Vordven
Towards The Frozen Stream


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
February 21st, 2012 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Finnish Atmospheric Black Folk Crafts A Great Deal of Beauty and Melody into a Journey of Dreams

Everybody likes melody. The problem is usually the way it's presented. Some bands will play melodies that are just over the top, holding no solid foundation or emotion. Some are forced down your throat. The power and true gift that we humans can bestow up on ears is unique and a precious gift, often used in the wrong ways. While melodies and taste can be objectional, it can't be argued that little toddlers even naturally dance when they hear cool beats or reaggeaish rythms. So don't lie to yourself and say you don't melody because eveyone does.

"Towards the Frozen Stream" is a masterpiece of well crafted, beautiful melodies. The atmospheric nature gives a relaxing, yet hopeful feeling. Some of Vordven's compositions have a playful attitude to them, almost creating a joyful feeling in your heart. Tracks like "Dream of Northside" feel's like your on a quest to an unknown land. A sense of hope envelopes your mind as you feel the approaching success to your conquest.

The best way to describe this album is viking low-mid tempo depressive black metal with catchy melodies. Remember like as I mentioned earlier these melodies tend to give a sense of hope, rather than a sense of awkwardness. The occasional blend of operatic dissonant vocals give remembrance to Ulver's masterpiece, which is Bergtatt.

The synths blend well with the fluffy-like snow tremolos. Often blended with a re-verb like effect, the synth harmonies provide a great deal of the melody found within "TTFS".

The length of the tracks are very appropiate and tend to never overstay their welcome, yet still provide's an adequate length to allow the emotions to flourish; such as in the case of the title track.

If you enjoy this album I stongly urge you to try to find their first demo "When the Wind Blew For the First Time". The melodies in that demo are extremely godly.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2012


7134 Comments


Album art's drawing me in.

Hawks
February 20th 2012


35870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gonna try and find a download for this now. Sounds awesome.

Digging: Ved Buens Ende - Written In Waters

Hawks
February 20th 2012


35870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is awesome so far. Gonna end up in the 4 or 4.5 range for sure.

Hawks
February 20th 2012


35870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The melodies here are so good. Definitely very reminiscent of Summoning.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2012


7134 Comments


If it's anything like Summoning you'll have a winner from me mate, I'll look into it for sure.

Hawks
February 20th 2012


35870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I found a mediafire link pretty easily.

Vesper
February 20th 2012


3085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was sold once I saw a LotR reference, haha.

Downloading now, Captain.

Hawks
February 20th 2012


35870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

LotR = Lord of the Rings.

And Vesper is a she, not a he haha.

Beachcoma
February 21st 2012


526 Comments


the melodies are great



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