Elderwind
The Magic of Nature


4.0
excellent

Review

by Anthemic USER (6 Reviews)
August 10th, 2014 | 69 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An excellent atmospheric black metal album that shouldn't be overlooked.

Elderwind is a Russian black metal outfit formed in 2009 by Persy Vyacheslav. After a few years of experimentation, Persy added drummer Andrey Bykov and vocalist Alexander Sinyugen to the mix for Elderwind’s 2012 debut album, “The Magic of Nature.” If you’re looking for a black metal kvlt classic, you’d best look elsewhere as TMoN is a beautifully structured ambient piece of music where Vyacheslav really shows his talent as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, doing all of the guitar, bass and keyboard playing, as well as most of the songwriting on the record.

That being said, this album is still a black metal album, and a damn good one at that. It breaks the cardinal rules of black metal with prominent bass and keyboard playing throughout the 52 minute experience, and it’s a fairly soft album through and through. One could draw comparisons to bands like Agalloch, but an album this good shouldn’t be reduced to a clone of other popular atmospheric black metal; it may not pioneer into new territory, but it’s certainly unique enough to stand as a notable accomplishment on its own. Let’s get into specifics.

The album opens with “In the Snow,” a purely ambient song with a wall of guitars in the background complementing the keyboard playing in the foreground. A couple minutes into the song, the listener is greeted by Singuyen’s harsh vocals which last for the duration of the five and a half minute intro, then fading out as the title track starts up. “The Magic of Nature” opens with a slow guitar and keyboard part that picks up drums and then vocals for the rest of the 8 minute song. It isn’t until track six, “The Approach of Spring,” that we get closer into black metal territory with blast beats and vocals that overpower the instruments for the first time on the album. This lasts for about nine minutes until “When the Rain Starts Again” follows suit with a harsher sound with more focus on the vocals than any song on the first half of the album. “In the Cold” finishes the record with a six minute masterpiece that shows the mastery of this band in all of the instrumentation on the song. They keyboard is simple but effective, the guitars rock and the drums keep the listener engaged.

My only real gripe about this album is that the same formula is used in many of the songs: Ambient intro, add drums, vocals, include a few instrumental parts here and there, fade out, rinse and repeat. Plus it’s not really anything new, though it is exceptional for an album of its type. I understand this won’t be for everyone, but if you’re into ambient music that uses black metal to compliment atmospheric passages, “The Magic of Nature” is worth a listen.

Check out:
The Magic of Nature, The Approach of Spring, and In The Cold.



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Anthemic
August 10th 2014


341 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was my first music review ever so be nice, any constructive criticism is greatly appreciated.

SourAK
August 10th 2014


1628 Comments


good album

PortalofPerfection
August 10th 2014


1991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Uwwww gotta check this

manosg
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2014


11710 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice, gonna give it a listen.



Great review as well, especially for a first, pos.

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adr
August 10th 2014


12006 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

great album

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2014


8337 Comments


Good review, pos.

album preview: http://stahlzone.bandcamp.com/album/-

Anthemic
August 10th 2014


341 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the pos's guys! I agree, this album is spectacular when you're in the right mood.

Amphoteric
August 10th 2014


2014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sweet, good to see this finally get a review.

Wolfhorde
August 10th 2014


15373 Comments


too much cheese for me.

and that's coming from someone who spent 2 years almost exclusively listening to German and French BM.

Anthemic
August 10th 2014


341 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I feel where you're coming from Wolfhorde, this isn't your typical black metal, which is why I say it's great if you're in the right mood for it.

Wolfhorde
August 10th 2014


15373 Comments


The "typical black metal" thing doesn't matter, I just don't like how the cheesy elements are incorporated. Kermania for example was really good at incorporating such elements into a song in a coherent manner.

Anthemic
August 10th 2014


341 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fair enough. I get what you mean.

PortalofPerfection
August 10th 2014


1991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I get said "cheese" from Summoning, but not from this. Love what I've heard so far (on YouTube) but I can't find a purchasable digital download anywhere 😕

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2014


10589 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Saw "atmospheric black metal" and was instantly interested.



Saw Summoning referenced so twice as interested.

Anthemic
August 10th 2014


341 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My Elderwind review brings all the Tolkien nerds to the yard



But I love Summoning too so I can't talk.

PortalofPerfection
August 10th 2014


1991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know, Summoning never clicked with me. I like my epicness in Blut Aus Nord or Moonsorrow form. This reminds me more of those guys than it does Summoning.

Anthemic
August 10th 2014


341 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love me some Blut Aus Nord, though this definitely makes me think of Summoning more. Either way, I'm glad you like it.

PortalofPerfection
August 10th 2014


1991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah not trying to side track us here, this is both epic and excellent, as is your review

Hawks
August 10th 2014


71529 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck I need this one too.

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Anthemic
August 10th 2014


341 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Portal, that really means a lot!



And yes Hawks, you do.



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