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Ab Initi

by Serundal

A blend of new age Celtic styles and folk.
Genre: Classical: Medieval
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Album Notes
Fans often tell us that they would like to know more about the Legend of Serundal, and so we have begun work on a trilogy which will tell this magical tale through our music. Here then is Part One..

In the beginning, in the regions to the North there was a land known to all as the Kingdom of Roth. It was ruled by the fair and just Asyndwr, Lord of Roth and his beautiful wife Elene whom he loved more dearly than life itself. For many years it was a peaceful happy place until a great darkness fell upon the people when Elene became stricken by, and eventually died from a strange illness. Then everything changed, Asyndwr became bitter and his anger grew inside him. And because of this, all happiness ceased to exist in the Kingdom of Roth. Even his daughter, Baibre did not escape his wrath.
And so it was that she and her beloved fled from her father’s house to the clearing in the forest which was the gateway to the otherworld known as Serundal. Taking pity upon them, the fairy Queen Mariana took them in and there they would remain for all eternity.
When her father heard of this, his screams could be heard far and wide and to avenge this wrongdoing he pledged his soul to the evil hag Malkin who was soon to cast a spell which would awaken such an evil the like of which had not been seen for a thousand years.
Only Serundal could save the people now…

This album, the first of three, is a rich tapestry of Celtic storytelling and medieval English legend reinventing the ancient roots of storytelling through a mixture of traditional and modern music form. Mysterious and thought provoking it may leave the listener wanting to know what happens next. But then of course there is always Part Two!

May 9th 2007 news update! 'The Storm' from 'Ab Initi' is now number ONE in the top forty Folk Showcase charts on Thank you for your votes.

June 19th 2007 news update don't stop voting! 'The Storm' has made it to the Folk Indie Charts top forty on and is currently number 11. Only 10 and above will move up to the next tier. Thank you for your support. Stream our music on It's really cool!

David King and his wife Maxie make up Serundal. Their new album is a concept about a forlorn king turned evil and his daughter. This music is very soothing and makes for a nice listen. The lead vocals are soft and pleasant and the backing folksy. The epic never feels forced, only unfolds gently.

"The Keening" happily recalls Renaissance and the more ambitious seventies prog era. Serundal are perhaps out of their time but they wear it well. Their album is lovely and deserves a wide audience.

Copyright © 2007 Anna Maria Stjärnell


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Peter J Brown (

Serundal - CD - Ab Initi (The Trilogy - part 1)

Serundal are husband and wife team, David (guitar, bass, keyboards, synth, vocal harmonies, producer and arranger) and Maxie (lyrics and lead vocals) King and this family that plays together certainly know what they're doing!

'Ab Initi' is an extremely well rounded and beautifully relaxing piece of nu-folk. Seemingly, the first part of a trilogy of such works it is, I suppose, what we used to call a concept album based around an unfolding tale based around the Kingdom Of Roth. Serundal create "A Celtic World of Music, Poetry and Magic" that's superbly crafted and blissfully easy to listen to. The album has mildly hypnotic tendencies that carry you away to a different place. If that place doesn't turn out to be (the otherworld known as) Serundal, it'll certainly take you on your own mystic voyage of fantasy and 'otherworld' influences.

'Ab Initi' is seductive and relaxing. It's a longish work with just eight excellent tracks taking up one hour of your valuable time. Listen to this work and it'll be time well spent; let Serundal caress you with their musical dreamscapes, let them take you into their otherworld - the benefits are many-fold. Serundal have composed a richly evocative work here; David's musical composition has the feeling of being truly understanding of what and where Maxie's poetic words have created, he's managed to provide an empathetic backdrop that suggest he's actually walked through her magical landscapes and taken in everything he's seen and experienced. Here is a couple who understand and compliment each other. A couple that are totally on the same wave-length.

Initially I thought that David had over-used the synths a touch but I soon came to realise that it's those synths that help to conjure up the trance-like backdrop that is part and parcel of Serundal's creation. David plays with breathtaking precision and allows Maxie to weave her spell with beautiful diction and stunning sensitivity - it's a massively impressive coming together of two creative forces into one sublime musical entity.

David composes and plays with a depth and sensitivity not unlike some of the best works of Mike Oldfield and Maxie reminds me of a laid back Annie Haslam and Enya Brennan in her ability to get her lyrics across effortlessly and precisely. The Celtic influences are not too far removed from what Clannad did; equally calming and just as easy to listen to. 'Ab Initi' is breathtakingly cool and mind-numbingly passionate - Serundal do a magnificent job here and don't fall into the trap of being self-indulgent even though 'Ab Initi' is their very own mystical creation.

'Ab Initi' is a pleasure to behold; just let it wrap itself around your person, breath in its intoxicating soundscapes, access the magical world of Serundal, sit back and enjoy this for exactly what it is - a beautifully composed and performed piece of lightly Celtic nu-folk - quality through and through - hypnotic, heady and just great entertainment. Impressive stuff from an equally impressive duo - Serundal and 'Ab Initi' could just take over where Clannad left off!

Peter J Brown aka toxic pete (

(Rhythm & Booze rating 10)

Copyright © 2007 Anna Maria Stjärnell

"The Keening" happily recalls Renaissance and the more ambitious seventies prog era. Serundal are perhaps out of their time but they wear it well. Their album is lovely and deserves a wide audience.

Copyright © 2007 Anna Maria Stjärnell