Hailing from Athens, Greece and formed in 2003, SACRED BLOOD quickly established themselves as a unique epic metal band through the use of traditional folk instruments in their music. Each of the band’s albums is clearly distinguished by a theme revolving around Ancient Greece. This time we’re dealing with Argonautica and the myth of the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts to retrieve the Golden Fleece.
The use of folk instruments such as Irish bagpipes and the bodhran as well as female choir vocals and narrations in Ancient Greek take the music of Sacred Blood to a completely new dimension making it a most interesting and pleasing listen.
The album features a number of guest appearances including Nicholas Leptos (WARLORD, ARRAYAN PATH), Kyriakos Vasdokas and Leon Tsorbatsoglou (CROSSWIND) and Vangelis Yalamas (FRAGILE VASTNESS). Uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes) and the bodhran performed by Sir Andrew Mc Pleary.
released April 13, 2015
"I have to say, not since the early days of Blind Guardian has something sounded so epic and so much fun while doing it!"
True Metal Lives (8.5/10)
An absolutely beautiful composition through and through. The riffs and melodies are so tight and well crafted, with soaring lyrics that pull the whole story together. When I first heard Across the Ancient Dessert, I stopped what I was doing and my heart skipped a beat. I think it encapsulated every emotion I had reading the Chain of Dogs for the first time. That series means something special to me. I was already loving the album, and this song sold me immediately. This is really worth a listen. barleybase