Vera : Drenaï happens to be a multi-headed French folk collective which includes Breton influences in their music. They have been around since 2011 and earlier they released a demo and a debut full length ‘Deathwalker’. Their band name was inspired by the well-known fantasy novel of David Gemmell and also their lyrics deal with that topic. Usually they blend their folk sounds with death metal, but this MCD ‘Nadirs’ happens to be acoustic. Many guest musicians from the surrounding folk scène contributed to the thirty eight minutes long disc.
‘Nadirs’ appears to be the prequel of the next full length album, which is completely composed and written by now. It is quite promising. Drenaï brings us something completely different, although it is obvious that you must have an open view for a totally ethnic experience of Breton origin. Due to the absence of any metal sounds on this MCD, I cannot pigeonhole them or compare them to other bands. Maybe Alan Stivell, but that’s not common knowledge for most of the metal fans. Remarkable is that the ‘vocals’ are mainly narrations done by Diego. Sometimes we have typical folky harmony vocals, in ‘Broken Nation’ also a female part. It is not so different from Irish folk now and then, but generally it is dark and melancholic, although there’s few cheerful moments. All in all a very special band with loads of authentic instruments.