(atmoblack/folk from Scotland. FFO: Panopticon, Winterfylleth, Falls of Rauros)
Metal can be the perfect gateway to another world. Saor knows how to transport a listener like no other, usually to some Scottish highland a long, long time ago. This fifth record is no different and while I encourage bands to change, I’m happy Origins is more or less what I expected it to be: big, lush, folky, atmospheric black metal with great melodies, perfect production and some really heavy riffs.
I’m convinced that even people who don’t like prog can appreciate Porcupine Tree. I know I did when I wasn’t very much into the genre, but because of what he did with Opeth I had to check out In Absentia, and I’m happy I did. It’s good to hear the Steven Wilson led band is still in top form. Great songs, great sound.
(grind from the USA. FFO: Wake, Full of Hell, Yautja)
I believe it was Immortal Bird that described their music as ‘slow grind / fast doom’, which I think is brilliant. Anyway, Knoll is ‘fast grind / fast doom’ and while yes, I’m trying to be funny, it’s also very correct. Further arguments for this band here