Click to enlarge
Forgotten Paths = Digipack = (CD)
Among the hordes of black metal bands that have arisen from the UK in the past decade or so, like Ninkharsag or Winterfylleth, the Scottish one-man project Saor is the most sonically creative. Since his first full-length, Roots, back in 2013, Andy Marshall has been the sole proprietor of the Saor name, performing all instruments and vocals for all four albums - including this year's Forgotten Paths. I was never in any doubt of what would emerge from this effort; lengthy, atmospheric black metal compositions replete with beautiful soaring folk melodies and stunning album art to match. I was not wrong. Andy seems incapable of writing low-quality music. Admittedly, I was initially disappointed at this album's length. Forgotten Paths is at least 13 minutes shorter than his next shortest album, and it rides the fine line between anticipation and dissatisfaction. The folk instruments really come into their own here. The melodies on Guardians may have been more obviously pronounced but, on Forgotten Paths, they fuse with the clamorous black metal beneath and become integral to the compositional structure of each track. In fact, the whole of the latter half of "Monadh" is built around one simple folk melody, being built up and up to a grandiose conclusion. This kind of textural crescendo feels so much more natural and Marshall has nailed the art. The other tracks are constructed differently; the title-track being more of a tertiary piece containing a celestial, almost ethereal, middle-section with a superbly contrapuntal texture. At the eight-minute mark, you won't believe that there are at least seven instruments/voices all playing different lines yet somehow all working together in sublime harmony. When this reaches it's furious climax around the 9:30 point, it leaves me almost satisfyingly exhausted. Hold on to the moments like these, they are what give this album 100% replay value.
169 SEK 
 
  Tell a friend   Inform me
Use the form below to send information about this product to a friend.
Your name    Your e-mail
Send
Your friend's name Your friend's e-mail
Enter your email address to be automatically informed when this item is back in stock
Your e-mail   
Send
Not in stock. Usually ships within 12-16 days.
Specifications
Type: CD
Recorded: 2019
Release Date: 2019-02-12
Label: Avantgarde Music
Country: Euro
Item No: AV358
Customer rating & reviews
Rate this item | Review this item
Track List
01 Forgotten Paths 11:04
02 Monadh 10:20
03 Bròn 12:21
04 Exile 4:50
Browse by Top List - 100 items Show as list
CD
29 SEK
 
EGONAUT
Mount Egonaut
CD
99 SEK
 
SAN MICHAELS
Nattåg
CD
99 SEK
 
SAN MICHAELS
S/T
CD
99 SEK
 
ABRAMIS BRAMA
Live!
CD
169 SEK
 
NEKTAR
The Other Side
CD
 
89 SEK
 
CLASH
Combat Rock
CD
129 SEK
 
WASTED
Electrified
Pages:  [1 2 
Items per page: 25 [50] 100 
Next page  
Others also bought