Mael Mórdha

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Mael Mórdha
Mael Módhra Live 2008
Mael Módhra Live 2008
General information
Genre (s) Death Doom , Celtic Metal
founding 1998
Founding members
Roibéard Ó Bogail
Current occupation
Vocals, piano, tin & low whistle
Roibéard Ó Bogail
Gerry Clince
Electric guitar
Anthony Lindsay
Electric bass
Dave Murphy
Shane Cahill
former members
Electric bass
John McGee
Cathal Murphy
Electric guitar
John Rogan

Mael Mórdha (pronounced: Mail Moor-ah) is a Death Doom and Celtic Metal band from Dublin , Ireland . The band describes their style as "Gaelic Doom Metal".


Mael Mórdha was founded in January 1998 by Roibéard Ó Bogail (ex-singer of Dreamsfear ). A year later, the band's first EP , The Path to Insanity , was recorded. The Inferno Spreads followed just a few months later in the spring of 2000 . Shortly thereafter, the two guitarists of the band got out, for whom Gerry Clince was the only guitar player to rejoin the band. In the years that followed, the band gained a certain degree of popularity in their home country through numerous appearances in Ireland. After several bass player changes during this time, the band found a permanent new member in the Pagan Reign bassist Dave Murphy.

Thanks to the two successful EPs Caoineadh na nGael and Cluain Tarbh , the Danish label Karmageddon Media signed the band. The debut album Cluain Tarbh was finally released on September 12, 2005. An alternative version of the theme song was released on a split LP together with Primordial by Sentinel Records in the winter of 2005. In 2005 Mael Mórdha applied for the Irish preliminary round of the Eurovision Song Contest with the aim of performing for Ireland at the final in Kiev , Ukraine .

Due to serious internal problems, which also affected the distribution of the album, Mael Mórdha canceled the contract with Karmageddon and switched to the German label Grau Records in February 2006 . On March 19, 2007, the second album, Gealtacht Mael Mórdha, was released . The title means something like Mael Mórdha's battle madness . The debut album was re-released in 2008 by Grau Records including two bonus tracks from the EP The Path to Insanity , which was released in 1999 . Over the years the band has also played at several larger concerts and festivals such as Abbeyleix Metalfest (1999), Day of Darkness (2003, 2004, 2007), Bloodstock Open Air (2006), Heathen Crusade II ( Saint Paul , USA - 2007), Doom Shall Rise ( Göppingen - 2007) and Dutch Doom Days ( Rotterdam - 2007).

The third album, Manannán , was released on May 14, 2010.


The music of Mael Mórdha can be assigned to Doom Metal . Influences from other genres such as progressive metal or traditional Irish folk complement the musical concept. The vocals are both clear and croaky, with a tendency to growl . The lyrics of the songs keep the " mystical and bloody past of Ireland". The band is compared with Primordial , My Dying Bride , Cathedral and Paradise Lost, among others .


Studio albums

  • 2005: Cluain Tarbh
  • 2007: Realtight Mael Mórdha
  • 2010: Manannán
  • 2013: Damned When Dead


  • 2005: Primordial / Mael Mórdha (split EP with Primordial )


  • 1999: The Path to Insanity
  • 2000: The Inferno Spreads
  • 2003: Caoineadh na nGael
  • 2004: Cluain Tarbh EP

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Archived copy ( Memento of July 10, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  2. a b c d e Mael Mordha ( Memento of the original from September 2, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. ,, accessed February 2, 2013 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. Mael Mórdha appearance on "You're A Star" . Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  4. a b c d e Gunnar Sauermann: Review: Mael Mórdha - Gealtacht Mael Mórdha . In: Metal Hammer , July 2007 edition , Axel Springer Mediahouse München GmbH, Munich 2007.
  5. Manannán Release Date , April 6, 2010, accessed February 2, 2013.
  6. a b c d Sebastian Kessler: Review: Mael Mórdha - Manannán . In: Metal Hammer . Edition July 2010, Axel Springer Mediahouse München GmbH, Munich 2010