Cellar Darling – “The Spell”

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Aug 072019
 

Some time last year I searched the internet for female-fronted metal bands. The results included Nightwish, Dark Sarah, Arch Enemy and Cellar Darling. From those, Cellar Darling had me the most curious. I read that they had incorporated such curiosities as the hurdy-gurdy in their songs, and because I have a taste for lute and other baroque instruments I took a listen. I should have persisted longer, allowing the whole of “This Is The Sound” to make an impression on me. Unfortunately, “Avalanche” is all I remember now. I cannot say why, but One More Time’s song, “Highland” came to mind at the time. Despite what you might think, this is a good thing. It seemed to me that Cellar Darling were bringing something other than operatic vocals to melodic metal. I still have this impression, listening to “The Spell”.

Prepare yourself to listen intently to this album. A girl enters a stark, unforgiving world. She encounters Death, and falls in love. She weaves a spell to bind him to herself, and follows him into the underworld. I was not prepared for this story, and still I remain conflicted. Both Anna’s voice and the band’s music serve the story, and I am filled with a deep sorrow when I listen to a song like “Hang”. “Burn” is another favourite, and I agree that Cellar Darling have a progressive sound – one that is not necessarily driven by intricate guitar passages or changes in time signatures that are impossible to repeat. There is enough grit to satisfy the metalhead, but “The Spell” is so much more. I appreciate the peaks and troughs where, after you experience the dread of entering a netherworld with the character you are given reprieve by floating in the embrace of a halcyon sea. These impressions will stay with me for a long time. Continue reading »

May 232019
 

Cellar Darling — who feature in their ranks former Eluveitie members Anna Murphy (vocals, hurdy-gurdy), Merlin Sutter (drums) and Ivo Henzi (guitars, bass) — checked in with the following:

Today, we are excited to announce the first set of headline dates in mainland Europe for our ongoing “The Spell” World Tour! We can’t wait to see you this fall in France, Germany, Czechia, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

Witness our concept album “The Spell” live on our newly announced European shows in October and November 2019.

To celebrate the occasion, we are also releasing the next video from our concept album The Spell: Once again, Costin Chioreanu created beautiful visuals, this time for the song ‘Pain’. Continue reading »

Feb 272019
 

On March 22nd, Switzerland’s Cellar Darling will release their new concept album The Spell, which tells the story of a girl who falls in love with death, and of course, the Swiss high flyers are more than ready for an extensive new touring cycle.

Whilst the dark prog rockers have already announced their own UK headline tour, they will now also be joining doom pioneers Katatonia their 10 year anniversary tour for “Night Is The New Day“. Catch the band in Luxemburg, Germany, Belgium and the UK in this fine company on these new dates: Continue reading »

Jan 192019
 

After surprising their fans with “Insomnia”, the proggy and mad first single from their upcoming album, Swiss progressive folk rockers Cellar Darling — who feature in their ranks former Eluveitie members Anna Murphy (vocals, hurdy-gurdy), Merlin Sutter (drums) and Ivo Henzi (guitars, bass) — have dropped a brand new song and have finally announced long-awaited details about their new release. Their second studio album will be a concept album titled “The Spell” and it will arrive on March 22 via Nuclear Blast.

Commented Cellar Darling: “As some of you have discovered already, over the past 13 days, we have revealed the tracklist of our new album, along with amazing artwork created by Costin Chioreanu, who is also behind all of the beautiful animated videos for the new songs.

“The 13 tracks of ‘The Spell’ invite you to witness the journey of a girl who falls in love with death. In the song released today, a spell has been cast on our protagonist — for now, her love shall go unfulfilled…”

‘The Spell’ title track can be streamed below. Continue reading »