Finnr's Cane - Wanderlust review

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Band: Finnr's Cane
Album: Wanderlust
Release date: March 2010

01. The Healer
02. Snowfall
03. A Winter For Shut-Ins
04. The Lost Traveller
05. Glassice
06. The Hope For Spring
07. Eternal
08. House Of Memory

Atmospheric black metal
Frostscald Records

Line-up on the CD:
The Bard - vocals, guitar
The Peasant - drums
The Slave - synthesizers, cello

These guys are weird: their band name is weird, their concept is weird, even their sound is weird. And I love it. Probably because I'm weird. But you don't have to be weird to enjoy Finnr's Cane's debut album, Wanderlust. You do have to leave your expectations at the door and enter with an open mind, however.

Atmospheric black metal is one of those genres where a lot of bands are tagged with the same limited descriptor, yet so many variables are overlooked due to the seemingly omnipotent classification. These defiant Canadians are here to prove that some bands will fight to outmaneuver their genre restrictions, even if it means pushing the envelope. Mixing dark ambiance and post-jazz-influenced drumming techniques with what can only be described as an overpowering jam session makes Wanderlust a truly dark horse in a sea of unicorns. Weird enough for you yet?

Wanderlust is a showcase for delicacy - beauty in nature, tranquility in times of anxiety, solace in the face of peril. Through its esoteric harmonies one can find an unlimited source of energetic relaxation. Naturally when an album is faced with such a bombardment of paradoxes it is often due to its versatility, and in this case Finnr's Cane provide us with a plethora of texture. The key here is the subdued infrastructure. At first listen Wanderlust glides by without much notice, sometimes translucent and not substantial enough to garner any real attention; however, further inspection reveals the band's compassion and integrity, making for a more aerial perception. There are tedious moments that break up the easygoing listen, though they are too few and far between to make a real disturbance.

The Peasant's black metal blastbeats augment the effervescent chants and shrieks of The Bard, while The Slave supplies woeful melodies with stupefying synth work, adding to an already muddled ideology:

There once lived a peasant who grew up in a poor village near the kingdom. All his life he desired nothing more than knowledge, so when he heard about the river of ethereal knowledge, naturally he was excited. He soon became consumed by the desire to find this sacred place.

One day he ran into a mysterious looking old woman who saw him and immediately approached him, saying "Very few have ever returned from seeing the river of ethereal knowledge. They say that a god's knowledge can kill a man."

Ignoring her warnings, he asked her if she knew its location. She laughed loudly at him.

"But don't you see it? It is all around us. It is not a physical manifestation, but rather a method of perception."

He looked around him and thought about what she said, but still didn't understand.

"Close your eyes," she told him. And he did.

Just then, The Bard came in and began playing the most beautiful music... Entranced by the sounds, The Peasant slipped away into a wild hallucination.

Snowwaves, Windbells, Glassice.

And that is Finnr's Cane in a nut shell. Like all music it is merely a method of perception when deciding whether or not what you hear is "good" or "bad". The difference matters not, however, for Wanderlust is all around us.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 9


Written on 01.06.2010 by Just another opinionated guy telling you what to listen to.


Comments: 11   Visited by: 221 users
01.06.2010 - 02:56
Troy Killjoy
Canadian orders are $12.00, American orders are $15.00, and international orders are 12.00:
Prettier than BloodTears.
01.06.2010 - 03:19
Fat & Sassy!
Sounds sexy. I hope this album is as interesting as the review.
"Information is not knowledge
Knowledge is not wisdom
Wisdom is not truth
Truth is not beauty
Beauty is not love
Love is not music
Music is THE BEST..." ____Frank Zappa
01.06.2010 - 03:22
Troy Killjoy
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 01.06.2010 at 03:19

Sounds sexy. I hope this album is as interesting as the review.

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Prettier than BloodTears.
01.06.2010 - 04:09
Got Mayhem?
Definitely sounds like something to check out asap. Well written review too!
01.06.2010 - 04:16
Troy Killjoy
Written by Got Mayhem? on 01.06.2010 at 04:09

Definitely sounds like something to check out asap. Well written review too!

Thanks! Just keep in mind it's a bit of a grower, so don't judge it until you've let it sink in.
Prettier than BloodTears.
01.06.2010 - 09:43
Sounds like something I would enjoy, I'm definitely going to give this a try. I'm interested in checking the jazz perspective of the record because for it not to be annoying they need to be very subtle and delicate in the execution. But it seems from this compelling review that they did it right.
Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone.
01.06.2010 - 11:05
Retired Staff
First few times I heard this record it didn't leave much of an impression. Though I do remember its cold and almost melancholic climate. Seems like I should listen to it again then, so yeah, good review.
Your favorite band sucks.
01.06.2010 - 11:07
The song SNowfall, has amazing riff and melody.
there is nothing left to die for...
01.06.2010 - 16:29
Account deleted
Interesting review but I think you over-egged the pudding a bit; this strikes me as little more than an adequate attempt at a doomed up Alcest with a few aimless (perhaps the reason for it being entitled "Wanderlust") post-rock/metal sections/songs thrown in for good measure. I'd be hesitant to call this atmospheric black metal either really, or even, bar about 3 minutes of the total, black metal at all; a few sombre chords and an overly reverbed/produced guitar tone doesn't make it so. An amusing trifle, but a trifle nonetheless.
02.06.2010 - 18:30
Getting it^^
02.06.2010 - 19:19
Troy Killjoy
Written by silenius on 02.06.2010 at 18:30

Getting it^^

Awesome! It's limited to 1000 copies, so the sooner you buy it the better.

If you go to the Frostscald website you'll notice you have to make a minimum payment for an order - if that's not within your budget just order directly from the band. Look at the first comment in this review thread for more information.
Prettier than BloodTears.

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