With the power to fully materialize the embodiment of a philosophic, sentimental, and reflexive poetic tenure, sidelined by colorful and conceptual harmonies, an experimental spirit of technical enhancement has perfectly introduced into Laochra’s debut album the genuine soul of the cultural and spiritual elements of the old ancestral times. With the graceful presence and enchantment of folk instruments, like flutes and whistles, an atmosphere of tenacious influence, vitality, curious fascination, splendid glory and marvelous wisdom is completely evoked, as the lancinating and palpable tissue of the music amazingly creates all the majestic components necessary to conceive the precise nature of the work.
With beauty, intensity, authenticity and splendor, Home and Heart is an album whose title perfectly exemplifies the spirit of its intentions: to sonorously recreate the home and the heart of the ancestral mythological Celtic culture, and through the power of its vociferating, but smoothly poetic emanating melodic tissue, transport the listener to a world of reverberating and vivaciously conscious beauty, corroborating through the vigorous force of the music the sensorial rescue of the visceral power of a culture that will never die, and should always be celebrated in all elements of its vital force.
Sonorously splendorous, intense, truthful to its essence, and formidably genuine, in spiritual, musical and technical procedures, Home and Heart, in each and every minute of it, proves itself to be a vigorous and reverberating cornerstone of folk metal music. With special mentions to the first, sixth and seven tracks – My Homeland, Home and Heart and The Deception of King Rythian, respectively – this record is a masterful and glorious work of art, that really captures and perfectly reproduces in a greatly expansive sonorous reality all the essential elements of the genre. Home and Heart deserves to be highlighted as a vibrating and fundamental work, destined to be fully understood, appreciated and to become a reference in the genre, in the years to come.