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Celtic Rocks

by Fathom

Celtic Fantasy Rock. A unique blend of traditional Celtic melody and the pure thunder of rock and roll, destined to musically innovate, as well as energize the jaded masses. Electric mandolin, guitar, Irish (Uilleann) pipes, drums & bass.
Genre: Rock: Celtic Rock
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1. King of the Faeries
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2. Mystery
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3. Foggy Dew
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4. Ireland
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5. Prelude to a Whiskey
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6. Whiskey in the Jar
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7. Give it to the Wind
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8. Pigeon on the Gate
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9. Back Home in Derry
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10. Banshee
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11. Stone in the Field
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12. Battle of Ballylochlan
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13. The Two Towers
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14. Wild Rover
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Celtic Rocks" is a fourteen-song collection of both original and traditional Irish instrumentals with Fathom's signature and technically intricate, hard rock & progressive Celtic sound. Fathom's first album with cover art by famed Fantasy artist Ken Kelly (painter of Kiss: Destroyer & Love Gun, Manowar, Rainbow, Coheed & Cambria album covers)

With a unique blend of traditional Irish melody and the pure thunder of rock and roll, Fathom is destined to musically innovate, as well as energize the jaded masses. "Why play live if you're not going to bombard people with an intense and powerful show?"

Fathom boasts an energetic live show that will give any heavy metal band a run for its money. "Traditional Celtic music reaches down into people's souls and shakes them and says 'wake up, its time to dance, shout and have a good time', declares lead singer/songwriter John DiBartolo.

Fathom's songs and sound explore landscapes of Celtic myth breathed through modern and traditional instruments. Their newly self-released CD "Celtic Rocks" follows their critically acclaimed "Pollution Blues" CD and mixes the elements of modern rock guitar and drums with the traditional Celtic sound of mandolin and Irish Pipes for a truly unique sound. Poetic lyrics meander through history, myth, and weighty spiritual topics to the primal theme of lost love.

John Farrell, a virtuoso of the mandolin and violin, has been playing since the age of four. His mastery of traditional Irish music is a driving force in Fathom's sound. Farrell states, "Irish and classical music was all I played growing up. I'm really excited to be able to assimilate traditional Irish music in a non-traditional sense with the band."

"Fathom has broken the boundaries of the traditional Celtic music scene. We have exposed ourselves to mainstream rock audiences by playing shows with diverse and classic artists such as Hot Tuna, Jason Bonham, Tom Tom Club, as well as folk legends like Fairport Convention and then the whole gamut of Celtic giants such as the Wolfe Tones, Black 47 and others", notes drummer Gary Tourigny.

There are no boundaries for Fathom's musical pursuits. All forms of music have traditional roots and Fathom draws its creative juices from a deep source. "Music needs to be progressive and at the same time tip its hat to the past. Fathom wants to bring intricate Celtic melody to the rock fans and rock to the Celts", concludes bassist Erich Roelofsen.


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Weston

Fathom RAWKS!!!
This CD is AWESOME! U get just what you think, great celtic music mixed with rock! I LOVE IT!!!

Weston

Fathom RAWKS!!!
AWESOME CD!!! You get just what you think you will with this cd, Celtic music mixed with ROCK! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!

Rob

Very, Very good cd. I loved it.
This is a awsome CD. I loved it. Very, very, very good. I loved Ireland and well all of it. Fathom Rocks is exactly what Fathom does!

Roger Evans

MINSTREL WARRIORS!!!
Let me just say that this is one of the best CD's I have heard in a very long time. These guys are pure energy wrapped in a kilt brandishing swords and mandolins. As soon as a Fathom song comes on it makes me want to hoist a pint and march across a windswept moor in search of villians to slay! These guys are a phenominon!

Christopher Becker

Celtic Rocks
I want to thank everyone there at CD Baby, and of course Fathom. You guys are a force to be reckoned with. I saw you guys at an Irish Pub last St. Pattys Days and I truly enjoyed the music, plus you paid homage to a few of the greats. Thanks guys for the fast shipping and care of the cd that will be one of my long time favorites.

Heren Istarion

Celtic Rocks by Fathom
Originally published on the site of N.E. Tolkien Society, Heren Istarion here:
http://herenistarionnets.blogspot.com/2010/10/celtic-rocks-by-fathom.html

Monday, October 11, 2010
Celtic Rocks by Fathom

All too often, whenever I’ve come across an album reputed to be “Celtic Rock”—I’m turned off by a sea of synthesizers & quasi-Enya like tones. So, to be honest, despite the charm of lead singer John DiBartolo—and the fact that I really enjoyed his work with The Lonely Mountain Band—Beyond the Western Seas (see our forthcoming review)—I had my doubts. Until I listened to this album. And listened…and listened...and listened again.

I’m happy to report, the nightmarish scenario of synthesized beats of “Danny Boy” sung in GlamRock fashion have been wiped from my mind.

I have only one caveat. This album is highly addictive. Once you listen, you’ll find yourself humming the tunes all flipping day.

Celtic Rocks isn’t merely a few Celtic tunes played at high speeds on guitar either. While there are great renditions of “Whiskey in the Jar” and “Wild Rover”—two of my favorites, Fathom is taking a unique approach to the music. If I had anything to compare them to—it would have to be Black Sabbath—and specifically Sabbath from “Sign of the Southern Cross” (Dio on vocals for Mob Rules)and a bit of Tyr). Of all the bands that I’ve listened to over the years, Sabbath has a distinctive balance which allowed each element of the music to have equal importance. The drums and bass weren’t of lesser importance than the vocals and lead guitar. In my experience, this is a rare ability—and I find it here in this album. There’s a brilliant powerful symmetry here—and anything that so masterfully blends bass guitar with a mandolin and Uilleann Pipes is amazing.

Fathom’s work is exceptional and highly recommended. Check out this album & Fathom's other work at http://www.fathomband.com/store.html

-- Jessica Burke