Friday, August 5, 2011

Ancient Wisdom/For Snow Covered The Northland/Avantgarde Music/1995 CD Review

Ancient Wisdom are a band from Sweden that plays a very atmospheric and melodic form of black metal that is heavily influenced by doom metal and this is a review of their 1995 album "For Snow Covered The Northland" which was released by Avantgarde Music.

Drums are mostly slow to midpaced beats with no fast playing or blast beats being utilized and at times there is some percussion and drum programming being used, while the pianos and keyboards gives the music a very dark and atmospheric edge, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone that follows the riffs coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow to midpaced black metal riffing that contains alot of melody and a mixture of doom/death metal as well as first wave black metal influences, while the lead guitars are very melodic with the guitar solos having alot of classic metal influences, as for the classical guitar it is all fingerpicked giving the music a cold atmospheric/ambient feel.

Vocals are high pitched black metal screams with the ocassional clean vocals as well as deep death metal growls being used at times, while the lyrics cover alot of depressing and nature themes with a touch of evil and some ritual summoning from the left hand path, as for the production on this recording which was recorded at The Garageland Studio during December of 1994 has a very raw and dark feel but still retains a very professional approach.

In my opinion Ancient Wisdom where a very talented and underrated band from the beginning of the second wave of black metal, if you are a fan of melodic black metal with a doom edge you should check this band out. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "They Gather Where Snow Falls Forever" "Through Rivers Of The Ancient Blackness" "No Tears At His Funeral" and "Forest Of Summoning Spirits". RECOMMENDED BUY.