Wayfarer
Old Souls


4.0
excellent

Review

by BurntSynapse USER (20 Reviews)
July 13th, 2016 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fire on the mountain.

Atmospheric black metal wanderers, Wayfarer, embark on a new journey with Old Souls. These Rocky Mountain nomads seek an ancient flame. It flickers atop scorched mountains, weathered by sand and time. Once a lush landscape inhabited by an old civilization, now an abandoned monument of unspeakable secrets. Between Wayfarer and their destination lies a vast expanse. To get there, they must traverse planes of dust. They must climb paths less traveled and endure nature’s harsh elements. Through this trek, Wayfarer manages to forge a remarkable tale across unknown lands.

Surrounding the flame are four pillars. Each represent one lengthy song on Old Souls. These towers are heavy as stone, constructed of atmosphere and chiseled with some beautiful textures. They watch over the flickering light. War drum beats on opener “Ever Climbing” march into a doomy riff. Tremolo guitar pours through its structure as gargantuan growls bellow at the mountains lying ahead. Wisps of post-metal offer a melodic breeze. It’s a blueprint for the other monoliths, but each are inscribed with unique characteristics. Bass gently etches the grooves for a folk-tinged acoustic passage in “Old Souls’ New Dawn”. Its melody, serene, ruptures into a crescendo. “Deathless Tundra” is a wasteland of black metal. Lethargic, it awakens from its slumber and howls into a maelstrom of drum blasts and dissonant riffs.

Three walls stand adjacent between the pillars. They are Old Souls’ transient songs; they protect the glow. Of them, “The Dust Lakes” is a moment of introspect. The slow burn amalgamation of drums and guitars broods with loneliness. Later joined by the bass, the song rolls into a meditative post-metal trance. It’s a waft of melancholy as Wayfarer nears the summit. At the mountain’s peak, they satisfy their unquenchable thirst. The journey ends. Wayfarer finds themselves hardened, more mature from their endeavor. Standing beside the fire on the mountain, they look upon the path that led them to the old souls, but all was lost in aimless chaos.



Recent reviews by this author
Horrenda Neronian TimesNoctilucant Oblivion To You All
Cryo Chamber Locus ArcadiaANCST Moloch
Witch Vomit A Scream from the Tomb BelowFacing Extinction Tape EP
user ratings (38)
3.6
great


Comments:Add a Comment 
BurntSynapse
July 13th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd peg this at 4.25 out of 5.0. Here is a link to the record:



https://wayfarercolorado.bandcamp.com/



Comments and constructive criticism are always welcome. Thank you for taking a couple minutes to read; let me know what you think of the record!

Atari
Staff Reviewer
July 13th 2016


27903 Comments


i'll check this out

bnelso55
July 13th 2016


1442 Comments


Interesting review. Thanks for posting. These guys are based not far from my hometown and I'm surprised that I've never heard of them. I'll check this out [2].

BurntSynapse
July 13th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you for reading, I appreciate it. Let me know if you enjoy it (:

PortalofPerfection
July 17th 2016


3032 Comments


Really excellent review man, very engaging. Need a couple more listens of this, first impression was good but nothing special.

BurntSynapse
July 17th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you Portal, I appreciate it. I saw these guys play live a few weeks ago and I think that definitely made me appreciate the album more.

Hawks
July 23rd 2016


84899 Comments


This was pretty cool on first listen, but nothing special. Gonna jam again tonight or tomorrow.

BurntSynapse
July 24th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I could be digging this quite a bit due to my general lack of listening experience with black metal and its related subgenres. Thank you for reading, Hawks!

Hawks
July 24th 2016


84899 Comments


I mean this is solid for sure, just nothing that really stands out putting it over the top. :]

BurntSynapse
July 24th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah, I see. Well, I'm always looking for new artists to explore. If you have some personal favorites, I'd love to give them a few listens (does not need to be atmospheric black).

Hawks
July 24th 2016


84899 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=269185&listid=163187

Check my list dude.

BurntSynapse
July 24th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will do, thank you :]

PortalofPerfection
July 26th 2016


3032 Comments


Yeah, you want in on black metal, pay attention to Hawks.

BurntSynapse
July 26th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I most certainly will. I'm going to try writing a review for a black metal record here soon, though I fear I'll butcher it.

teamster
January 1st 2017


6207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hate to use the word, but again, it applies here: "Grower". Better and better after each play through.

lalchimiste
June 8th 2018


1131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

New one sounds great with that Collin Marston production really enhances their post-metal aesthetic with the fat bass sound, organic drums and dynamic mastering

Beardog
February 29th 2024


4871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This one seems to go pretty hard, a bit more energetic than World's Blood



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2023 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy