it was even recorded! Who says one man can't make a difference? If it wasn't for Vladimir, we may never have gotten to hear "Resurrection" at all, and that would have been a shame. So thanks, Vladimir Hrubik wherever you are! I can also tell the band is dedicated too, because with the promo of "Resurrection" they sent me some really professional promo info papers recalling the bands career and also giving some reviews from other webzines. Most bands stick a promo in the mail and call it good, adding this other stuff so a reviewer can see it is very applaudable and shows me that they care a great deal about their band. I've also heard that their persistence has paid off in that a record label has recently shown interest in signing them. I hope they do get signed, because they deserve to be.

In closing, I'd like to suggest that anyone that call themselves a metal fan go and pick up "Resurrection" as soon as possible. Whether you are a fan of 70's hard rock, 80's metal or are a fan of the current metal scene, you'll find something worthwhile in the music found on "Resurrection". Having a running time of over one hour is a big plus that a lot of potential buyers may like, too. One last thing... I've heard that the press and people in Celtic Legacy's home country of Ireland haven't yet come around to Celtic Legacy's music so far. What are you guys waiting for? Get up of your ass and give them a chance! You won't regret it!


With a name like Celtic Legacy, you'd probably assume this band to be of the European power metal type heavily influenced, both in lyrics and music, by the myths and history of the Celts. What the band offers on their sophomore album Resurrection is instead a solid slab of melodic metal in the tradition of Iron Maiden, Dokken, and Def Leppard. There are occasional Celtic references, such as the wonderful instrumental "Slóidephuch Dóin" and in the lyrics of "Children Of The Sky" (the band's rendition of The Children Of Lir, a saga from Irish mythology), but overall the disc is just good ol' classic metal.
The riffs and leads of co-founder Dave Morrissey and guitarist Darren Maher are top-notch throughout the album. "Live By The Sword" serves as the opening showcase for their talents, as the crunchy riff is simple yet catchy and the solo is quite expressive. The title track is by far my favorite of the album, and clocking in at over 10 minutes it's also the most epic. Right away the lads hit you with the addictive melody that carries through the tune. The anthemic, Irish-inspired riff is uplifting and haunting all at once. Vocalist Mark Guildea traverses his awesome range faultlessly, delivering an emotionally gripping performance which envelops you in the lyrics and heightens the mood created by Morrissey and Maher, whose twin-guitar harmonies are noteworthy and well-executed. Lyrically, "Resurrection" speaks of the reunification of Ireland - at least that's my interpretation - which I suppose for me makes the song a little more emotionally weighty. Celtic Legacy have outdone themselves with this highly dramatic piece. Another favorite of mine is "Slóidephuch Dóin", a guitar-driven instrumental track with distinct Irish flavor. This quick-paced little rocker will get your head to bangin' and your foot to stompin'. "Shine" first appeared on Celtic Legacy's debut album, but I am not familiar with that version so am unqualified to offer comparison. It is, however, a track where the bass of co-founder Dave Baylan comes to the fore and carries the song in tight synchronicity with drummer Stephen Cash. The choruses are excellent as well, hinting at the band's significant AOR influences. The heavy, chugging riff of "Emania - Shadows Of The Moonlight" brings to mind the works of Deep Purple and Rainbow, while the flute interlude lends a traditional Irish ambience.

The story behind the making of Resurrection is just as intriguing as the music itself. In 2001, Celtic Legacy was over as a band because of the lack of support shown by metal fans in Ireland and abroad. A fan in Germany, however, took it upon himself to personally launch a fundraising campaign to finance the reformation of the band and the recording of a new album. Thanks to his tireless devotion, Celtic Legacy reformed and created this wonderfully produced gem of metal. Now that's supporting the underground!

Ray Dorsey

CELTIC LEGACY – “Resurrection” 2CD ’03 (Private, Ire)

Wow. What an unexpected, unlikely & wonderful journey has led to the release of this lavish disc, which at this time is wedged permanently in my CD player.

CELTIC LEGACY is a metal band from Ireland. Their 1st CD from a couple years ago grabbed me hard. The melodies & power found there reminded me of vintage Riot & Purple. Sadly, due to the hideous, popular musical environment, the album didn’t take off & the band sorta came apart. Guitarist/main-man Dave Morrissey was not ready to quit, nor was bassist Dave Boylan. Still, as I learned from Dave M., while they had a wealth of material for a 2nd C.L. effort, bringing this to fruition was going to be a daunting, maybe impossible task. Not only was finding the musicians who were good & committed enough going to be a total bitch, so was locating a label to get behind the project. This music didn’t sound like Creed or some other sh*t, so why would a U.S. label care? It didn’t sound like Hammerfall or Blind Guardian, so why would a European label blink? Morrissey was a bit despondent over the prospects & yet somehow, an idea began to form. Taking a page out of prog-band Marillion’s book, CELTIC LEGACY presented their fans from the 1st album with the chance to finance the record themselves and…they did it!!!

Amazingly, the results are in and the oh-so appropriately-titled “Resurrection” is a finished product that, just in it’s professionalism, reduces most big time products to shreds. Just the booklet here is a virtual tour de force, including not only the full song lyrics & a detailed story about the album’s making, but also such cool features as a write-up from the mother of the late Phillip Lynott! And, speaking of Philo & Thin Lizzy, the music here is truly beyond awesome.

Picking up where CELTIC LEGACY’s debut left off, this one then totally eclipses it! With riffs that fire from the double guitars of Dave M. and Darren Maher, visions of Lizzy themselves spring up in the Celtic-inspired metal onslaught, as well as the aggression & melody of something like Riot’s “Innishmore.” Just listen to songs like “Live By The Sword” & “Children Of The Sky,” not to mention the wondrous “Shine.” In a world that was fair, this would get top-billing on rock radio around the globe, so catchy & powerful is it’s chorus alone. And then, be stricken by sheer epics in the forms of the 8 minute “Emania – Shadows Of Moonlight” and the 10 minute title cut. If that weren’t enough, feel the emotion cut through you as the strains of the beautiful ending ballad “When A Stranger Comes” slowly subside in your speakers. This is the summit of melodic metal, crowned by the commanding new vocal presence of Mark Guildea. All I can say, if nobody knew who this guy was, they will after listening to his spell-binding work on this CD…as will they by the Mark Reale-level guitar work of Morrissey & Maher.

CELTIC LEGACY are kings of their genre right now (and just about all music, in my opinion!) and this “Resurrection” indicates a long life ahead!!! NOTE: The initial pressing of “Resurrection” includes a blistering bonus disc composed of alternate versions, rare trax, demo recordings, etc. that all totally kick ass. What a Godly package!!!

West Side Dave

Ever wonder what would`ve happened if the late, lamented Phillip Lynott had taken songwriting duties for Maiden during the "Powerslave" sessions? Well, neither have I, but if you ever DID wonder what such a union would sound like, I got two words fer ya; Celtic Legacy! [BTW, it`s Celtic with a "K" sound, NOT "Selltic"! Some of the confusion may stem from the fact that there`s an American basketball team called the Boston Celtics, where they pronounce it "Selltics". Got it straight now?] "Resurrection" is the Irish band`s second release; their first album came out in 1997, and is long out of print. [well, not QUITE, as I`ll explain in a bit!;)] Since that early release, the band fell apart leaving guitarist/keyboardist Dave Morrissey and bassist Dave "Slim" Boylan to start from scratch. Fortunately for us, the Dave`s soldiered on [with TWO guys named Dave in the same band, how can you miss?] and set about rebuilding the band, which now includes vocalist Mark Guildea, guitarist Darren Maher and drummer Stephen Cash. From there, the lads worked their collective bollocks off to make their deam a reality [for more on this incredible struggle, check out the band`s website!] So was it all worth it? Anyone who`s heard at least one track from this album will scream "YES!!!!"! Stylistically, it would be a GREAT disservice to the band to simply label them as "Irish Power Metal". Think of what Big Country might have sounded like if they had gone the Euro Metal route, and you`ll have a FAIRLY good idea of what Celtic Legacy are about. But there`s MUCH more! The band wear their Irish heritage on their sleeves, and it permeates each and every track. This definitely AIN`T the Irish Rovers! Traditional Gaelic influences collide with crunching guitars, searing twin-leds, soaring vocals and a monstrous rhythm section to create a unique blend of Irish Hard Rock rarely heard since the days of Gary Moore`s "Wild Frontier". [although the tunes are more on the traditional Metal side of things] I suppose you`re waiting for me to give you a track-by-track rundown, or point out the "choice" cuts; well, forget it! There`s no WAY I can single out a particular song on an album loaded with nothing BUT great songs! If pressed, however, I can point to the awesome title track, as well as "Shine". [this songs has a killer chorus that, in a perfect world, would ensure it Number #1 hit status worldwide] Anyone who finds ONE bad note on this album obviously has a tin ear! Sadly, the musical climate in Celtic Legacy`s homeland is in much the same state as the U.S.; pathetic. Why, oh Lord, do all the talented artists have to put in 10 times the work for less than HALF the acclaim, while those with zilch for talent put in half the work and reap ALL the rewards? Ok, I won`t get started! Now, my copy of the album is limited edition: this is a 2 CD set that was available only by pre-order. The second disc features re-worked versions of earlier Celtic Legacy tunes, as well as demo tracks. Other goodies include extensive liner notes, and even a message from Phillip Lynott`s mother!! There`s also a special "Thank You" section in the booklet thanking EACH person who pre-ordered the album, [some guy named "West Side"-something or other is in there...;)] as well as a personalized certificate and a poster, both signed by the band. And just think; this was ALL done WITHOUT any label support, little promotion and sparse media exposure. ["Word Of Mouth" is STILL the best way for our favorite genre!] Yet they have survived trials and tribulations that would crush lesser bands to produce one of THE future classic Metal albums of all time. You read it here first! It would be a criminal act for this band not to reap the rewards their hard work so richly entitles them to. I personally will not rest `til I`ve seen them signed to a label! You can help ensure this by going to their official site and buying the album; tell `em I sent ya! Cheers and many thanks to Celtic Legacy and Vladimr Hrubik for helping me purchase the album; next time I`m back in Dublin, first round`s on me!!

John Grogan

The crashing of thunder leads into the atmospheric keyboards of opener The Fallen. A plaintive celtic melody line brings the track to a close, before a fast riff ushers in Live By The Sword. Spiralling twin guitars lines appear, and then Mark Guildea makes his presence felt. It's immediately apparent that the vocals have improved dramatically from the first album. Guildea is in the same mould as Dickinson and Tate, but with a warmth to his voice that's often lacking in "power metal" vocalists. A real find. Live By The Sword has a great chorus and is a song that would go down really well in a live environment.

Guardian Angel is another fast rocker, with some great melody guitars. Acoustic guitars signal the start of Resurrection which builds from a deceptively simple opener to a truly epic song, with some outstanding vocals from Mark. Children Of The Sky is a very Maiden-esque rocker, but the celtic-themed guitar parts at the end give it a unique Celtic Legacy twist. With a great bass intro by Dave Boylan and a clever time-change in the middle, Timeless has real potential to bring Celtic Legacy to a much wider audience. The cunningly titled Sloidephuch Doin is a well-constructed, powerful instrumental with some excellent guitars. A remake of one of the debut album tracks, Shine benefits from Mark's singing and is generally a lot tighter than the original. Always The Hero is a really powerful rocker in the Lizzy mould, with some more of those classic twin guitar lines. Another long epic, Emania - Shadows Of Moonlight has an awesomely heavy riff and some terrific vocals. The slow mid-section gives Mark a chance to show his diversity. When A Stranger Comes winds the album down nicely, a power ballad with some great lead guitar work.

So, all in all, an excellent follow-up to the debut album. Celtic Legacy know their strengths, but don't overplay them. It would have been easy to make an album consisting entirely of celtic-tinged rockers, but to their credit they've not gone for that approach, producing instead a strong, diverse album to rival any recent "major" rock release.

Looking forward to the next album - hope there's not such a big gap!

David Lyle

First, a preface. For those of old enough to remember buying LPs, one of the major gripes about the cd format was that the artwork was simply 'not the same'. The major downsizing robbed us of the visual impact great LPs had - Wish You Were Here, or Lamb Lies Down for example, didn't seem to have the same presence. I mention this, because before I'd even played a note of this new cd, the band got bonus points for an immaculately presented double cd. A great deal of care has been taken over the 24 page colour booklet, and it contains a load of info from and on the band. Even the black and silver cd label says 'class'.

Onto the music... THE FALLEN is the opener - this atmospheric tone-poem intro with Gaelic tinges lulls you into a false sense of serenity, before LIVE BY THE SWORD: the opening riff and playing on this track would not be out of place on a Dio album - Viv Campbell-style power playing and a good strong melody. Great stuff.
GUARDIAN ANGEL - a good solid rock song, melodically reminiscent (to me at least) of the best bits of late Whitesnake. A really nice touch, the guitars drop back to highlight Mark's lyrics on the early verses. Could have been 'stronger', but still easily makes the grade.
RESURRECTION - A delicate lilting opening builds nicely into this the title track, which features some great Lizzy-style guitar work too. There's a feeling of grandeur to this track, and the floaty synth adds to the atmosphere.
CHILDREN OF THE SKY - I really hope Celtic Legacy have a live light-and-laser-show to do justice to this powerful song! Mark's voice seems to have to work pretty hard sometimes over an intricate and very solid instrumental base, but yet again, there's some great guitar playing.
TIMELESS - a cool bass intro (a RHCP fan by any chance?) leads into what at first might seem to be Celtic Legacy Lite - Don't be fooled! In my mind's eye I can already see the video to promote this song on Kerrang, or any other decent music video channel..... Again, committed chunky guitar playing shines, with good drumming too. I love the classic double-speed beat change halfway through as the whole band builds up the power and momentum. Did Graham Bonnet coach Mark for the climax? (I must have a closer read through the credits.... )
SLOIDEPHUCH DOIN - Well, you can tell that this ain't no love song from the first bar! A power instrumental with some neat breaks and twists. Quality.
SHINE - Fully committed as ever, but.... the verses on Shine seem a little clumsy, and I'm not sure the lyrics 'work' to the drive of the music on this one - that said, the chorus is superbly written/performed and very catchy. This is a song that could not only survive major surgery, but really might thrive in a different format.
ALWAYS THE HERO - I've never been a fan of Iron Maiden, but if they'd had a singer capable of vocals of this quality, I might feel differently....!! Where Shine loses points, this one scores big time. And yeah, theres a bona fide, if brief, 'guitar-hero solo'! This track is one of the best pieces of rock music I've heard this year.
EMANIA - SHADOWS OF MOONLIGHT - Slow down that hard'n'heavy beat and come up with a combination of a whole bundle of Brit heavy rock influences. The vocals on this track are outstanding. A major plus point for this band is that they use dynamics really well, and vary light and shade to make the most of their songs' potential.
WHEN A STRANGER COMES is a perfect example, blending a power-ballad feel to ease the album to a close, contrasting the welcome hard-rock feel to many of the tracks.

The sharp-eyed (and possibly Stephen Cash and Dave Boylan) may have noticed that I have not singled out the bass-playing and drumming. From me, this a compliment. They do not dominate or interfere with the music, they provide the perfect base for it to happen, solidly and unobtrusively. Result! If you've not considered buying this album, then at least check out their website and hear the clips. Without resulting to cliches, this band may not be the finished article, but very obviously have the talent and potential to be big. I like this album, and it's a very welcome addition to my cd-rack. Now, when can I see them live?

The Metal Observer

The latest in the line of fine Irish acts to make me proud of my country's potential for breeding Metal is the mighty CELTIC LEGACY. Having come through much band turmoil since their debut release a few years back CELTIC LEGACY have returned magnificently with the appropriately titled "Resurrection". Believe me now when I say that this is possibly the most essential straight up Metal album that was released in 2003, it is that damn good.
Aside from SCAVENGER and HONEY FOR CHRIST Ireland has been sorely lacking for straight up Heavy Metal bands and while each of the two previously mentioned has their own style CELTIC LEGACY remain uniquely Irish and use that to fuel their music and raise it to new heights to rival anything from the bands I would consider as influential to the CELTIC LEGACY sound.

After the nice keyboard intro "The Fallen" CELTIC LEGACY unleash their blend of Metal with the excellent "Live By The Sword". If you can imagine what you would get if you crossed IRON MAIDEN, MANOWAR and DREAM THEATER with THIN LIZZY and lots of Irish folk influences then you would be thinking of a very strange sound indeed. CELTIC LEGACY however have melded these influences into one vibrant and powerful sound which easily stands with the best of them. "Live By The Sword" contains good Heavy Metal riffing which could easily be found on anything from IRON MAIDEN to MEGADETH, as well as beautifully melodic vocals in the Power Metal vein. Other sections of the song are more melodic and perhaps more Irish and on top of that the song is catchy as hell and sets the standard for the rest of the album.

Perhaps the most impressive feat of this album as that the rest of it does rise to the challenge and each track is as excellent as the last with only a few minor gripes. Picking out standout tracks would be almost impossible. "Guardian Angel" is another good rocking tune, which makes good use of simple keyboard melodies, on top of this is very catchy with a great chorus. Next up is the epic title track "Resurrection". Opening with acoustic guitars and understated keyboards it makes good use of the vocalist's versatility as the Power Metal vocals has been cast aside in favour of a nicer more sedate style. Soon enough though the riffs some in and make great use of the MAIDEN inspired twin guitar attack. Overall this is definitely one of the more memorable tracks on the album which and is in the same vein of some of the better IRON MAIDEN epics and gives the best of them a run for their money. There is a great versatility in this track with excellent riffs and solos and leaves nothing more to ask for!

"Children Of The Sky" is the first of the songs that allows for any complaint. The complaint being the chorus is a little too "poppy" and happy sounding for me. This aside the rest of the song has great powerful riffs which could fit easily with IRON MAIDEN or the masters of Metal MANOWAR. There is that great epic feel to the riffs in the vein of those mastered by MANOWAR with "Hail To England" or even BATHORY on their "Hammerheart" masterpiece. Which this does contain however to make it stand alone is lots and lots of delightful Celtic sounding leads which could easily have been heard on any CRUACHAN album. CELTIC LEGACY however do it even better!

Possibly the best track on the album "Timeless" opens with a much more mellow sounding section with beautiful vocals. However it is not until the distortion kicks in and the simply breathtakingly powerful screams soar through your ears that you know there is something special and indeed "timeless" about this track. It has an amazingly catchy riff, one of the best and most passionate and powerful vocal sections ever laid down by an Irish band and a beautiful melodic solo. This track has the potential to break this band to a huge worldwide audience as it's both radio friendly and lasting. Pure genius.

Following this is another of the more memorable tracks, the instrumental "Sloipephuch Doin". Here lies a nicely paced early IRON MAIDEN styled instrumental only with better riffs and a fantastically Irish feel to the lead guitar which is layered over the traditional IRON MAIDEN rhythms. Also there are enough twists and turns and uses of the twin guitars to keep your attention for the full duration. Unfortunately as this stage of the album CELTIC LEGACY decide to throw in "Shine" which I think is the poorest track on the album. The song itself has good riffs and is a good tune, but it just doesn't live up to the others. Of note however is the fact that this is a rerecorded song which was their first album, therefore this shows a marked improvement in the band's song writing skills. For some reason it reminds me of DREAM THEATER only with an annoying chorus - I think it's really just the too upbeat chorus that puts me off this song as I really can't find any other fault.

"Always The Hero" is a very THIN LIZZY inspired rocker which makes excellent use of the twin guitars. Nicely paced and packed full of excellent riffs this is the surprise package of the album that I feel will be universally loved by everyone. The outro to this is beautifully crafted with its use of traditional Irish instruments to further add to the uniquely beautiful Irish atmosphere. The sharp, heavier, more Metal opening riff to "Emania - Shadows Of Moonlight" interrupts the harmony and jerks the listener back awake from the soothing sounds. This track clocks in at 8 and a half minutes making it the second longest on the album. Its beautiful vocal lines, diversity and great distortion to acoustic interchanges make is another great track, which to me again sounds quite DREAM THEATER inspired. The acoustic middle which is accompanied by some form of flute or pipes is very delicate and beautiful and the vocals fit perfectly, again, showing the great range of the vocalist. The album closer "When A Stranger Comes" is a beautiful power ballad and is a very fitting ending to the album. The later part of the song contains some really beautiful lead work and is a joy to listen to.

There isn't anything else to say now except that with excellent tracks, amazing guitar work (the solos just shred!) and fantastic vocal ability, wonderfully produced and printed professionally there isn't anything more you could expect, or indeed hope for, from the band. If they remain unsigned I will be extremely shocked. Simply wonderful, essential for all fans of THIN LIZZY and good melodic Metal in general.

The Metal Observer

It’s too bad, I can’t write a proper review since some time. To blame is a CD: “Resurrection” from CELTIC LEGACY. This album is that superb, I can’t get it out of my player. I have no ambition to put another, inferior CD into it... But let’s come to the most important thing, the music. I would describe the Metal of this band as Royal Metal. It’s unbelievable, what feeling these Irish guys have for griping songs and catchy choruses. Imagine a mixture of SARACEN, IRON MAIDEN & THIN LIZZY and a dash of THRESHOLD!

Basically, CELTIC LEGACY play simple Heavy Metal with an epic feeling. They integrate their Irish Folk parts that experienced into their sound, even Folk haters won’t have their problems with them. Then they have a first-class vocalist, solely he takes this band to another dimension. To add are amazing twin-guitar solos in best MAIDEN manner... They deliver really big melodies and hooks and the band offers an incredible bombast sound. Their songwriting is ingenious and you won’t believe that this is really a self production. Nearly everything is perfect, from production, packaging, class up to feeling – almost perfect!

The only reason that I don’t give the highest rate, is my hope for a even better work next time (which will be hopefully released on a record label!). Oh, you blind and deaf industry managers, give CELTIC LEGACY a chance! They have an incredible amount of potential!

Grande Rock

Celtic Legacy is a band that’s coming from Ireland and it was formed in late 1997 by Dave Morrissey (guitars/keys) and Dave Boylan (bass). After almost a year they released their debut album, which was financed by themselves. But things didn’t work out very good for the band, as you may think, and that’s why after many changes in the band’s line up, they finally slit up in April 2001. Suddenly in November, a die-hard fan of the band (Vladimir) begun to raise interest for the band in Germany and also, a campaign began to raise funds for a second album of Celtic Legacy! So, after that, the two founder members of the band recruited new musicians in order to record a second album. That’s a brief review about the story of Celtic Legacy. But now let’s go to the music part of the CD, which matters most. I really didn’t know what to expect from the band, although their name proclaims that they are close to epic music. That thought wasn’t wrong at all, cause Celtic Legacy plays traditional heavy metal music with many epic and hard rock elements from song to song. For example the intro of the album “The Fallen” is very atmospheric track which traveling us to mediaeval times where dragons are spitting flames… and then the second track “Live By The Sword” is in the way that the 80’s epic metal songs were and that’s why this song is one of my favourites! Another highlight of the album is the homonymous epicus “Resurrection” which lasts about 10 minutes and it will surely grab your attention! Other songs that you are going to like from this album are the heavy atmospheric “Emania”, the mellow “When A Stranger Comes”, the Maiden-like instrumental “Sloidephuch Doin”, the melodious “Guardian Angel” and the catchy and my favorite one “Timeless” (that song brought on my mind Styx!). To be honest, the production although is very good and strong, I believe that it could have been better especially on the guitars. But that thing won’t mind you at all. The truth is that Celtic Legacy managed to release a very good and heavy album that many bands that have the support of a label cannot and will not ever release! The fans of heavy, epic, hard rock and generally good melodic metal music should not miss, this time, the chance to listen to something really good! The “Resurrection” of the Celtic Legacy has begun!
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