Wildernessking - Mystical Future review




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Band: Wildernessking
Album: Mystical Future
Release date: February 2016


01. White Horses
02. I Will Go To Your Tomb
03. To Transcend
04. With Arms Like Wands
05. If You Leave


After years of keeping the tension high with promising EPs, Wildernessking finally enlighten our new year with their long awaited second full-length, entitled Mystical Future. The South African gang amazed me back in the year 2012 when I did one of my very first official reviews here and just like me (insert stupidly grinning face here), they stay true to their roots. Because outside my cosmos they are probably not as big as Metallica or Iron Maiden, let it be said that Wildernessking play a modern, progressive style of black metal, atmospheric, yet technically demanding.

Mystical Future features five songs, one of which has been garnished with quite an unusual video. The music is mainly mid-tempo based and riff-laden, changing tempo and key here and there while not ruining the main vibe of each song. Harmonies blend in with faster parts, rhythms carry the music through slower parts and many things in-between can be discovered. The most interesting aspects of Mystical Future are the calm song "To Transcend" and the implementation of female vocals on "If You Leave". In general there are no weak songs or fillers on Mystical Future, but a very good level of musicianship and songwriting is maintained throughout the album. A remarkable point about the production is that the drums are focused and direct, while all the other instruments and vocals seem further away or in a big hall. This is of course something one has to get used to, but it definitely fits the mood.

It appears that the main idea behind Wildernessking is the band itself, as it definitely sounds like some guys having fun while jamming some cool vibes. This groovy attitude, paired with the metal character of the music itself is a combination that can hardly be found among black metal bands. While I don't mind "trve" bands at all, it's like breathing fresh air when finding something like this from time to time. Wildernessking don't play something unique or new, but they do it with pleasure and dedication and that's what makes their music good. Mystical Future is therefore a 'lekker' album, recommended to any fan of good music, whether a friend of black metal or not.


 



Written on 26.01.2016 by "The future is not guaranteed, all we have is today.
And Today, we have Metal." - Karl Sanders


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27.01.2016 - 21:50
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Tage Westerlund
This might be soon some super group from Africa, that continent has no super group ;(
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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28.01.2016 - 18:14
Malignar
Pretty good if you like atmospheric non riff based black metal. A lot of strumming the same chord over and over. Not really my thing.
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29.01.2016 - 22:35
boo-boo
A great album indeed. Gets more and more interesting with each listen.
Btw, does anyone know who the female vocalist in the last song is?
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30.01.2016 - 06:09
Lord_Regnier
What a stupid idea to release an album only on vinyl in 2016.
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30.01.2016 - 12:22
boo-boo
Written by Lord_Regnier on 30.01.2016 at 06:09

What a stupid idea to release an album only on vinyl in 2016.

You can also get a cassette.
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30.01.2016 - 13:14
Karlabos
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Written by Lord_Regnier on 30.01.2016 at 06:09

What a stupid idea to release an album only on vinyl in 2016.

Yeah, they should totally record it on a more modern format, like CD or DVD. Oh, Wait...
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05.02.2016 - 09:26
Paw!!
Written by Lord_Regnier on 30.01.2016 at 06:09

What a stupid idea to release an album only on vinyl in 2016.

What you want? Blu-ray format?
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06.02.2016 - 00:40
Lord_Regnier
Written by Paw!! on 05.02.2016 at 09:26

Written by Lord_Regnier on 30.01.2016 at 06:09

What a stupid idea to release an album only on vinyl in 2016.

What you want? Blu-ray format?


Funny reply. I only meant that I don't mind at all if a band releases something on vinyl. After all, there is a market for that (mostly collectors), as small as it is. However, they should definitely release also a CD version (not talking specifically of this album but for every album released nowadays).
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07.02.2016 - 12:44
1Yossarian1
Written by Lord_Regnier on 30.01.2016 at 06:09

What a stupid idea to release an album only on vinyl in 2016.


It's released on all formats....
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09.02.2016 - 13:41
Paw!!
Written by Lord_Regnier on 06.02.2016 at 00:40

Written by Paw!! on 05.02.2016 at 09:26

Written by Lord_Regnier on 30.01.2016 at 06:09

What a stupid idea to release an album only on vinyl in 2016.

What you want? Blu-ray format?


Funny reply. I only meant that I don't mind at all if a band releases something on vinyl. After all, there is a market for that (mostly collectors), as small as it is. However, they should definitely release also a CD version (not talking specifically of this album but for every album released nowadays).

Don't get me wrong. Is not that cool if a band release on blu-ray format? I have couple collection on blue-ray format.
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