01. Directionless Resurrectionist 02. Prey Tell Of The Church Fate 03. A Prophet For A Pound Of Flesh 04. The Blight Of God's Acre 05. Man's Laughter 06. The Underside Of Eden 07. Gatherer Of The Pure 08. Left Behind As Static 09. Corvus Corona (Part 1) 10. Corvus Corona (Part 2) 11. Dead Love [bonus]
Line-up Mister Curse - vocals The Gentleman - piano, synths, percussions, programming, drums, samples Henry Hyde Bronsdon - guitars, vocals, ukulele, samples Sir Gastrix Grimshaw - guitars, backing vocals Katie "Katheryne, Queen Of The Ghosts" Stone - flutes, violins, vocals Mr. John "The Resurrectionist" Bishop - drums, percussions Mr. Titus Lungbutter - bass
Additional info Release dates:
Germany/Austria: July 20, 2012
Europe: July 23, 2012
North America: August 14, 2012
Everywhere else: July 23, 2012
- Jewelcase CD. Budget edition with 8-page booklet and no extras.
- Digipak CD. Premium edition in 3-wing Digipak with 20-page booklet. Including bonus track "Dead Love".
- Artbook 2CD/DVD. Collector's edition in 28 x 28 cm hardcover book with 48 pages. Including bonus track "Dead Love", bonus CD with two exclusive cover songs, and DVD with "Gatherer Of The Pure" video clip. Limited to 1000 copies.
- Gatefold 2LP. Vinyl edition with 12-page booklet and poster. Including bonus track "Dead Love". Limited to 500 copies.
Recordedat the Gentelmen's C;ub & the Coach House between August - December 1891.
Except Mr Bishop's trap kit, which was recorded by Robert Hobson at http://www.silent-city.co.uk.
Produced & engineered by Henry Brondson/The Gentleman. Mixed & mastred by Henry Brondson.
With: The Projectionist - Live lighting & imagery, moving pictures & animation.
Cover design & illustration: Karolina Szymkiewicz.
Layout, design & lithographics: Grum.
Photography: The Projectionist.
Let me tell you what I believe is the ultimate measure of a band's talent: how many genres they can blend together into a mass fusion of sound, while at the same time sticking to the core base of the primary genre from which they come. A Forest Of Stars have already proven themselves masters at such a technique with 2008's The Corpse Of Rebirth and 2010's lesser-acclaimed (but still impressive) Opportunistic Thieves Of Spring. And here they are in 2012, ready to split the black metal camp in half again with another stunningly outlandish album. The thing about the band that one should take note of is that they never do the same thing twice. True, they have managed to craft a distinct sound that can genuinely be called "theirs," yet (much like Enslaved) this sound is always being embellished upon. On A Shadowplay For Yesterdays, we see it evolving into a much more folklore-ish territory, with the Victorian themes we all love and know the band for being taken to a new height.
I'm very anticipated for this. I revisited Opportunistic a few days ago, and I found I love it even more. From what it looks like, the songs are shorter than the monolithic lengths on their previous albums, and who knows, that might turn up as a good thing.
Sync - 20.07.2012 at 00:27
Just got the album and I'll give it a spin later tonight. Having 'Gatherer of the Pure' full blast is very good now, considering the music video is quite quiet
Just give atry and this abnd is personality, onw style, music, best BM from UK, band has avantgard touche into muisc, great harmony and melodty combinations, interesting lyrics, good album werry good and I wish it will stay more underground, this is english arcturus
This is quite different than previous album, more mellow and melodic, with less black metal shrieks from Mr. Curse and more clean, angelic vocals from Katie Stone, but I can't tell it's worse than it's predecessor. It's different, but in a good sense. Surely not a dissapointment and it's one of the better metal albums I heard this year so far.
Personally I think this is a big step up from what I felt was a rather disappointing sophomore release in Opportunistic Thieves, but still ultimately pales in comparison to their debut.
I liked their second album... but it was definitely a less awesome experience than the debut. This album, while being better than the second one is still not as brilliant as the debut.
So yeah, basically... I agree with your words but maybe not with the same intensity since I didn't exactly felt the second album was a dissapointment.
It definitely dserves more than 7,6 overall... what's up with that?
Too many textures, styles and instruments blended in this wonderful musical project. Also the shortening of the tracks was very successful. My favorite tracks were prey tell of the church fate and gatherer of the pure.
I am wondering if two last tracks are not a sign form AFoS, that they are moving away from BM roots. that would be a shame. Still great album - especially Gatherer of the Pure
Lucas gave the same feelings which I share about that. He put it best in his review of their second album:
Quote: I 'feared' A Forest Of Stars would prove to be one of the bands that would rapidly depart Black metal in favour of stronger, genre-transcending experimentation. Which would not necessarily be a bad thing, but still, we don't want to lose too many worthwhile to non-metal genres. Having a couple of strong, unique and daring extreme acts around is very healthy for our precious little scene.
I like it a lot, not as much as the first two but it still is damn amazing. But if I had to pick a favorite BM album this year I'd still go with Reverence (counting Cosmosophy out since it's more Industrial than Black)
Why did I not listen to this album earlier? Oh well...
I had totally forgotten how absolutely brilliant this band is. Their highly unique sound creates some truly original listening experiences and A Shadowplay For Yesterdays is no exception to this. The album is at times psychedelic and twisted but at others fairly dark and sometimes straight up depressing - much due to the woeful vocals.
In addition to this, what really stood out to me regarding this particular release, is how utterly beautiful it is. The guitar, flute, violin and female vocals are all contributing to a mesmerizing atmosphere which is present throughout most of the album but mainly in the second half. This was something that took me by surprise and while it is true that the band have moved away from the more prevalent black metal sound of previous releases, I for one welcome this atmospheric and experimental approach.
Saw this album at a special offer today and I'm glad I bought it. An excellent find and one of the most original metal albums I've heard in a while. 8/10 for now, might move up to a 9 after a few more listens.
Succeeds in combining beauty and black metal in a way few others do. Some of the most memorable and original stuff I've had the pleasure of coming across... I think the vocals of Mr. Curse are indeed challenging, but they are absolutely perfect for creating the atmosphere of distress and delivering the dramatic flair that the music needs. I must get the digipack version so I can delve into this in it's full glory!
I gotta say this release is quite different from their previous albums. It is a very enjoyable album, it's beautiful, with a special atmosphere. I liked the addition of more clean vocals, but still I miss the Black metal style at some parts.
A natural evolution for a band that seems unstoppable at making what they want.