Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Windfaerer/Tribus/2010 CD Review

Winfaerer are a band from New Jersey that has had previoused ep reviewed by this zine as well as had an interview, with a musical style that mixes folk metal with melodic death metal and black metal and this is a review of their self released album "Tribus".

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with a great amount of blast beats, while the bass playing is mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very heavy and powerful doomy sound of their own, as for the violins when they are utilized, they bring a folk music element to the music with some violins being used on one song.

Rhythm guitars combine influences from folk metal, melodic death and black metal with the riffing ranging from slow, midpaced to fast with a great amount of melody and some traditional metal influences, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding death metal guitar solos, as for the accoustic guitars when they are utilized briefly, they bring a much more darker tone to the music as well as a small amount of classical guitar.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some clean singing vocals being used on the last song, while the lyrics touch on the paganism and history of the Iberian Penisula and nature elements, as for the production it has a very heavy and professional sound to it, for being self released.

In my opinion this a good full length from Windfaerer and if you where a fan of their previous demo, you will not be dissapointed. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Gentle Touch On Ravaged Ruins" "The Invader" and "The Seafaerer's Legend"> RECEMMONDED BUY.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ironwood/Storm Over Sea/2010 CD Review

Ironwood are a band from Austrialia that plays a very progessive form of folk/black metal and this is a review of their self released 2010 album "Storm Over Sea".

Drums alternate between slow, midpaced to fast drumming with some blast beats being used at times, while the bass playing has a very strong and powerful sound that is very progressive at times with alot of bass leads being thrown in at times.

Rhythm guitars alternate between slow, midpaced to fast riffs that combine viking/black metal with traditional metal with a good amount of melodies being used at times, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding guitar solos that also have a classic rock feel to them, as for the accoustic guitars they hmix elements of folk and progressive music together to give the music a very haunting edge.

Vocals are a mixture of high pitched black metal screams and clean singing vocals, while the lyrics touch on Heathen Values, as for the production it has a very heavy and professional sound with all of the instruments coming out with a great sound to them.

In my opinion Ironwood are a very original folk/progressive/black metal band and if you are a fan of bands that mix these styles together, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS "Infinate Sea" "Weather The Strorm" and "A BOnd To Sever". RECEMMONDED BUY.