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Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg : The Forest of DOOM




Our good friends Belegur and Thundarr (I take it that the pictures of the two trolls near the pseudonymes of the band members are not really representative for their looks) take us with them in an ethereal journey through the forest of doom. Bathing in a Burzumesque ambience (a vague production which seems to be very distant and very clear at the same time), their music is an amazing trip which takes the listener far away from the daily routine, creating an unique atmosphere of tranquility and serenity.

The references are pretty clear: the ambient moments of Burzum come immediately to mind when listening to this work. Yet, the creators of this ambient demo have managed to show more than enough creativity and own ideas: the combination of the subdued spoken voice, the distant distortion guitars (perhaps reminding a bit of the other excellent ambient doom project Until Death Overtakes Me), the bass which is moving around freely between the other instruments and the synth flute creates a strangely doomy atmosphere which shall certainly appeal to some doom fans.

The music drifts along endlessly without ever reaching a destination, suggesting the circular rather than linear composing tendencies of its creators. The evoked mood is not really depressive, neither 'happy' of course. A strange feel of serenity and calmness seems to linger all over this work.

This demo is very appropriate to meditate upon and I would suggest it to all doom fans who need some quiet meditation music between the relentless heaviness of the heavy ordnance of the genre...

Reviewer's rating: Unrated

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Tracklist :
1. Descent from the Mountains of Madness
2. The Dreamshadows
3. Voyage Through the Aether (I)
4. The Forest of Doom
5. The Ancients
6. Voyage Through the Aether (II)

Duration : Approx. 49 minutes.

Visit the Trollmann Av Ildtoppberg bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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