Mael Mórdha

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This article is about the doom metal band. For the Irish king after which the band are named, see Máel Mórda mac Murchada.
Mael Mórdha
Mael Mordha Cernunnos Pagan Fest 2008 03.jpg
Mael Mórdha, 2008
Background information
Origin Dublin, Ireland
Genres Doom metal, Celtic metal[1]
Years active 1998–present
Labels Candlelight, Grau Records, Karmageddon Media, Deasmumhan
Members Stíofáin De Roiste
Gerry Clince
Dave Murphy
Shane Cahill

Mael Mórdha (/ˈml ˈmɔərə/; 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".[2]

History[edit]

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).

The band entered the Irish leg of the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in late 2004 with the aim of entering the finals held in Kiev, Ukraine in 2005.[3]

Mael Mórdha's third full-length album, entitled "Manannán", was released on 14 May 2010, by Grau Records.[4]

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.[5]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Stíofán De Roiste - Vocals, Whistle [6]
  • Gerry Clince - guitars
  • Dave Murphy - bass
  • Shane Cahill - drums

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album
2005 Cluain Tarbh
2007 Gealtacht Mael Mórdha
2010[7] Manannán
2013 Damned When Dead

EPs/Splits[edit]

Year EP
1999 The Path to Insanity
2000 The Inferno Spreads
2003 Caoineadh na nGael
2004 Cluain Tarbh E.P.
2005 Primordial / Mael Mórdha

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Grey, Earl. "Manannan review". Metal Ireland. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  2. ^ "blabbermouth.net - Mael Mórdha To Release 'Manannán' In May - Apr. 19, 2010". Retrieved June 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Mael Mórdha performing on You're A Star". 
  4. ^ Mael Mórdha To Release 'Manannán' In May blabbermouth.net. 2010-04-19. Retrieved on 2010-07-24.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ https://www.facebook.com/maelmordhaofficial/info?tab=page_info
  7. ^ Mael Mórdha: New Album Delayed Until Next Year blabbermouth.net. 2009-09-06. Retrieved on 2009-10-03.

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