Posted by Nick Skog on Monday, November 5, 2012 Under: Album Reviews
From: Pure Nothing Worship Magazine
Published: September 15, 2012
Published: September 15, 2012
Primal's abundance with the rich, vast nature inspired sounds never ceases. Throughout the album a vast array of instruments is used - wooden flutes, guitars, bodhran, violins, accordions, synths, tambourine, field recordings and much more, even things such as sticks and stones.
The songs offered are melancholic, mid tempo, with acoustic guitars and ambiental sounds closely entwined throughout. The first half of the album is slower, focusing more on the ambiental sounds, and slow, simple acoustics, as shown in the first track, Hour of the Wolves. The next few songs follow in the same way, some oriented more towards ambient, some towards acoustics. From the fifth song, the sound gets much more energetic with more folk elements and vocals, and an even richer, stronger sound. The album's sixth track - Lakewood, shows perfectly that difference from the first half - a strong and folky song, with some moments resembling sounds of native american culture - primarily the timpani and the wooden flutes, maracas and some chanted vocals. This song, as well as the larger part of the album, evoke wondrous atmosphere, a feeling of the forest in the night, and the ritualistic singing beside the fire. The following song, eponymously titled Old Forgotten Lands, is somewhat simpler, with dynamic acoustic guitar and synths being the dominant part, alongside the vocals, but nonetheless a great and inspiring track.
Death of an Estranged Earth, the eight song, adds accordions to the whole mix and offers a slower folk song, with a slower tempo and a nostalgic, depressive feel. A longer song, running at fifteen minutes, it's second half focuses less on the accordions and more on the flutes. The last couple of minutes are ambiental and dark, and offer a great conclusion to the song, and a good introduction to the next track, Risen Tide. Risen Tide breaks the pattern with an astonishingly desolate and crushing atmosphere, conveyed through a simple chord, paired with samples of crushing waves and thunder, which work perfectly at delivering that hopeless, negative sound. The final, tenth track - Atop the Mystic Mountain differs from the rest of the album and is largely a melodious synth work, with some flutes and is somehow largely reminiscent of the synth dreamscapes from the nineties, which in my opinion can only be a good thing, and adds something a bit diferrent to the whole album.
Primal is exactly that - a primal recording, returning to times long gone, when nature ruled over man. A rich and evocative, complex sound, achieved with simple instruments, it perfectly conveys the feeling of primeval times when man was ruled by nature. If you like this sound and genre, don't miss this.
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In : Album Reviews
Tags: old forgotten lands primal elan o'neal ambient folk world dark black atmospheric