demo Cain Da Breth -3-track demo- (CZ,2007)****
This Czech quartet has so far only recorded three tracks (which you can hear on myspace), but they sounded so promising I preferred to give them a short review on my pages. The front cover of the demo is a bit confusing, because it all looks a bit Celtic, but just in case any categorizations would be a bit too lazily made in that direction, the group immediately says in the introduction they would prefer a categorization like ‘acoustic doom metal’. With a name like from front lady "Damonica", and with Samuel Hain’s past in doom metal bands also this association is understandable, but does not span their expressions.
The first song is a more happy nature song about the moon. A bit of violin, tambourine and guitar accompany this. The second track sounds a bit more medieval in melody, with more dual vocals and a larger violin introduction. Also here, moon and magic spells is in the imagination. Damonica’s voice is fresh and clear and will always give lightness and feminine purity to no matter what dark associations creeps into the corners of each song. The last beautifully sadder song is arranged well with some extra guitar by guest guitarist Jan-Matej Rak.
Cain Da Breth consists of Damonica, on vocals and acoustic guitar, who has a masters in archaeology. After having sung with metal band Katharsis she founded her own, acoustic group, with Samuel Hain. He sings and plays percussion. Originally he studied economics, but quickly he devoted himself to drumming. He mostly played with doom metal bands, but toroughly tried other genres too like jazzrock, blues, psychobilly,... Lenka Kavalova is a classically trained violincellist with a master degree in musicology. During her career she was part of different orchestras and ensembles, and still is part of Flores De Praga with one CD in 2004. Her interest outside classical music brought her to this band. Vaclav Polivka started very young as a choir boy, then studied violin, with a specialisation in Slovak folk music. For ten years he was a member of the Karmina Ensemble. Then he played Irish folk with Irish Dew, beside participating with chamber-music ensemble projects. He also is part of the Chorea Bohemica Ensemble and the band Jagabab, specializes in gothic and renaissance music. Here he plays mostly violin, viola and flute.