Elderoth is a Montreal-based heavy metal band comprised of singer and lead guitarist Collin McGee (a member of the Cree Nation of Wemindji), rhythm guitarist Denis Stoisin and drummer David Gagné. Recently, the band released their first self-titled album.

Although the label “heavy metal” allows people to lapse back into their preconceived notions of the genre, Elderoth is not your average metal band. Throughout the album’s eight songs, Elderoth combines elements of progressive rock, such as backing synth lines and operatic vocals, with metal staples like concussive drumming and virtuosic guitar solos.

Elderoth’s combination of progressive rock and heavy metal works best when one of these genres comes to the forefront. The chugging guitar riffs during the choruses of Fallen are one of the purest metal moments of the album and refer back to a time when Iron Maiden captured the heavy-metal zeitgeist. Forgotten is built upon a returning guitar riff which turns into an expansive and technically impressive solo at the song’s end.

Elderoth’s progressive tendencies create some of the more orchestral moments on the album. The intro to In the Rain is a catchy synth hook that wouldn’t be out of place in a club. Cursed has a dreamy epic synth and vocal intro which transitions smoothly into frantic guitar work and drumming.

Overall, Elderoth’s album is a strong first release and who knows what the future will hold for this band.

For more info: elderoth.com