Formed in 2013 by violinist Katrien, Cathubodua took their name from an ancient Gaulish war goddess, who is half raven, half woman. That indeed brings us right into the pagan history of our regions, which musically translates in a collection of battle-anthems, folk melodies and neoclassical arrangements. This debut ep contains a 'prelude' and four excellent symphonic metal songs, guaranteed to get your gothic metal ass shaking. Welcome to distorted medieval Belgium, I would say.
What strikes me most about this album, is the fact that the whole thing didn't start with metal. Katrien is a violin player who started composing these symphonic elements and formed a metal band around them. I don't know the musical background for the rest of the band members but they seem to perfectly fit in with the plan. Vocalist Sara surely sounds like she is either pretty talented or enjoyed a great deal of vocal training, combining operatic style singing with a decent dose of metallic vocal power.
And the guys? Well, they simply do their job and rock as hard as they can, highlighting in the blasting 'S.P.Q.R.' and the complex closer 'Imperium Solis'. That being said, I don't know exactly who came up with the whole concept of this band, including the medieval clothing and the epic cover art by Jelle Van Loo, but it all fits perfectly together. I am sure that Cathubodua are a force to be reckoned with in the near future. It won't take long before they will start conquering the Summer Darknesses, Castle Fests and every genre related festival all over the old continent.