One of my special gems is the self production “Thunderride“ by German Metal band CERIDWEN. Why the quintet around singer Micha Ela Lützner couldn’t get a deal with their songs, remains a mystery. Maybe because 1994 honest Heavy Metal was as dead as it could be and no label was willing to invest a penny into this, our music? Thanks to HAMMERFALL it went off 3 years later, but too late for CERIDWEN. A pity for this great band.
The music of the combo could roughly be filed between BACKSLASH and EMERALD (Switzerland), simple Heavy Metal with good ideas, a lot of freshness and good catchiness. At first the melodies sound relatively unspectacular, but really catch up on you. The song structures are clever like the dog in the yard, which lets the mailman in, but not out anymore. Meaning: The whole thing sounds relatively harmless at first, but then just won’t leave your ear anymore and is a lot of fun.
A big plus of the CD also is the natural, naïve-charming voice of Micha Ela. There are a lot of highlights, such as “The Union“, which could have stood on AXXIS’ “Kingdom Of The Night“ or “Renegade”, which sounds a lot like THIN LIZZY in the beginning (still no cover version). Or “Fireday”, a mix of Celtic folklore and HEART’s “Barracuda”. Not to forget “Lords Of Darkness”, a driving Rocker with great guitars and an equally great chorus.
I cannot really detect any weaknesses on this album, even the packaging and production are exemplary. (Online April 27, 2004)