Review from Forgotten Path Magazine; Issue 6

Posted by Nick Skog on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Under: Album Reviews
From: Forgotten Path Magazine; Issue 6
Published: November 2014

This band is a typical Black Metal project. Its history is a hundred times told story - from the very beginning it was a one-man project, after a half-year a drummer had joined and they have been playing for four years, releasing one demo and two albums... Besides that, their photos are taken in the forest and in concerts (I mean, where else could they have been taken?) and the lyrics about nature and emotions, which have already become a rule for the bands affected by the Cascadian region’s stage; moreover, everything is boxed up into greatly poetical song titles.

Such boring notices do not fade away after setting the CD to play. They have everything that is obligatory to every modern Atmospheric Black Metal band, which points to the large waters and because of that, they are never tired of sweetening the fans of lighter music and especially, the admirers of Agalloch - I mean, clear vocals, plenty of dreamy, light and trite infixes of Post-Rock, also, beautiful guitar solos (well, actually, they are borrowed from the above mentioned band) or the main melancholic melody, which is sometimes brought to the fore for enhancing the mood. Still, there is nothing that could be described as particularly suggestible - the band doesn’t follow like a sheep to create the mentioned Cascadian sound, they refuse the peculiar atmosphere, which would form a clear and smooth picture at least; moreover, they never sink in the vogue waters of Blackgaze or the much darker present world of Agalloch. Thus, they try to maintain a balance and a bright core of common Atmospheric Black, but this balance seems to be interesting just from the first sight, perhaps, if you haven’t listened to Atmospheric Black Metal before, Obsidian Tongue will leave a perfect impression, but for the headbangers of such music there is nothing to do here as the band doesn’t provide us with anything new. What’s more, the music is performed somehow tamely, spiritlessly and elongated, though it doesn’t overstep the border of one hour.

Rating: 5/10
Reviewed by: Bloodie

In : Album Reviews 

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