|Review: Forlesen - Black Terrain|
Label: I, Voidhanger Records
Year released: 2022
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: February 23, 2023
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)
This is not an album for the attention-challenged, as the very first track is the 19-minute behemoth, "Strega," and the music on offer here is often almost Funeral Doom levels of slow. Forlesen mix a compressed, almost Black Metal guitar sound with their mournfully melodic Doom riffing, creating an oppressive soundscape with flavoring from both post-metal and entirely ambient sounds. But you can't dismiss this, as the majority of the time they keep the heaviness front and center and their riffs are excellent. The vocals are mostly harsh, but there are extensive passages of clean singing and layered, choral sounds. It tells you a lot about this band and where they are coming from that the title track of this album is a 9-minute ambient piece, and then they rip into the blistering 12 minutes of "Harrowed Earth". If you want Doom mixed with some Cascadian-styled songwriting and a ton of atmosphere, then get this, it's not an album like any other you will hear this year.
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