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The Wind, The Trees And The Shadows...


4.0
excellent

Review

by Lucid CONTRIBUTOR (17 Reviews)
January 16th, 2011 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


All the first impressions indicate that The Wind, the Trees and the Shadows of the Past is a standard-but-decent black metal album that you will enjoy for a few listens then lose in the mound of standard-but-decent black metal albums that litter your Itunes library. You’ve got your serene, green, picturesque cover art (clearly a groundbreaking way of concealing the harshness of the music), your typically long title and your typically long track lengths. From the band name, you should be able to tell that this falls in the recent trend of “optimistic” black metal: harsh vocals contrasted with bright, sweeping guitar riffs and a major key tonality. From the song titles, say, The Wind and The Trees, you are probably expecting the band to transport you to some eerie but mystical forest in Scandinavia or something. Now that we’ve got the first impressions and expectancies out of the way, you are probably waiting for the “But this is actually special!” assertion. Well, you’ve got it.

But this is actually special!

It is with delight that I announce that The Wind, the Trees and the Shadows of the Past is everything that you are expecting it to be but also an unexpected success as the execution is downright brilliant. The most endearing aspect is just how genuinely warm it is; heavily rooted in a folk metal sound, the songs are driven by uplifting lead guitar melodies interspersed with spellbinding acoustic sections. While this has the potential to become routine or predictable, the organic approach to the songwriting allows sections to not transition but rather dissolve into one another. This sustains a momentum that defines every lapse into midtempo territory as natural and logical. It is particularly remarkable that the shrieked vocals, the sole black metal element, do not disturb the serenity that the music develops; rather, they add a layer of melancholy to the dominantly optimistic mood. Their inclusion is seamless rather than jarring; the final song before the outro eliminates them completely, yet the emergence of clean vocals does not come off as ill-fitting. Everything works together to create a distinct atmosphere that is carefully developed and impeccably realized.

Special recognition must be made of the intro and outro; I can’t remember the last time I’ve witnessed such an effective loop tactic on an album. Consisting solely of atmospherics, the beginning and end are connected with such fluidity that the album doesn’t conclude but rather diminishes then blossoms once again in the replay. The Wind, the Trees and the Shadows of the Past proves that tried-and-tested elements can still coalesce to form an astounding work if the execution is precisely on target.



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Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2011


7026 Comments


Lucidity reviewing an album no one cares about.

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Hawks
January 16th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review man. Album rules.

kangaroopoo
January 16th 2011


3175 Comments


great review

liked this and some others I sampled from hawks post bm list the other day

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2011


7026 Comments


Thanks. I think this was first brought to my attention on Hawks' list too.

Hawks
January 16th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well nice to know I'm helping you guys out haha.

sifFlammable
January 16th 2011


2741 Comments


Fosters review says this is a doom album, ur review says this is a black metal album

so which one? :/

rasputin
January 16th 2011


14546 Comments


Fosters review says this is a doom album, ur review says this is a black metal album

so which one? :/


it's neither at both at the same time

Lucidity reviewing an album no one cares about.


pretty much, this is a very average album. their second one was slightly better.

Crisis
January 16th 2011


169 Comments


I've only listened to their second album like twice but I remember it being a bit worse. Might have to revisit it though.

SCREAM!
January 16th 2011


10137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never bothered with the second cause i actually heard from quite a few people that it was supposed to be worse

But i like this so i'll probably check it out eventually

rasputin
January 16th 2011


14546 Comments


well considering that this is awful, 'slightly better' isn't much of a compliment

SCREAM!
January 16th 2011


10137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just went from very average to awful within the space of 2 posts

rasputin
January 16th 2011


14546 Comments


yeah to put it plainly, it's not good. you really caught me out.

Defeater
January 16th 2011


5782 Comments


we take words very seriously on the internet

rasputin
January 16th 2011


14546 Comments


they went from being a boring band with no originality on this album to a more tolerable band with no originality on the second. i'd call that an improvement.

Motiv3
January 16th 2011


8938 Comments


these guys basically an Agalloch clone? i havent listened to this so dont flame me.

jingledeath
January 16th 2011


7104 Comments


don't like this band at all

rasputin
January 16th 2011


14546 Comments


yeah pretty much. has a bit of katatonia worship going too (if the name didn't already give it away), with some dashes of october tide

Motiv3
January 16th 2011


8938 Comments


i havent listened to much Katatonia so no, the name didnt give it away. May check this out out of curiosity

rasputin
January 16th 2011


14546 Comments


i havent listened to much Katatonia so no, the name didnt give it away. May check this out out of curiosity


katatonia have an album called brave murder day, the main tracks of which being titled 'brave', 'murder' and 'day'.

Motiv3
January 16th 2011


8938 Comments


oh yeah, i see it now, its pretty much set up in the same manner.



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