Ritchie Blackmore needs no introduction in the metal world. Creator of one of the most infamous riffs in rock and metal; the riff that sent millions of kids to the store for that Fender Strat. In 1997 he left the rock world behind (sort of) to concentrate on another project started with his (now) wife, Candice Night, to form Blackmore’s Night. Blackmore’s Night is a Renaissance Folk Rock project that has released ten albums to date plus other various compilations and EPs. Their most recent Christmas EP, HERE WE COME A-CAROLING, is a nice little EP to add to your Holiday music collection.
This EP is just for songs and they are mostly traditional carols done in their RenFaire Music style. “Here We Come A-Caroling” is the first song and actually done quite nicely. Acoustic guitars along with Candice Night’s lovely voice sets the mood. Strings and some horn work their way in and this is the most upbeat song on the album. Guaranteed to make you smile. “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” is done in the traditional melody and is acoustic guitars, some flute. “O Little Town of Bethlehem” follows and is not done in the traditional melody but done in their Celtic Folk style with an alternative melody. It’s actually rather nicely done. The EP is rounded off by “Silent Night.” Done in the traditional melody and starting with just Ms. Night and an acoustic guitar, some subtle bass and strings work their way into the mix. Another nicely done version of a beloved song.
I actually think this is a wonderfully done EP. What I love about it is that it’s not over the top metal versions of Christmas favorites and is a great alternative. No, it is not something you can throw on and forget about, it is only an EP. It will make an awesome addition to anyone’s existing Holiday playlist. Hurry…..it was released as a limited edition 10” translucent green vinyl as well as a limited edition CD digipack and digital.