Windswept   The Onlooker
3.4
great
Release Date: 2019
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3.5 greatzaruyache | February 19th 19

2018's EP saw the Windswept project take their Drudkh-ian blueprint and reiterate it at slower tempos to emphasize the atmospherics of slower chords, whereas 2019's "The Onlooker" LP sees the band doing the exact opposite; it's all fast, all the time. Still the same Drudkh-y rhythms, same two-riffs-per-song-stretched-out-to-5-minutes-or-more-each-time, etc. Playing fast the whole time does make this particular record remind one more of, say Forteresse than Drudkh, and that's not a bad thing, as both projects are able to barrel along at full speed without much steam. While Windswept are a tad less effective at keeping their music interesting at those constant tempos than Forteresse, though, "The Onlooker" is still a nifty record. The fast progressions and melodies pull you in with a triumphant sort of atmosphere that slower music typically just can't do, though in the same way it's less earthy and hypnotic. As someone who likes fast black metal much more than the slower stuff, though, this is definitely an improvement over their last release.

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3.5 greatoltnabrick | March 23rd 19
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3.5 greatRobert Davis CONTRIBUTOR | February 27th 19
3.5 greatZombieParty | February 23rd 19
3.0 goodL4titudes | February 18th 19
4.0 excellentblou52 | February 17th 19
3.5 greatNazzadan | February 13th 19
3.5 greatMetalSoliloquy | February 11th 19
2.5 averageCaptainDooRight | February 8th 19
3.5 greatJLR2DEG | January 14th 19

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