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Woods of Ypres : Pursuit of the Sun & Allure of the Earth

If you looked at the tracklist and noticed something odd then, yes you're right, I did leave out track nr 7. That's because there is no nr 7 described on the cover of the CD either. There is only 10 tracks on the CD so that must mean that it's simply not present. Why? I don't know. Might be a misprint, but on the other hand 7 has always been a magical number of some sort. If it's a coincidence then at least it's an interesting one.

Another thing about the album that I stumbled upon was the genre description which was imprinted on the cover: "Summer black metal." I connect summer with warmth, the sun and green woods. As yet another surprise you will find pictures of the forest on beautiful summer days. Isn't black metal supposed to be pale, dark and bleak? Well, not in this case at least. The music is depressive and aggressive like black metal has a tendency to be, but on the other hand it is also warm, somewhat romantic and, well, summery.

The only times that the music does feel dark is when the doom sections kick in. (I guess that's the clue you have all been waiting for). Yes, this CD does contain some awesome doom/black sections. On the other hand it also contains quite up-paced melodic black metal, and metal ballads on acoustic guitars. Not to mention the bands ability to create epic and intense music. If you mixed Agalloch, Borknagar and Ningizzia, then you'd have a pretty good idea of how this sounds.

So who would I recommend this to? I know there are a lot of doom fans who fancy Agalloch's lodge-like atmosphere. I also know that a lot of you enjoy melodic black metal. If, in addition, you enjoy depressive doom/black then you ought to hear this one. It would make most die-hard old-school black metal fans talk about "cats" and "jolly people". So if you're one of those. Stay away (or be converted)! If not, give this a chance. I'm at least keeping this on my list of VIR (Very Important Releases).

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Intro: The Looming Of Dust In The Dark (& The Illumination)
2. The Will To Give
3. The Sun Was In My Eyes: Part One
4. The Sun Was In My Eyes: Part Doom
5. Allure Of The Earth
6. Shedding The Deadwood
8. Dragged Across A Forest Floor
9. Summer's Envy
10. The Ghosts Of Summer's Past
11. Outro: The End Of August

Duration : Approx. 61 minutes.

Visit the Woods of Ypres bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-2005 by Arnstein Petersen
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