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Review: Old Forest - None More Black
Old Forest
None More Black

Label: D.T.M. Productions
Year released: 2014
Duration: 37:27
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: June 24, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
None More Black

Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

This is an interesting album that sees Old Forest experimenting somewhat, but to me at least that means it has a few annoyances. Overall, this is good stuff. Very doomy, creepy, dark, haunting, mostly raw black metal that sounds quite nightmarish. The vocals are mostly rasps that would scare the crap out of the uninitiated, but they also have a bit of choirs and some clean vocals, all of which actually sound pretty good and not out of place in the context of the album. This is quite different from their debut, which is still one of my go-to black metal albums, but that sound is still alive and well here, popping up every now and then to bring terror to the unsuspecting mind. Where they lose me, however, is when things get weird. "Psychoactive Satan" is mostly just noise. Some people dig that stuff. I don't. The only good thing about it is that it's still dark and kind of creepy, but it's too long and really annoying. Closer "The Curse" is noisy but not quite as bad, but I find it's still a chore to get through. These two aside, None More Black is a pretty good black metal album rooted in the second wave but incorporating some ideas that came later, making for a varied album that often catches the listener off guard.

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