WOLVEN ANCESTRY – The Wrath of Gaia

WOLVEN ANCESTRY – The Wrath of Gaia








Origin: Canada
Genre: Melodic Black Metal Pagan Black Metal
Label: Archaic North Entertainment
Year: 2007

Wolven Ancestry is a new band from Canada, playing a high quality melodic pagan black metal. They were formed in 2005 having a full line up of 6 members and very soon (without any demo) they released this album on their own. In 2007 the label Archaic North Entertainment re-released “The Wrath of Gaia” so the album got a much better distribution.

Their sound is raw and melodic at the same time, with a very underground (almost demo) production. The guitars have a “dirty” distorted sound that adds a frozen feeling to the music. There are also many keyboards, other times more dominant creating almost symphonic black metal songs and other times just in the background. There is an epic pagan atmosphere in the album with some more melancholic nostalgic songs. All of the nine tracks have very long titles, dealing with nature, life and wolves! The vocals are expressive black metal screams, in perfect balance with their overall sound. Someone can listen also to some acoustic instruments and a folk mood, but most of the time it’s pagan melancholic black metal.

Wolven Ancestry actually don’t offer us something new, but they are very good at what they do, and this debut is definitely better than many releases in the genre. For those who care, they are also supporters of wildlife and their official page links to http://www.wolfeducation.org. They are now preparing their upcoming second album and in their myspace or Facebook official pages you can listen to songs from “The Wrath of Gaia” and some pre-production tracks from their next, yet untitled album.

dimiarch

Rating:  (8/10)

Links:
Wolven Ancestry @ Myspace
Wolven Ancestry @ Facebook

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DARK FOREST – Aurora Borealis

DARK FOREST – Aurora Borealis








Origin: Canada
Genre: Epic Black Metal Pagan Black Metal
Label: Bleak Art Records
Year: 2007

A surprising debut album coming out of nowhere! Dark Forest is the personal project of David Parks from Canada and he formed the band back in 2003 (there are many other bands with the same name from other countries). This is their first full-length work that was initially self released in 500 copies. In 2007 they signed to Bleak Art Records that re-released it including 4 bonus tracks from Demo 2005. The re-release came with a slightly improved artwork and real drums from Griffin Kissack, instead of drum machine. So the total duration of the album exceeded 68 minutes!

“Aurora Borealis” is an epic black metal album with many pagan Viking elements. Most of the time their music has the classic epic mid tempo guitar riffing, mixing it with many slower acoustic and atmospheric parts. The keyboards are used very cleverly; sometimes they stay in the background, sometimes the carry the lead melodies and other times they simply add some folk touches. All of their compositions are great, with many changes inside each song and a very good production. I have only listened to the first edition, so I guess the Bleak Art edition will be even better. Their vocals are mostly black metal screaming, but there are also some clean Viking ones in the most epic parts. The excellent cover artwork is another brilliant work of Kris Verwimp.

Overall “Aurora Borealis” is a safe investment for all fans of this genre. Maybe Dark Forest don’t actually add something new to this overcrowded scene (not that they remind of something particular), but their music is very well played and composed epic pagan black metal and they seem to have all the potentials for something bigger… If you want to listen to their music you can visit they links below.

dimiarch

Rating: (8/10)

Links:
http://www.darkforest.ca
Dark Forest @ Facebook
Dark Forest @ Myspace

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