Mystic Forest - Waltz In The Midst Of Trees

2 de nov de 2008

















Mystic Forest - Waltz In The Midst Of Trees

Melodic, Romantic Black Metal, France
Full-length, Sacral Productions
November 2002

Waltz in the Midst of Trees is a harrowing experience of the beautiful and elegiac, setting the listener into a rich forest, but painfully stripping away all of its last beauty.

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Striborg/Xasthur - Striborg/Xasthur

31 de out de 2008

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Striborg/Xasthur - Striborg/Xasthur

Striborg

The other half of this album comes from Sin Nanna, who seems to have gained a lot of attention recently. The drumming sounds less machine like, and more existent than the Xasthur side. Of course the guitars sound even more distorted then Malefic’s usual noise, but it adds to the ever popular depressive black metal fell. Sin Nanna changed his vocals a bit, which was a relief, gone is the distorted howling from Nefairia (that made him sound more like a Xasthur clone), instead he performs the vocals with a nice distorted black metal rasp.

Xasthur

Malefic has been known for creating a totally unique depressive sound. The use of heavy turned keyboards among a massive sea of distortion, machine tempo drumming and his trademark vocal howl are all present here so Xasthur fan’s can still rejoice. “A Tortured Shallow Grave” doesn’t sound as dark as some of his other works, instead it sounds more atmospheric. He adds in some kind of wind sound effects (I’m not sure if this was done with keyboards or not), to make it more somber sounding.

In terms of a split, both bands produce a nice atmosphere so you don’t get a contrast of styles. This release will get cult status really quickly due to AKR’s marketing strategy, and I expect that it will soon be swallowed up by the legions of black metal fans everywhere. Both bands produce a nice offering, which should tide me over until I can get my hands on the new albums. I recommend this for everybody, especially if you are looking for an introduction to either band.

Original review at http://www.metal-archives.com/

Xastur - Black Metal, USA
Striborg - Black Metal / Ambient, Australia

Split
, Autopsy Kitchen Records
June 2007

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Paysage d'Hiver MySpace Songs

28 de out de 2008

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Paysage d'Hiver

Spacial, surrealistic black metal, Switzerland

I always wandered why Pd'H myspace songs have better quality than those demo tapes on rapidshare. Anyway, never mind, I'm posting them here.

MySpace Songs:

Easy-Share: Paysage d'Hiver - Schnee II
Easy-Share: Paysage d'Hiver - Schnee III
Easy-Share: Paysage d'Hiver - Kraft
Easy-Share: Paysage d'Hiver - Welt aus Eis
Easy-Share: Paysage d'Hiver - Eintritt in die Sphaeren
Easy-Share: Paysage d'Hiver - Ewig Leuchten die Sterne