With a style described as Celtic Metal, Northern Ireland's Darkest Era actually strike me as a fairly traditional metal band with only slight Celtic leanings. On this 7 inch, the influence of Celtic music seems to reflect itself mainly in an epic storytelling vibe and a bit of delicate acoustic guitar, rather than anything more overt like fiddle or bagpipes. With only two songs (one a reworking of an older tune), there's not much insight into the band's unique traits, but everything is done competently and tastefully. A full-length of new material will tell us more. Still, well worth checking out, and a good example of Cruz Del Sur's knack for unearthing new twists on trad metal.