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Mael Mórdha, 2008
|Genres||Doom metal, Celtic metal|
|Labels||Candlelight, Grau Records, Karmageddon Media, Deasmumhan|
|Members||Stíofáin De Roiste
Mael Mórdha (/ /; Irish: [ˈmˠeːlʲ ˈmˠoːɾɣa]) is a doom metal band from Dublin, Ireland. Its name can also be written in traditional Irish typography, as Mael Mórḋa. The band's music melds doom metal with Irish folk music to create what has been referred to as "Gaelic doom metal".
Mael Mórdha was formed in January 1998 by Roibéard Ó Bogail (formerly the vocalist of the band Dreamsfear). On the strength of the band’s last two EPs, Caoineadh na nGael and Cluain Tarbh, the band was signed to Dutch label Karmageddon Media which released the band’s first album, Cluain Tarbh on 12 September 2005. An alternative recording of the album title track was released on a limited edition 7 inch vinyl split with their fellow Irishmen Primordial, through Sentinel Records in the winter of 2005.
Due to severe internal problems within Karmageddon and a lack of availability of the album, the band left the label and signed to Grau Records in Germany in February 2006. Gealtacht Mael Mórdha is the band's first album to be released through Grau Records, on 19 March 2007. In 2008 their debut album was re-released by Grau Records with two additional tracks previously recorded on the band's first EP, The Path to Insanity.
The band has played the Abbeyleix Metalfest (Ireland - 1999), Day Of Darkness (Ireland - 2003, 2004, 2007), Bloodstock Open Air (England - 2006, 2013), Heathen Crusade II (Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States- 2007), Doom Shall Rise, (Göppingen, Germany - 2007) and Dutch Doom Days (Rotterdam, The Netherlands - 2007).
Mael Mórdha's third full-length album, entitled "Manannán", was released on 14 May 2010, by Grau Records.
Between November 2011 and January 2012 Mael Mórdha recorded their fourth album at Foel Studio in Wales, with producer Chris Fielding. Entitled Damned When Dead, the album was released by Candlelight Records in September 2013.
In January 2014 Roibéard Ó Bogail left the band. He was replaced by Celtachor vocalist/whistle player Stíofán De Roiste in October of that year.
- Stíofán De Roiste - Vocals, Whistle 
- Gerry Clince - guitars
- Dave Murphy - bass
- Shane Cahill - drums
|2007||Gealtacht Mael Mórdha|
|2013||Damned When Dead|
|1999||The Path to Insanity|
|2000||The Inferno Spreads|
|2003||Caoineadh na nGael|
|2004||Cluain Tarbh E.P.|
|2005||Primordial / Mael Mórdha|
- Grey, Earl. "Manannan review". Metal Ireland. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
- "blabbermouth.net - Mael Mórdha To Release 'Manannán' In May - Apr. 19, 2010". Retrieved June 2010. Check date values in:
- "Mael Mórdha performing on You're A Star".
- Mael Mórdha To Release 'Manannán' In May blabbermouth.net. 2010-04-19. Retrieved on 2010-07-24.
- Mael Mórdha: New Album Delayed Until Next Year blabbermouth.net. 2009-09-06. Retrieved on 2009-10-03.