In The Woods... - Heart Of The Ages review
|Band:||In The Woods...|
|Album:||Heart Of The Ages|
01. Yearning The Seeds Of A New Dimension
02. Heart Of The Ages
03. ...In The Woods
1 - Prologue
2 - Moments Of...
3 - Epilogue
04. Mourning The Death Of Aase
05. Wotan's Return
07. The Divinity Of Wisdom
How bad can an album be, judging by the fact that it starts with "Yearning Seeds of a New Dimension" and ends with "Divinity of Wisdom"? Even if it only contained these two songs it would be undoubtedly classic. "Heart of the Ages" is one of Norway's diamonds, although it doesn't completely belong to the black metal genre. It combines elements of black, doom and avant-garde metal, folk, electronic and classical music, becoming one magnificent piece of art that can satisfy every taste.
The band follows the almost usual concept of anthroposophy and its connection with nature, such as many of their black metal comrades. However, "Heart of the Ages" suggests a different musical approach: some slower rhythms, some programming effects, generous but sufficient amounts of keyboards, minimum use of blastbeats, large song durations and ...SOLOS. The sound becomes vast, elaborate as it is on so many different levels. And that's how this album's difference with traditional black metal becomes noticeable. If you're a black metal fan, you'll surely embrace it. If you support other metal genres, you'll find yourself head-banging with one of its riffs. If you're a fan of the atmospheric sound, then "Heart of the Ages" has a lot to offer you. In any case, it can surely teach you!
I've been trying to define the style of the guitar-body of this album and the only thing I could assume is that it bears the mark of too many classic rock and metal origins. Despite that, it holds all the essence of black metal and it surely can make you shiver. Kobro's firm and thunderous drumming follows the guitar delirium, only to enhance its strength and roughness. In this well-structured chaos, "Transit"'s voice leaps up either to spit out breath-taking and eerie shrieks or to express the wise and beautiful lyrics with a steady and heart-felt tone. Keyboards and female vocals here and there work as fill-ins to expand the already immense sound. Sometimes, the huge atmosphere fades out and calm programming or even small and tranquil guitar parts take place and enhance the general sound to satisfy the ear. The tension however never dies. Listen to the wonderful track "Pigeon", for example.
This is "Heart of the Ages": a colossal album that combines many different elements successfully to become a hymn of Wisdom and Nature that can touch you deeply. When it can be heard, light can be seen. When it can be sensed, divinity can be glimpsed. And that's how moments like the final 6 minutes of "Yearning Seeds of a New Dimension" can never die. They can live on to haunt you forever. Feel free to join this journey!
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