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Review: Old Corpse Road - The Echoes of Tales Once Told
Old Corpse Road
The Echoes of Tales Once Told

Label: Independent
Year released: 2009
Duration: 24:51
Tracks: 3
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: September 18, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (8 Votes)

It is always a pleasant surprise to receive an unexpected promo that happens to fit right into your musical tastes. This is exactly the case here with The Echoes of Tales Once Told. The only bad point about it is that it only contains three songs. Still, with a duration of over 24 minutes, one gets a very good idea about what Old Corpse Road can come up with. The band from the UK was formed in 2007 and the line-up has remained unchanged since.

Black Metal is not only a great genre of music, but also one of the most diversified. You can have some of the most extreme/vicious/rawer style on one side, and on the other side, the over-produced symphonic sub-genre. This album does not belong to either extreme. Well, you do have a bit of the faster times with wicked vocals, but you have more to enjoy. Actually, the best way I could describe their take on the Black Metal arts would be "progressive with folk influences." The vocals are varied, ranging from the sick rasps, growls, spoken, and even epic choirs. Variation is also in the tempos, although they favored the moderate ones, much to my liking. The folksy elements are found mainly in the lead guitar, as well as in the acoustic parts. "The Wild Hunt" and "The Oakmen of Naddle Forest" are where you can hear those delicate harmonies. This is especially true on the first song where Black Metal and Folk alternate in harmony.

This was a relatively short but excellent introduction to Old Corpse Road. I'm looking forward to a full-length from those British storytellers.

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