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Released: Jul 20, 2012
Genre: Psychedelic Black Metal, Progressive Black Metal
Label: Prophecy Productions
Number Of Tracks: 10
The latest in the New Wave of British Black Metal titans give an ornate wood punch to the mind with their Victorian themed dreamy "A Shadowplay For Yesterdays".
A Shadowplay For Yesterdays
avpr212, on october 29, 2012 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: If it exists, there is metal of it. And now the Victorians have their turn with the mighty A Forest Of Stars. The latest in the New Wave of British Black Metal titans give an ornate wood punch to the mind with their Victorian themed dreamy "A Shadowplay For Yesterdays", and is one of the tightest releases in the genre. From the multi-layered guitar tracks laden with accordions and violins to the drums which run at a beautiful half time, slowing the beat down into a hypnotic trance. This has some of the finest songwriting, and the record sounds absolutely massive. // 10
Lyrics: The vocals sounds like a beast screaming in ecstasy as it bites into your throat and drinks your blood. It fades neatly into the music, leaving the trance of the instruments to open you up, and the vocals come in to devour you. This is Black Metal at its smartest, and will give you a Black Metal hangover for days as it keeps you in its trance. He's a man of the world, but his is a small world/ being a world whirled and whipped inside a filth caked skull. The lyrics perfectly suit the vocals, and are perfectly nihilistic and aggressive. // 10
Overall Impression: If nothing else, you'll want to check out "Gatherer Of The Pure" just to find out what "Victorian Black Metal" could be. And if you check that out, you'll want to check out the rest of the album. Some of the strongest, smartest songwriting you'll ever experience. If you're not a fan of Lo-fi, this is a midway between regular and lo-fi, just enough to give the atmosphere while retaining clarity. Fully deserving of a 10.