Friday, February 27, 2015

A Forest Of Stars "Beware the Sword You Cannot See"

Country: UK
Genre(s)Progressive Rock, Black Metal
LabelProphecy Productions
FormatCD, vinyl, digital
Release dateFebruary 27, 2015
1. Drawing Down The Rain (9:31)
2. Hive Mindless (7:28)
3. A Blaze of Hammers (7:28)
4. Virtus Sola Invicta (6:15)
5. Proboscis Master Versus The Powdered Seraphs Pawn on the Universal Chessboard (7:18)
6. Part I: Mindslide (2:21)
7. Part II: Have You Got A Light, Boy? (3:58)
8. Part III: Perdurabo (3:20)
9. Part IV: An Automaton Adrift (4:13)
10. Part V: Lowly Worm (2:12)
11. Part VI: Let There Be No Light (5:14)

Mister Curse - Vocals
Katheryne, Queen of the Ghosts - Violin, Flute, Vocals
The Gentleman - Keyboards, Percussion
Mr Titus Lungbutter - Bass
Mr John "The Resurrectionist" Bishop - Drums, Percussion
Mr T.S. Kettleburner - Guitar, Vocals
Mr William Wight-Barrow - Guitars

The music is often driven by the searing guitar riffs, blisteringly fast drums, and high pitched screams you would expect from a black metal band, but there is so much else going on in the course of each track, it’s at first bewildering to behold. There are portions of the album that remind me of late 90s doom and prog bands like Porcupine Tree, My Dying Bride, The Gathering, and Forest of Shadows (with a definite hint of early Opeth in there too). There are also folk-inspired breaks where you’re treated to sublime flutes and violins, and there’s 70s psychedelic synth and keyboard.
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