Forest Silence
Philosophy Of Winter


3.5
great

Review

by Ethereal Space Yogurt USER (205 Reviews)
September 23rd, 2008 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An ambient, groove-heavy black metal record with slick production and memorable song writing.

When I think of metal and Hungary together, the only thing that came to mind for the longest time was the beautiful songstress from To-Mera. Fortunately, Julie Kiss doesn’t happen to be the only notable export to emerge from this country. The Hungarians also have Sear Bliss at their disposal, a trombone toting symphonic black/death metal band that re-defines the word epic every time they push out a new album. Another extreme metal band has emerged from the shadows of Hungary with members of the former band providing their own take on the modern black metal scene. Forest Silence was composed of three former and current musicians from Sear Bliss and despite a birth date of 1996 I’ve only been able to retrieve one single release from the band. The Philosophy Of Winter is a slickly produced black metal record featuring ambient keyboards that overlap simplistic yet extremely catchy tremolo picking and raspy growling. I just want to point out that Philosophy Of Winter is one of the most accessible black metal record’s you will ever come across so those looking to venture through the genre without having to deal with all the troo, kvlt bull*** and low production values should heed my words and acquire this as soon as possible.

Black metal isn’t exactly a genre known for it’s impressive guitar displays but Forest Silence beg to differ. Generally most black metal bands play the same hollow and recycled riff patterns in the process of trying to rekindle the same fire that Darkthrone once had only to fail miserably in the process. Fortunately, Winter and Nagy had other plans for the direction of the band. The speed and complexity of the duo might not be very impressive but they more than make up for it with catchiness and variation. The riffs are traditionally much slower and chugga chugga paced then you would normally come across on a traditional black metal record but the slow tempo and prominent groove factor gives the guitars plenty of room to breathe and roam freely across the plain. The riffs are also a lot heavier and fuller sounding thanks to an incredibly warm and thick production job. Although primarily a guitar driven album, the synthesizers are prominently used to bolster Winter’s intention for creating highly atmospheric black metal. The keyboard tone recalls a natural walk through the snowy forest-esque moment, opting for a darker and more ambient approach then taking a cue out of Quorthon’s playbook. The vocalist, Winter, deliver’s a raw venomous performance that is pretty aggressive and full of bite but pretty accessible nonetheless. He doesn’t really change pitch or stray from the basic black metal basic template but he happens to be a solid harsh vocalist delivering scathing lyrical content based on nature, most notably the harshness and spirituality of a cold winter night. As for bass, Winter covers as a third musician delivering some catchy and always present bass lines accordingly well. By now you’re probably expecting the ever so aptly titled Winter to commit to the drums. Not today however. The drumming position is filled in by the session drummer/ former Sear Bliss musician, Zoltan. Nothing incredibly fast or technical, his performance is pretty textbook but sublimely effective nonetheless. There aren’t really any speedy blast beat or thundering blast beat section’s that would make Oden beg for mercy but Zoltan instead focuses on holding a sturdy rhythm section.

The album is solid musically and features boast’s considerable songwriting skill from Winter with every track managing to stand out. Unfortunately, the length of the album is brutally short. The Philosophy Of Winter builds off of five mid length tracks meeting around the 35 minute mark in total. Every time I listen to this album I feel that it end’s rather abruptly inspiring numerous replays in the process. With the main con pushed away momentarily, I must say this happens to be one of the more interesting and stand out black metal record’s to have been released in the past five years. Repetition and a lack of originality has overstayed it’s welcome and polluted the art of black metal for far too long but it makes those stand out records taste so much sweeter. The Philosophy Of Winter happens to be one of perfectly ripe strawberries picked right off the bush so people just getting into the genre or tired of what they’ve heard so far should give this a spin on my recommendation. Take it for what it is.



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SCREAM!
September 23rd 2008


10382 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Heard this a while back and it never really caught on. GOod review though.

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P13
September 23rd 2008


1327 Comments


Satan is pleased with his black metal.

Willie
Moderator
September 23rd 2008


16149 Comments


You had me sold by the time I was done with the summary. The rest of the review only reinforces that.

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BallsToTheWall
September 23rd 2008


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Except for when crappy black metal get's reviewed. It's all about preference SCREAM. I can't stand Fortid or Blessed In Sin so to each his own I guess. @Willie. it's definitely worth checking out and thanks.

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Tyler
Emeritus
September 23rd 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really like this album. The groove factor, especially the bass, makes it a really unique album. I dont find it overly short, really, it's just very concise. Had it gone on too long I fear it would have ultimately felt too long.

Silenius
September 23rd 2008


305 Comments


I really liked the older albums more than this, even though they can be written off as boring ambient, I really thought they had an amazing atmosphere with the tribal elements.

Tyler
Emeritus
September 23rd 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ps

Another band has emerged from the shadows of Hiungary


Willie
Moderator
September 23rd 2008


16149 Comments


Had it gone on too long I fear it would have ultimately felt too long.
So, if the album had been too long it would have ended up feeling too long? That makes sense and I agree.

Pebster49
September 23rd 2008


2993 Comments


Interesting, playing their song on myspace. Sounds good, nice review btw.

Tyler
Emeritus
September 23rd 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I mean it feels short but that's because it's good enough to leave you wanting more. If you got more, it probably would have come off as unnecessary and it just would have felt too long.

Willie
Moderator
September 23rd 2008


16149 Comments


I know what you meant. Just being a pain in the ass.

joshuatree
Emeritus
September 23rd 2008


3742 Comments


This sounds pretty good, actually. Good review too.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2008


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album never caught my attention. Listened to it a few times and it sounded like nothing worth my time. I'll re-listen though.

BallsToTheWall
September 23rd 2008


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks all. Yeah, i'll edit that Hungary bit out. It's worth a re spin but i'm stuck between 3.5 and 4.This Message Edited On 09.23.08

SCREAM!
September 23rd 2008


10382 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I can't stand Fortid or Blessed In Sin so to each his own I guess.
Fortid's kinda grown off of me since that review. They're still alright but thats it. Blessed in SIn is great though (especially Melancholia).

If i remember ill listen to this again

jrowa001
September 23rd 2008


8750 Comments


too many black metal bands with the word Forest in their names, im losing track. good review, i sort of liked the songs ive heard from this. ill give the whole album a listen in the near future. might be a while since im sort of bored with most black metal at the moment. just waiting for the new Nokturnal Mortum than ill be back in the game

Willie
Moderator
September 23rd 2008


16149 Comments


might be a while since im sort of bored with most black metal at the moment. just waiting for the new Nokturnal Mortum than ill be back in the game
In the mean time you should track down that Bran Van 3000 album, Glee ;) Or I can get it to you.This Message Edited On 09.23.08

Hawks
September 23rd 2008


35837 Comments


Balls you recommened this to me a little while back. After reading this review I think I'll definitely check it out soon.

BallsToTheWall
September 23rd 2008


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

123 holmes. get on it.

Zoo
September 23rd 2008


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is boring as all hell. I tried to listen to it a few months ago and it wasn't doin'.

Good review though, Satan.



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