Friday, September 16, 2016

In The Woods... "Pure"

Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Doom Avant Metal
Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: September 16, 2016
01. Pure
02. Blue Oceans Rise (Like A War)
03. Devil's At The Door
04. The Recalcitrant Protagonist
05. The Cave Of Dreams
06. Cult Of Shining Stars
07. Towards The Black Surreal
08. Transmission KRS
09. This Dark Dream
10. Mystery Of The Constellations

James Fogarty - Vocals, Guitars and Keys
X-Botteri - Guitars
C:M Botteri - Bass
Anders Kobro - Drums

The prolonged absence has led to a propulsive reinvigoration, a renewed directness and melodic refinement, a set of addictive songs grounded in the same strain of epic, atmospheric and psychedelic blackened Prog-Doom the band mined for their 1997 masterpiece "Omnio" – although this record is anything but a re-tread of old terrain.
As always with ITW the exploratory nature of the music stems from the freedom of 70's progressive rock: the dreaminess of vintage FLOYD and CAMEL, the skewed restlessness of prime CRIMSON, the perpetual questing of GABRIEL-era GENESIS and subtle Krautrock intimations.
The band have evolved, matured, the unit revelling in the pleasures of restraint. The mind-chaos of youth has transmogrified into the dark divinity of wisdom that only experience can bring - a welcome respite in times of ephemeral pleasures and hyperactive multiplicities.
At core "Pure" is a collection of huge-sounding, all-enveloping cosmic tales - a supermassive record fusing epic Dark Metal with hook-ridden doom-tinged modernism, the mind’s eye trained far beyond the archaic firmament deep into worlds unknown.
Cult Of Shining Stars


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