Woods Of Desolation Stream
2014-01-16 by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR | 61 Comments

Australian black metal band have just made their full 2014 record, "As The Stars" available for streaming via Stereogum.

http://www.stereogum.com/1626052/stream-woods-of-desolation-as-the-stars-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/album-stream/

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2014

17196 Comments


Well, shit. This is perfect.

ShadowRemains
January 15th 2014

20230 Comments


insta-2 from noctus lol

Hawks
January 15th 2014

34344 Comments


Gotta check this.

Digging: Equilibrium - Erdentempel

Relinquished
January 15th 2014

24407 Comments


jeez what a sourpuss

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2014

16242 Comments


Good record, I like it quite a bit. Sounds more melodic than Torn Beyond Reason, and kind of sounds like what Deafheaven would be if they weren't so lame and actually listened to more metal.

Kris.
January 15th 2014

12146 Comments


this is amazing guys

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2014

16242 Comments


I wouldn't go that far

Relinquished
January 15th 2014

24407 Comments


kris wouldn't know any better let him express his bliss

Kris.
January 15th 2014

12146 Comments


well ya i don't really know much about BM (finally starting to get an ear for it) and i belong to the crowd that thinks Sunbather is a goddamn delight so we're gonna have differing opinions

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2014

17196 Comments


I know better and I think it's incredible. I know being a metal fan is all about how much more metal you can be than everyone else, but fucking christ, this record is everything I want out of a newer style atmospheric black metal record.

Relinquished
January 15th 2014

24407 Comments


there u go feel empowered

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2014

17196 Comments


The condescension runs deep in this one...

Relinquished
January 15th 2014

24407 Comments


wasn't towards you

Kris.
January 15th 2014

12146 Comments


guys i listened to hvis lyset tar oss last night and i actually GOT it

like
thats big for me
so
yeah
fuck off im gettin there

Relinquished
January 15th 2014

24407 Comments


kris check out vordr

Kris.
January 15th 2014

12146 Comments


ok will do

ShadowRemains
January 15th 2014

20230 Comments


listen to dm biatch

TheSlenderMan
January 15th 2014

606 Comments


Kris, you're one step closer of becoming a militant white supremacist. Congratulations.

Kris.
January 15th 2014

12146 Comments


http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0d7AKBW5MQ4/TyNHvzplSKI/AAAAAAAAAqI/oAFVOXnEuGc/s200/kip-dynamite-yes.gif

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2014

16242 Comments


I think I like Torn Beyond Reason better.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2014

17196 Comments


I like Towards the Depths the most. I think the really clear and up front drums on Torn Beyond Reason detract from the atmosphere. I'm more of a fan of drums being lower in the mix and hidden behind the production rather than being placed on top.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2014

16242 Comments


Oh Towards The Depths is definitely his best record by a pretty big margin. As The Stars feels a lot like Torn Beyond Reason but with a bit more of an upbeat mood. It's good but I think he is better at expressing the moods found on his first two a lot more effectively.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2014

6931 Comments


I don't think Noctus will 2 this

Hawks
January 15th 2014

34344 Comments


I wouldn't be surprised. Gotta love him though....

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2014

16242 Comments


too late

he 4.5'd Torn Beyond Reason so no idea why he doesn't like this

none
January 15th 2014

1100 Comments


and 2.5'd towards the depths lol

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2014

17196 Comments


I don't understand Noctus' ways, but more power to the dude haha

none
January 15th 2014

1100 Comments


he sucks

Hawks
January 15th 2014

34344 Comments


2.5 for Toward the Depths is pretty upsetting....

none
January 15th 2014

1100 Comments


The condescension runs deep in this one...


jesus christ poor joke recognition skills 101

ZippaThaRippa
January 15th 2014

2415 Comments


This band makes me feel so happy and free. I think I might be broken.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2014

18005 Comments


mite czech

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Futures
January 15th 2014

7648 Comments


will czech

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zaruyache
January 16th 2014

5848 Comments


he 4.5'd Torn Beyond Reason so no idea why he doesn't like this


Because the production is god-awful. The opening riffs of the first song are almost painful to listen to because of that mixing. It's a good album, but the way it sounds is inexcusable.

Digging: Sunwolf - Beholden To Nothing And No One

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014

6931 Comments


The production's great. The mixing not so much. Sorry Zaruyache, i saw the stream and I guess the Contrib tag helps push it through. (although I don't know you actually had your article up first).

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2014

18005 Comments


production is fine

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2014

18005 Comments


wow this autumn light might be the best bm song ive heard in a very long time

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014

6931 Comments


It works for me m/

AdolfChrist
January 16th 2014

1710 Comments


damn, this is actually kind of uplifting.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014

8738 Comments


didn't like this album, sorry :]

all of the good aspects of this album were done better in the last album for me

had this album for a few weeks and it hasn't grown at all

shame too because i adore torn beyond reason

Because the production is god-awful. The opening riffs of the first song are almost painful to listen to because of that mixing. It's a good album, but the way it sounds is inexcusable.


yeah, bingo. this isn't even 'raw' production - someone just turned up the treble all the way for no reason. i wish shit like this didn't bother me but it totally does.

Digging: Mournful Congregation - Concrescence of the Sophia

dbizzles
January 16th 2014

274 Comments


This is sick.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014

8738 Comments


i hear a lot of grey waters in this too (depressive rock project of one of the guys) and i was never keen on that either

TheSlenderMan
January 16th 2014

606 Comments


Grey Waters is a pretty cool band, I would like to hear more from them.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014

8738 Comments


really wish i was liking this album as much as everyone else ]:

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2014

18005 Comments


i guess its a testament to the power of the subjectivity of perception but this is some of the best BM production ive heard in a long time. very well executed wall of sound aesthetic while all the instruments have room to breathe amid the noise wall.

maybe its cause im listening to it on high quality gear?

xenocide.
January 16th 2014

1187 Comments


love this album

zaruyache
January 16th 2014

5848 Comments


Grey Waters were able to make really great feelings, but their songs were just way too repetitive. Seemed like every song was structured the same way and revolved around the same formula, which got old really fast. Individual tracks are great, though.

Sorry Zaruyache

hehehehe I was kidding. No harm done bro

climactic
January 16th 2014

18314 Comments


that album art rules, will listen soon

Multifarious
January 16th 2014

97 Comments


Cover art is gorgeous. I'll have to spin this later.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014

19434 Comments


hmmm. haven't heard these guys but stoked to check

Digging: Musk Ox - Woodfall

climactic
January 16th 2014

18314 Comments


youd love em atari, get towards the depths too

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014

19434 Comments


will do, thanks mang

climactic
January 16th 2014

18314 Comments


this is really great. anyone who liked sunbather has no reason to not check this out

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014

6931 Comments


Admittedly, this kicks the shit out of Sunbather

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014

8738 Comments


maybe its cause im listening to it on high quality gear?


as am i, as long as you consider $300 headphones high quality gear

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2014

19434 Comments


^that's a lot of money to spend on headphones just to listen to music you don't even like lol

zaruyache
January 16th 2014

5848 Comments


My $20 headphones from RadioShack were a great investment.

Wizard
January 17th 2014

19208 Comments


Glad to hear they went further in the direction of Torn Beyond Reason. That was a huge step-up from their (IMO) pseudo depressive black metal debut. However, this type of crystallized melody in black metal can get a little dull after awhile.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

zaruyache
January 17th 2014

5848 Comments


Their debut was fantastic come on wiz

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2014

19434 Comments


digging this so far

Wizard
January 17th 2014

19208 Comments


Their debut was fantastic come on wiz

No it wasn't, it sucked a lot actually. It just fucking droned wayyyyyyyyyyy to long.



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