A Forest of Stars
Opportunistic Thieves of Spring


3.0
good

Review

by Excretakano USER (7 Reviews)
January 13th, 2011 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Opportunistic thieves of style, genre, culture, and other non-kitchen-sink materials (wait... is that a faucet?)

Q: What do you do if you like wearing ruffles, lace, and pretension but you're not into power metal or Meatloaf? A: Make a sprawling post-black opus trimmed with pretty instrumental flourishes and falsified 19th century origins.

Black metal is certainly a touchstone for Opportunistic Thieves of Spring - nothing else buzzes with overdriven chords, thuds with galloping double bass, and howls like a second coming of Silencer - but these six long tracks are not the blistering blasphemies of Gorgoroth or the lo-fi scourges of Burzum. A Forest of Stars weave themes both pastoral and destructive around each song's majestic emotional arc. "Summertide's Approach" opens with a quaint string 'n' keys dance routine before dropping into what sounds like a demon's interrogation chamber, and "Thunder's Cannonade" follows a procession of mournful violins for much of its runtime. Not that heaviness is an afterthought - there's some very satisfying chugging throughout "Sorrow's Impetus" and devastating drums on "Raven's Eye View" - but more often than not, flute or piano melodies build on top of the sawed-off chord progressions, while violins drone or lilt alongside. Then, as if all the quirks of earlier moments were never there at all, the expansive throb of "Starfire's Memory" and slow growth of "Delay's Progression" invite some serious meditation on darkness and depth.

Thieves does not endear nor reveal itself quickly or easily, and it is often a confusing piece of work. Maybe there are a few too many ideas engaged on this recording, or maybe I'm just too dumb to assimilate them all. Either way, Thieves should be sonically compelling enough to invite repeated listens by adventurous ears, and it should probably be passed over by those looking for undiluted demolition.



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Crisis
January 13th 2011


169 Comments


Album was pretty boring. Their debut is a lot better.

Jips
January 13th 2011


1138 Comments


this is a really good review...only thing is id drop the first person at the end...

il put this on my radar of things to get...

Kudos

Excretakano
January 14th 2011


3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for the input. Crisis, I don't know if "boring" is quite the right word... There are a lot of wild ideas - both single moments and longer arrangements - but when they don't seem to add up to a cool experience or really move a listener, it sure can seem like a let down.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
January 14th 2011


8945 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nice sound off

love this album~

Crisis
January 14th 2011


169 Comments


Crisis, I don't know if "boring" is quite the right word... There are a lot of wild ideas - both single moments and longer arrangements - but when they don't seem to add up to a cool experience or really move a listener, it sure can seem like a let down.

Yeah I definitely see what you're saying here and I agree with you, but it is still a bit boring in the end ;)

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2011


8945 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

not one bit is boring to me

Mitridates
October 8th 2011


10 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Boring

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
October 8th 2011


8945 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nope :]

Ovrot
October 8th 2011


10554 Comments


silly band stars aren't nearly close enough to each other to be a forest.

desert of stars

osmark86
January 20th 2014


4548 Comments


this is sounding hella ambitious off the top. should be an interesting listen throughout.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
January 20th 2014


8945 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

one of my favorite black metal albums but i think i'm alone on that

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
February 10th 2014


8945 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is ridiculously under-appreciated

CaptainDooRight
February 10th 2014


30334 Comments


lol Ovrot, keepin' it real



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