A Forest Of Stars - Beware The Sword You Cannot See



8.3 | 262 votes |
Release date: 27 February 2015
Style: Atmospheric black metal

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Disc I
01. Drawing Down The Rain
02. Hive Mindless
03. A Blaze Of Hammers
04. Virtus Sola Invicta
05. Proboscis Master Versus The Powdered Seraphs
06. Pawn On The Universal Chessboard, Part I: Mindslide
07. Pawn On The Universal Chessboard, Part II: Have You Got A Light, Boy?
08. Pawn On The Universal Chessboard, Part III: Perdurabo
09. Pawn On The Universal Chessboard, Part IV: An Automaton Adrift
10. Pawn On The Universal Chessboard, Part V: Lowly Worm
11. Pawn On The Universal Chessboard, Part VI: Let There Be No Light

Disc II ["Valley Of Desolation" EP - Special Boxset Only]
01. Gestation
02. Catafalque Caravan Quandary
03. Plastic Patriarch Lynch Squad (Enduring December)

Line-up
Dan Eyre - vocals
Richard "Rick" Blakelock - synthesizers, percussion, piano
Jon B. Cumiskey - guitars, cello, backing vocals
Duncan Evans - guitars
Katie Stone - flutes, violins, vocals
John Bishop - drums
Mr. Titus Lungbutter - bass

Additional info
Produced by Duncan Evans (Henry Hyde Bronsdon).

Staff review by
Apothecary
Rating:
9.0
You know those people, somewhat pessimistic types, who say of music that "nothing is original anymore," and "everything's been done"? Well, they clearly haven't heard A Forest Of Stars yet, now have they?

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published 11.03.2015 | Comments (33)

The gentlemen's club of A Forest Of Stars came again from the 1890's to bring us their fourth album of their unique take on atmospheric black metal.

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17.12.2014 - 17:09
Rating: 8
Karlabos
Meat and Potatos
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17.12.2014 - 17:28
Rating: 9
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
A double disc album could either mean something incredibly massive, or a lot of boring filler. Knowing these guys, it's (hopefully) the former
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17.12.2014 - 19:44
Rating: 8
Karlabos
Meat and Potatos
Written by Guest on 17.12.2014 at 17:15

What's with serpents eating their own tails on album covers these days?

If a serpent ate its whole self would it be twice as big or disappear completely?
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18.12.2014 - 00:42
J. N.
Account deleted
Written by Guest on 17.12.2014 at 17:15
What's with serpents eating their own tails on album covers these days?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouroboros
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26.01.2015 - 17:40
!J.O.O.E.!
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26.01.2015 - 17:56
Rating: 8
Karlabos
Meat and Potatos
^ 2015 officially started now
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26.01.2015 - 18:29
Zap
Phlegmish
Written by Karlabos on 26.01.2015 at 17:56

^ 2015 officially started now

Couldn't have said it better myself.
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15.02.2015 - 21:04
riffraff.cai

fucking Awesome!!
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27.02.2015 - 18:32
Rating: 10
flightoficarus
Stamp Tramp
Nice to hear some more female vocals in BM. It's used plenty in gothic and power metal, but under-utilized in the more extreme genres. Adds to the already-present beauty, could have made more appearances. The proclamation-style vocals were definitely a grower, but are ultimately genius. There are moments where they progress into some really cool, evil sounding distorted growls like on "A Blaze of Hammers" and "An Automaton Adrift." Then there is "Proboscis:" the combination of the stage-worthy performance, indie-rock bass, and reverse track-sounding synth creates something totally hypnotic. I will say that the bass drum during the blastbeats sounds triggered and digital to me. Not sure if that is the case or not. The guitar work is fairly average for the genre. The strings and synths, on the other hand, are absolutely lovely. Also, good call on breaking up the last part of the album into multiple movements instead of forcing a 20-25 minute track on us. If the vocals were a bit more engaging, I could see myself listening to this more. Those who do like this vocal style may find this to be a 9 or 10. At $6.99 on bandcamp it's a steal. Full review here.
Enjoyability=9
Musicianship=9
Innovation=9
Overall=9
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02.03.2015 - 23:25
Carl Berg
Carl Berg
Amazing music.
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04.03.2015 - 03:32
Rating: 10
Darkside Momo
Retired
Loving it more and more. Quite weird, even for AFOS, but goddamn great
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you"

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I am awake"
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05.03.2015 - 19:29
Rating: 9
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Fucking loving this album, my favorite by them so far.
Disc II is a bonus disc for the deluxe version or something, right? Can't see those tracks on bandcamp.
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05.03.2015 - 21:35
Rating: 10
Darkside Momo
Retired
Written by Unhealer on 05.03.2015 at 19:29

Fucking loving this album, my favorite by them so far.
Disc II is a bonus disc for the deluxe version or something, right? Can't see those tracks on bandcamp.

yep, for 500-copies special edition
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06.03.2015 - 11:27
Rating: 9
M C Vice
ex-polydactyl
Not as good as the 1st and 3rd albums, better than the 2nd though. Pawn On The Universal Chessboard is probably one of the best songs they've ever done.
They seem to be more progressive than atmospheric this time.
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" 'Tis a lie! Thy backside is whole and ungobbled, thou ungrateful whelp!"
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06.03.2015 - 18:25
Fallen Ghost
Craft Beer Geek
Stunning coverart, gotta listen to this only because of that!
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07.03.2015 - 19:42
Rating: 9
CyberSymphony
Ollie
Drawing Down The Rain and Proboscis Master Versus... are amazing songs. I hugely enjoyed listening to this, possibly more than their last album.
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09.03.2015 - 17:08
Rating: 7
PanzerPriest

Very good album. I agree with the opinion above that this album tends to be the best in this band's discography so far. My opinion is the same.
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11.03.2015 - 18:42
Rating: 9
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
It's really amazing how much this band has grown. One huge, mysterious puzzle of awesome is what this is
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12.03.2015 - 04:44
Fat & Sassy!

Had this on in the car tonight, and I had to convince my girlfriend that we weren't listening to Bal-Sagoth again. :/
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12.03.2015 - 05:30
Rating: 9
Unhealer
Eclecticist
I declare the riff at the end of "An Automation Adrift" the best riff of 2015, still nine months before the year's end.
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15.03.2015 - 00:59
Rating: 9
M C Vice
ex-polydactyl
I can hear some Ayreon and Ne Obliviscaris on this one.
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"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
" 'Tis a lie! Thy backside is whole and ungobbled, thou ungrateful whelp!"
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21.03.2015 - 01:47
tibosax

For those who liked this album, you may be interested in Maladie's ...Still...
It also is a kind of avantgarde/prog black metal (but without the folky and psychedelic elements of A Forest Of Stars) and has the same spirit in terms of combination of very different atmospheres.
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03.05.2015 - 14:08
3rdWorld
China was a neat
Hands down album of the year.
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15.07.2015 - 22:55
Tyrannical Hero
Super Normal
I only liked the first song, the rest of the album is a big meh.
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04.09.2015 - 17:51
!J.O.O.E.!
Account deleted
Didn't do much for me, as I expected. I can see why people like it I suppose, but

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22.11.2015 - 01:35
Rating: 10
metalmorph282014

GREAT!!! IS ONE THE MOST GREAT ALBUM THIS YEAR
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06.12.2015 - 00:04
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Awesome album atmo BM, avant-garde, I like female vocals here, mix whit male, its just a beauty together, decent album, band knows how work whit music, boath sex vocals, lyrics what is poetry and sounds, all goes together well ---
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06.12.2015 - 19:26
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Phlegmish
A Forest Of Stars without boat sex is not A Forest Of Stars.
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07.12.2015 - 00:08
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by Guest on 06.12.2015 at 03:20

Dem boat sex vocals


it was probably some staffer who edited it and made it look so weird
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