Ally the Fiddle probably is one of the cutest and most talented artists in
the folk-rock genre. She has already proven her terrific abilities on the
violin when she played with Haggard, now she strikes out on her own with her
The album clearly can be
classified as folk, but it still appeals to die-hard metal fans. She mixes
proficient violin playing with the classic sounds of the e-guitar. The first
song “Catharsis” sounds like Irish folk and rouses pictures of dancing men
with headbands á la Michael Flatley. But I still like it and I want to hear
more of it.
“Glenglass” is a Scottish
song, which is very quiet and makes you think or even dream. But “The
Manson's Apron” and “Days of Thunder”, which are definitely faster, awaken
you from that tranquil mood. The last song convinces not only with the great
violin part, but also because of the really cool guitar parts.
Until the 5th song “Red Unicorn” I thought
the whole album was purely instrumental. But the song starts with a tale,
that is accompanied by violin music. After having now listened to the whole
album, I have to say that it will be one of my favorites, because it is
really different to the usual rock or metal albums. I think, this album is
highly recommendable and I can only advise you to buy it, so that you can
form your own opinion. For me, Ally coins a new music genre, the
instrumental folk metal.