Appalachian Winter
I Become The Frozen Land


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (194 Reviews)
June 23rd, 2011 | 52 replies | 3,900 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Glyne extends from previous themes shown in his other albums and presents the listener with consistent ideas and a better production level.

While the main contextual ideas are the same there are some differences that can be noticed when looking album to album. What are first noticed are the better production values and the improvement in clean vocal passages especially when compared to the debut release ‘Silence Before the Great Mountain Wind’ where listeners would find respectively; a raw production and the occasional strained clean vocals. This time around and pleasing on the ears both of those issues have been removed and in turn benefit the listener. While lyrically speaking the context is very much the same as previous efforts i.e. being nature and the harshness of winter, with focus on Pennsylvania where Glyne both lives and draws inspiration from. There are other themes that shine through the lyrical themes, mainly with metaphors that match the imagery of cold or winter. Expectantly those themes include sorrow, progress and eventual death.

Positively where musicianship is concerned, listeners can expect a great effort from Glyne on all levels throughout the length of the album. Making use of a better recording process gives a better end result especially when clarity becomes an issue when creating an improved product. To make a product better, each separate component must be better and combined effectively. This for the most part appears to be the case. Especially considering that Glyne controls all the instruments himself and can musically create ideas the way he wants them.

There are times where talent becomes a rarity, and Glyne truly has become a rare breed in the metal genre. While some bands plague the listener with breakdown after breakdown his works in ‘I Become The Frozen Land’ show great amounts of flair and an intelligent writing style, which not only supports the main themes being portrayed over the length of the album but also maintains the listener. Some features that are clearly noticeable during the album include the ‘folk-ish’ instruments usually of a winded variety. These instruments also add to the tracks overall tone colour and thicken the texture at the same time. These warm and sometimes dark tones compliment the music perfectly. Also maintaining listeners is the use of ‘booming vocals’ and when this is layered on top of other sections, it brings out a more noticeable folk feel to the music.

Dynamics is used creatively within the albums tracks and a perfect example of this is found on ‘The Freezing Night Howls’ where dark chord progression build into a tempo that could be described as a ‘slow march’ , gaining volume over its progression before moving into some symphonic passages. The vocal efforts here match the mood being heard, and continue this increase in musical pressure. This helps feed the atmosphere especially when the texture is thickened by layering each component (i.e. double bass, chanting, and strings.) Other highlights include ‘Deep Within the Mountain Forest’ and title track ‘I Become the Frozen Land’. From these tracks alone, listeners can roughly gauge the context and quality of the rest of the album. As well as gain insight into Glyne’s contextual influences gained from the lyrical lines and obvious references to nature within songs. Not to mention get an idea of what Appalachian Winter actually sounds like.

When presented as a complete package there are many positives to look at. Gone are the whiny and strained cleans, as well as the slightly tinny production found on other records. While folk inspired themes are not everyone’s cup of tea, this is worth the look over and should be a welcome edition in many black metal libraries. For Glyne, cold does prove to be an emotion and one he uses to his advantage.



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AfterTheBreakdown
June 23rd 2011



7106 Comments


POS'd. I liked the begining.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2011



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

By the way that ear infection i mentioned last night has given an interesting effect to any music i listen to now. All the vocals have a touch of "Wall-e" to them.

AfterTheBreakdown
June 23rd 2011



7106 Comments


lol

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2011



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hopefully this will get a few more ratings now that it has a review.

Hawks
June 23rd 2011



33363 Comments


You still have grammar issues and awkward sentences. Gotta go through and clean this up. As for the band, I gotta listen to them when I get the chance.

fsharptrit0ne
June 23rd 2011



4628 Comments


Nice review. I will have to check this out

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2011



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Think i need to take a writing course. All my aural training has twisted a normal writing process.

As for listening, search on Last.fm. There are some complete albums on there, i'm also hoping someone will take the cue to review the other one so i don't have them all.

TheSpirit
June 23rd 2011



16661 Comments


Your first sentence makes absolutely no sense and you should really think about adding some kind of intro before just jumping into the review.

Digging: Sexdrome - Grown Younger

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2011



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will fix,

fsharptrit0ne
June 23rd 2011



4628 Comments


Yea, pretty much told you that on the last one dude. Make a more gripping and complete intro

beefshoes
June 23rd 2011



2114 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

He isn't extremely far from where I live.
In the same mountains, different state.
I am going to check this out.


NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2011



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I do tend to focus on the business end a bit much don't i.

TheSpirit
June 23rd 2011



16661 Comments


the album art to this is so amateurish it makes me want to not check this out but here i am about to d/l....

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2011



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You could say that Spirit, he actually has some of his stuff through BandCamp,

TheSpirit
June 23rd 2011



16661 Comments


Do you listen to Dimmu Borgir and/or Cradle of Filth

beefshoes
June 23rd 2011



2114 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I am on the first song and this is pretty good.
The only complaint so far is the drums are very MIDI sounding, especially when the bass drums speed up and there are fast fills.

TheSpirit
June 23rd 2011



16661 Comments


This is pretty gay tbh, sorry.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2011



6734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do you listen to Dimmu Borgir and/or Cradle of Filth

Both, but there not my regular plays.

This is pretty gay tbh, sorry.

Don't be sorry, to each their own. Do you apolagise to people who listen to Bieber?

I am on the first song and this is killer stuff.

The newer the record the better i feel.

SowingSeason
Emeritus
June 23rd 2011



14511 Comments


You still have a tendency to over-word things...the simpler the better!

Decent review overall though, I like the looks of this album so I'll be checking it out

TheSpirit
June 23rd 2011



16661 Comments


SowingSeason... and black metal?



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