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Celtic Legacy - 2003 Resurrection

Mark Guildea - vocals
Dave Morrissey - guitars, keyboards
Darren Maher - guitars
Dave Boylan - bass, backing vocals
Stephen Cash - drums, percussion

If there was ever a story of persistence and initiative, then this is it. Irish band Celtic Legacy were pretty much dead and buried a year ago. However, thanks to a loyal German fan who worked tirelessly, the band accumulated the funds needed to get their second album recorded. The faith shown by their fans also rekindled the fire in the band. That fire and energy is clearly evident in the fine album we now have: 'Resurrection'. Now, I wasn't sure how I'd react to this album due to the major influence of Thin Lizzy on the band. Unlike most I'm not a fan, and my last experience with a 'similarly inspired band was the absolutely horrible Bailey's Comet. However, on this occasion it is the reverse. Celtic Legacy are fantastic, forging a potent blend of Ten/Pride/Thin Lizzy/Gary Moore styled melodic hard rock with plenty of Irish attitude and traditional melodies. Yes, the Thin Lizzy references are there but are updated and work very well.

The Songs
Once we're past the intro track Celtic Legacy rip it up on the very melodic 'Live By The Sword', which mixes those Thin Lizzy melodies with a melodic metal sound and a very infectious chorus. The quality doesn't let up on 'Guardian Angel', heading into Pride territory and another catchy chorus. The title track is very enticing. The beginning utilises a distinct Irish melody before rocking out. The Irish theme permeates the whole song and sounds great. 'Sloidephuch Doin' is a hard rocking instrumental, while 'Shine' is a superb slab of melodic hard rock with a moody intro, walls of guitars and a fantastic chorus. The most 'Lizzy' sounding track is 'Always The Hero'. Another fine example of how Irish melodies and melodic hard rock sit so well together. 'Emania - Shadows of Moonlight' is an epic track, even sounding slightly prog metal in the riff. There is a lovely flute interlude part way through. Celtic Legacy end things on a softer, Dare-ish note. 'When A Stranger Comes' is acoustically driven with smooth seductive lead work. A great way to finish.

In Summary
It is always nice to hear a story that pulls at the heart strings and gives you a bit of inspiration. With Celtic Legacy you not only get that inspiration but a bloody fine album as well. If you buy directly from the band you can pick up one of a limited 1000 copies that include a bonus disk containing a special acknowledgment by Philomena Lynott. EUR5.00 from each copy sold will be donated by the band directly to the Philip Lynott Statue Fund being commissioned by The Roisin Dubh Trust. Well then, what are you waiting for???

URL: www.celtic-legacy.com

Track Listing:
01 The Fallen
02 Live By The Sword
03 Guardian Angel
04 Resurrection
05 Children Of The Sky
06 Timeless
07 Sloidephuch Doin
08 Shine
09 Always The Hero
10 Emania - Shadows Of Moonlight
11 When A Stranger Comes

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