Fire in the Head:
Emerald Rose Live
by Emerald Rose
Wow. Just wow.
Emerald Rose is a Pagan band that can really rock, and it shows on this live CD recorded at two shows in Georgia last year. I admit to having a bias against live CDs, both in and out of Pagan music circles; they’re rarely worth listening to, and usually a poorly recorded and engineered throwaway.
Not so Fire In The Head. This well-produced, eminently listenable CD is a great introduction to Emerald Rose’s sound. Powerful, funny, brilliant, Emerald Rose gets kudos for being a really listenable, danceable, and wonderful Pagan band.
Special credits have to go to a few tracks. The ZZTop-meets-the-Mabiginion “Chicken Raid of Cymru” has to be heard to be believed. “Summerland” and “Freya, Shakti” are two of the greatest Pagan hymns — yes, I’ll use that word — I’ve ever heard, and I intend to use them in ritual as soon as I can find the right moment in the Wheel. “Vampire Girl From Orn” is funny as Hel, and has been getting justified airplay on the “Dr. Demento” show. Finally, Emerald Rose’s version of “A Pict Song” is chilling and gorgeous. We should all send copies to John Ashcroft and keep him from sleeping at night.
Fire In The Head is a wonderful piece of work from one of the best Pagan bands out there. It captures their talent and energy perfectly, and should not be missed.
RATING: 4½ Broomsticks
» Originally appeared in newWitch #02
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