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American Forest Metal Scene

You know, bands like Ukraine's Drudkh and Hungary's Forest Silence like to get all fancy with their love for mother nature's creations but neither country has a scene devoted to the forest, ocean, mountains, etc. Until we come to America. Of course. Wolves in the Throne Room is to blame for this atmospheric tree hugging madness that sees all the corpse paint washing away with the celestial rainfall. Key traits of this northern state based style include plenty of acoustic interludes, occasional clean vocals that pine for the simpler days of prehistoric man, shaman rituals, a raw but aggressive black metal base, and post-rock/drone elements. As a farmer myself, I'm a sucker for these kinds of bands, not just for their Captain Planet gimmicks but because they make for a good soundtrack when plowing up beds and growing vegetables like my ancestors did. Here's 11 bands I know of that fit the bill.
1Wolves in the Throne Room
Diadem of 12 Stars


Ahh," the band" that kicked the American scene in the balls and since then became a hipster's wet dream.
2Agalloch
Pale Folklore


Yet Agalloch has been around since 1995 playing a melodic folky, doomy, post rockish meets black metal when things were not as alive and well as they were now.
3Blood Of The Black Owl
A Feral Spirit


Black/funeral doom with a flute and shaman vocals. Pretty cool. We no longer see, the forests... The trees no longer speak, to us... The birds have ceased to sing... We wear the skins... Of the carrion fowl...
4Njiqahdda
Yrg Alms


8 EP's and 3 full lengths. In 2010 alone. This band is relatively sound from what i've heard . Atmospheric Black Metal/Psychedelic Rock/Ambient is their prescribed sound.
5Oaks of Bethel
The Folk and the Ground


Same guys as above. Everything they release is a 1 track 50 minute recording. Drone-ish with annoying vocals harrowing in the background.
6Panopticon
Collapse


Lyrics have nothing to do with raising the pagan forest army to kill the English king but the acoustic guitars and atmospheric sound definitely fit the bill. It is not a Christianality theme, it is fictional, but no religion in the music, it is Okay, it is funny, do you need some coffee from a Christian coffee shop?
7Echtra
A War for Wonder


2, 23 minute tracks of gloomy melancholy and a monkey ripping off your face keyboards to heaviness ratio.
8Falls Of Rauros
Hail Wind and Hewn Oak


Heavier than previous band with acoustic guitars layering the onslaught to man's inevitable fall. A slight depressive slant. Good shit.
9Celestiial
Where Life Springs Eternal


Ball crushing funeral doom with running streams of water, chirping birds and somber yet uplifting acoustic melodies that remind one of the journey's of the Legend Of Zelda:Ocarina of time.
10Skagos
Ast


sup WITTR. One of the better bands here. Good singing.
11Fauna
Rain


One 60 minute track. Opens with rain, acoustic guitar and fourty minutes later it erupst into black metal.
12 All in all
Pretentious yet dynamic black metal which loves accoustic guitars and somber tones.


With the amount of floods, and oil spills, fucked up weather patterns, tsunamis, and the melting of the Arctic, it's safe to say we're doomed to die a slow and painful death. However, it's not too late to get in on the action and reedem yourselve before the waves obliterate your town into nothingness.
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