Death Of The Celts

Dentura

Invader
This song is great, one that had me hooked from the first listen. I can't get enough of Harris' acoustic/bass intros, very reminiscent of songs like The Clansman, but in a good way. It also gives Bruce a break from the higher end of singing by letting him use his middle range throughout which sounds just as great. When the heavier section starts, Bruce gets buried in the mix which has a tendency to throw me off but it gets better in a bit. I love the middle section when Celtic melodies are employed and the bass gets pushed up in the mix, sounding almost like a fourth guitar. Some lovely synth work to build up a sense of atmosphere as well. It's a really cool song all around.
 
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Oregano

Nomad
The Celtic Rose is considered a symbol of purity of the heart. In general, the Rose has been associated with the Virgin Mary, sometimes called the “Holy Rose”. In Celtic mythology, rosettes were associated with the sun and the Celtic solar god. Thus, the rose symbolized both heavenly perfection and earthly passion.
Thanks man! Very interesting
 

Kalata

Out of the Silent Planet
I like how part of the ''Celtic'' melody in the outro (around 9:12) is different to the melodies in the intro - great little melody.

Actually, the intro of this song is one of my favorites in the album (along with the intro in the title track, LIALW and Hell On Earth).
 

srfc

Ancient Mariner
I like how part of the ''Celtic'' melody in the outro (around 9:12) is different to the melodies in the intro - great little melody.

Actually, the intro of this song is one of my favorites in the album (along with the intro in the title track, LIALW and Hell On Earth).

Yep bass sounds fantastic in that intro.
 
This is my attempt at creating a bass tab for "The Death of the Celts". As far as I'm aware, this is the first bass tab anyone has put together for this song. I stand by my previous comments that this is Harris's most interesting and challenging performance since at least 2000. Corrections are welcome (I'm confident I got all the main parts, but I'm sure I missed some subtleties and variations).

0:00 - 0:10 - Riff 1 (acoustic bass)
G|-----9---7---9-------5-7--------------|-----9---7---9-------5-7--------------|
D|---7---7---7---7---5-----5-----7---7--|---7---7---7---7---5-----5-----9---9--|
A|-0---------------------------5---5----|-0---------------------------7---7----|
E|--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|

0:10 - 0:21 - repeat Riff 1
G|-----9---7---9-------5-7--------------|-----9---7---9-------5-7--------------|
D|---7---7---7---7---5-----5-----7---7--|---7---7---7---7---5-----5-----9---9--|
A|-0---------------------------5---5----|-0---------------------------7---7----|
E|--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|

0:21 - 0:36 - Riff 2 (acoustic bass)
G|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
D|---10-10-10-10-10-9-5-7----10-10-10-10-10-9-12-|---10-10-10-10-10-9-5-7----10-10-10-10-10-5-7--|
A|-0-----------------------0---------------------|-0-----------------------0---------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|

0:36 - 0:50 - repeat Riff 2
G|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
D|---10-10-10-10-10-9-5-7----10-10-10-10-10-9-12-|---10-10-10-10-10-9-5-7----10-10-10-10-10-5-7--|
A|-0-----------------------0---------------------|-0-----------------------0---------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|

0:51 - 1:13 - repeat Riff 1 twice
G|-----9---7---9-------5-7--------------|-----9---7---9-------5-7--------------|
D|---7---7---7---7---5-----5-----7---7--|---7---7---7---7---5-----5-----9---9--|
A|-0---------------------------5---5----|-0---------------------------7---7----|
E|--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|

G|-----9---7---9-------5-7--------------|-----9---7---9-------5-7--------------|
D|---7---7---7---7---5-----5-----7---7--|---7---7---7---7---5-----5-----9---9--|
A|-0---------------------------5---5----|-0---------------------------7---7----|
E|--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|

1:13 - 1:27 - Riff 3 (acoustic bass)
|---------------------------(3x)|
G|---9---9-10-9-7---9--9---7-----|----------------------------------|
D|-7---7----------7--7---5---5---|---5---5---5---5-----------7---7--|
A|-------------------------------|-3---3---3---3-----5---5-5---5----|
E|-------------------------------|-----------------3---3------------|

1:27 - 1:41 - repeat Riff 3
|-------------------------(3x)|
G|---9---9-10-9-7---9--9---7---|----------------------------------|
D|-7---7----------7--7---5--5--|---5---5---5---5-----------7---7--|
A|-----------------------------|-3---3---3---3-----5---5-5---5----|
E|-----------------------------|-----------------3---3------------|

1:41 - 1:54 Riff 4 (acoustic bass)
|------------------------(3x)-|
G|---9-9----9-9-|---7-7--------|----------------------------|
D|-7--7---7--7--|-5--5----7-7--|---5-5---5-5-----------7-7--|
A|--------------|-------5--5---|-3--3---3-3-----5-5--5--5---|
E|--------------|--------------|--------------3--3----------|

1:55 - 2:08 repeat Riff 4
|------------------------(3x)-|
G|---9-9----9-9-|---7-7--------|----------------------------|
D|-7--7---7--7--|-5--5----7-7--|---5-5---5-5-----------7-7--|
A|--------------|-------5--5---|-3--3---3-3-----5-5--5--5---|
E|--------------|--------------|--------------3--3----------|

2:08 - 2:22 repeat Riff 3
|---------------------------(3x)|
G|---9---9-10-9-7---9--9---7-----|----------------------------------|
D|-7---7----------7--7---5---5---|---5---5---5---5-----------7---7--|
A|-------------------------------|-3---3---3---3-----5---5-5---5----|
E|-------------------------------|-----------------3---3------------|

2:22 - 2:34 Riff 5
(The main verse riff - nice and simple)
G|------------------|------------------|------------------|5--------7-------|
D|------------------|------------------|------------------|5--------7-------|
A|-0-000-00-----5-55|-0-000-00-----5-55|-0-000-00-----5-55|3-333-33-5-555---|
E|---------3-33-----|----------3-33----|---------3-33-----|-----------------|

2:35 - 2:48 repeat Riff 5
G|------------------|------------------|------------------|5--------7-------|
D|------------------|------------------|------------------|5--------7-------|
A|-0-000-00-----5-55|-0-000-00-----5-55|-0-000-00-----5-55|3-333-33-5-555---|
E|---------3-33-----|----------3-33----|---------3-33-----|-----------------|

2:49 - 3:01 play Riff 3 (this time on electric bass)
|---------------------------(3x)|
G|---9---9-10-9-7---9--9---7-----|----------------------------------|
D|-7---7----------7--7---5---5---|---5---5---5---5-----------7---7--|
A|-------------------------------|-3---3---3---3-----5---5-5---5----|
E|-------------------------------|-----------------3---3------------|

3:01 - 3:26 play Riff 5 twice
G|------------------|------------------|------------------|5--------7-------|
D|------------------|------------------|------------------|5--------7-------|
A|-0-000-00-----5-55|-0-000-00-----5-55|-0-000-00-----5-55|3-333-33-5-555---|
E|---------3-33-----|----------3-33----|---------3-33-----|-----------------|

G|------------------|------------------|------------------|5--------7-------|
D|------------------|------------------|------------------|5--------7-------|
A|-0-000-00-----5-55|-0-000-00-----5-55|-0-000-00-----5-55|3-333-33-5-555---|
E|---------3-33-----|----------3-33----|---------3-33-----|-----------------|

3:26 - 3:39 play Riff 3 (again on electric bass)
|---------------------------(3x)|
G|---9---9-10-9-7---9--9---7-----|----------------------------------|
D|-7---7----------7--7---5---5---|---5---5---5---5-----------7---7--|
A|-------------------------------|-3---3---3---3-----5---5-5---5----|
E|-------------------------------|-----------------3---3------------|

3:40 - 4:04 Riff 6
(Not sure about this one - the bass is pretty low in the mix here)
|---------------------(4x)-|
G|--------------------------|
D|--------55----------------|
A|-0-007-7---3-335-555-320--|
E|--------------------------|

4:05 - 4:17 Riff 7
|---------------(3x)-|
G|--------------------|-5---------7----------|
D|--------------------|-5---------7----------|
A|-0-202-320-0-202----|-3-333-333-5-555-555--|
E|----------------353-|----------------------|

4:17 - 4:42 repeat Riff 7 twice
|---------------(3x)-| |---------------(3x)-|
G|--------------------|-5---------7----------|--------------------|-5---------7----------|
D|--------------------|-5---------7----------|--------------------|-5---------7----------|
A|-0-202-320-0-202----|-3-333-333-5-555-555--|-0-202-320-0-202----|-3-333-333-5-555-555--|
E|----------------353-|----------------------|----------------353-|----------------------|

4:42 - 4:58 Riff 8 (play the riff below 4x)
G|-----------------------------------------|
D|---7-91097---7-91097---7-91097---45754---|
A|-7---------7---------7---------5---------|
E|-----------------------------------------|

4:58 - 5:13 Riff 9 (play the riff below 2x)
G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
D|---------------777-------------|---------------777-------------|
A|-7-777-999-777-----777-999-540-|-7-777-999-777-----777-9997-57-|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

5:14 - 5:27 Riff 10 (play the riff below 2x)
G|-------------------11-12-14-|-14-14-14-12-11---12-11-----11------------------|
D|----------11-12-14----------|------------------------14-----14-12--14-12-11--|
A|-12-12-12-------------------|------------------------------------------------| (continued)
E|----------------------------|------------------------------------------------|

G|-------------------11-12-14-|-14-14-14-11-11-11--12-11--------|
D|----------11-12-14----------|--------------------------12-14--|
A|-12-12-12-------------------|---------------------------------|
E|----------------------------|---------------------------------|

5:28 - 5:42 Riff 11 (play the riff below 2x)
G|-------9-----7-----9-----|-------9-----7-----9-|-------9-----7-----9-----|------7-----7--------|
D|---7-9--9-7---9-7----7-9-|---7-9--9-7---9-7----|---7-9--9-7---9-7----7-9-|---5-7--7-5---5---7--|
A|-7-----------------------|-7-------------------|-7-----------------------|-5--------------5----|
E|-------------------------|---------------------|-------------------------|---------------------|

5:43 - 5:57 repeat Riff 9
G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
D|---------------777-------------|---------------777-------------|
A|-7-777-999-777-----777-999-540-|-7-777-999-777-----777-9997-57-|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|

5:58 - 6:11 repeat Riff 10 (play the riff below 2x)
G|-------------------11-12-14-|-14-14-14-12-11---12-11-----11------------------|
D|----------11-12-14----------|------------------------14-----14-12--14-12-11--|
A|-12-12-12-------------------|------------------------------------------------| (continued)
E|----------------------------|------------------------------------------------|

G|-------------------11-12-14-|-14-14-14-11-11-11--12-11--------|
D|----------11-12-14----------|--------------------------12-14--|
A|-12-12-12-------------------|---------------------------------|
E|----------------------------|---------------------------------|

6:12 - 6:25 Riff 12 (repeat 4x)
G|--------------------------|
D|--------------------------|
A|-0-00000-00000-0000-------|
E|-------------------3-333--|

6:26 - 6:39 Riff 13 (repeat 2x)
(Not sure of exactly what Harris is playing. It's C and D root notes with some basic ascending & descending fills after)
G|-------------------555-----|---------------777---------|
D|-----------333-555-----555-|-----------777-----777-555-|
A|-3-333-333-----------------|-5-555-555-----------------|
E|---------------------------|---------------------------|

6:40 - 6:54 play Riff 10 (play the riff below 2x)
G|-------------------11-12-14-|-14-14-14-12-11---12-11-----11------------------|
D|----------11-12-14----------|------------------------14-----14-12--14-12-11--|
A|-12-12-12-------------------|------------------------------------------------| (continued)
E|----------------------------|------------------------------------------------|

G|-------------------11-12-14-|-14-14-14-11-11-11--12-11--------|
D|----------11-12-14----------|--------------------------12-14--|
A|-12-12-12-------------------|---------------------------------|
E|----------------------------|---------------------------------|

6:54 - 7:21 play Riff 5 twice
(A bit faster here, and with more power chords for emphasis)
G|------------------|------------------|------------------|5--------7-------|
D|------------------|------------------|------------------|5--------7-------|
A|-0-000-00-----5-55|-0-000-00-----5-55|-0-000-00-----5-55|3-333-33-5-555---|
E|---------3-33-----|----------3-33----|---------3-33-----|-----------------|

G|------------------|------------------|------------------|5--------7-------|
D|------------------|------------------|------------------|5--------7-------|
A|-0-000-00-----5-55|-0-000-00-----5-55|-0-000-00-----5-55|3-333-33-5-555---|
E|---------3-33-----|----------3-33----|---------3-33-----|-----------------|

7:22 - 7:49 Riff 14 (repeat 2x)
G|-9-------7---------|-9-------7---------|-9-------7---------|-5---------7----|
D|-9-------7---------|-9-------7---------|-9-------7---------|-5---------7----|
A|-7-777-775-55-0-00-|-7-777-775-55-0-00-|-7-777-775-55-0-00-|-3-333-----555--|
E|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------333------|

7:49 - 8:03 play Riff 11 (repeat 2x)
G|-------9-----7-----9-----|-------9-----7-----9-|-------9-----7-----9-----|------7-----7--------|
D|---7-9--9-7---9-7----7-9-|---7-9--9-7---9-7----|---7-9--9-7---9-7----7-9-|---5-7--7-5---5---7--|
A|-7-----------------------|-7-------------------|-7-----------------------|-5--------------5----|
E|-------------------------|---------------------|-------------------------|---------------------|

8:04 - 8:17 Riff 15 (repeat 2x)
G|----------------------------9-9-9-9-------------------------|
D|--11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11--7-7-7-7--9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
A|-9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|

8:18 - 8:46 Riff 16 (repeat 4x)
(Same as above, up three semitones - there may be a variation I'm missing at the end)
G|----------------------------12-12-12-12-------------------------------------|
D|--14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14--10-10-10-10--12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|
A|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12---------------10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10--|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

8:47 - 9:03 play Riff 8 (repeat 4x)
(Slow down during the final repetition)
G|-----------------------------------------|
D|---7-91097---7-91097---7-91097---45754---|
A|-7---------7---------7---------5---------|
E|-----------------------------------------|

9:06 - 9:28 play Riff 4 (except play the first part 5x instead of 3x)
|------------------------(5x)-|
G|---9-9----9-9-|---7-7--------|----------------------------|
D|-7--7---7--7--|-5--5----7-7--|---5-5---5-5-----------7-7--|
A|--------------|-------5--5---|-3--3---3-3-----5-5--5--5---|
E|--------------|--------------|--------------3--3----------|

9:28 - 9:47 play Riff 3 (a bit slower than before)
|---------------------------(3x)|
G|---9---9-10-9-7---9--9---7-----|----------------------------------|
D|-7---7----------7--7---5---5---|---5---5---5---5-----------7---7--|
A|-------------------------------|-3---3---3---3-----5---5-5---5----|
E|-------------------------------|-----------------3---3------------|

9:48 - 10:00 play Riff 1 (a bit slower than before)
G|-----9---7---9-------5-7--------------|-----9---7---9-------5-7--------------|
D|---7---7---7---7---5-----5-----7---7--|---7---7---7---7---5-----5-----9---9--|
A|-0---------------------------5---5----|-0---------------------------7---7----|
E|--------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|

10:01 - 10:16 play the following variation on Riff 2:
G|------------------------------------------------|
D|---10-10-10-10-10-9-5-7-----10-10-10-10-10-5-7--|
A|-0------------------------0---------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------|
Fade out on the ringing A
 
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Aled666

Prowler
I think subject matter this feels about 1600 years before William Wallace, as I said above, the lyrics remind me of the sentiment of the Dying Gaul, it definitely feels like it's a fight against the Romans.
It can't be about that period as the song says many times the word "God", they were druids, pagans when the Romans invaded (as were the Romans back then) so it would have been "Gods".
I'm from the last druidic stronghold in the UK, Anglesey so I know quite a bit about that period haha.
So I HOPE it's about the war against the English a thousand years ago or so, a continuation of The Clansman as they're not usually historically inaccurate.
 

UpTheIrons

Educated Fool
It seems likely to me that, if it refers to a specific time period at all, the song is set during the Anglo-Saxon conquest of Britain, where the indigenous Britons were defeated in what would become England, though they remained in power in Wales and Scotland.

The population of Britain after the collapse of the Roman Empire was predominantly Celtic, but Christian which would explain the references to God in a monotheistic sense. The invading Anglo-Saxons on the other hand were pagan at the time, though they would later become Christian.
 

Ascendingthethrone

Educated Fool
I enjoy listening to this song on headphones. The guitar work in the intro is really intricate and Dave is adding a nice harmony part to the bass at one point.
 
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