|Review: Borean Dusk - Borean Dusk|
Year released: 2010
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: August 26, 2019
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Borean Dusk are an all-instrumental Progressive Metal band whose self-titled debut only has one song under the 10-minute mark: are you afraid yet? To be fair, they distinguish themselves by having folk instruments, a mixture of heaviness and ambience, and even a great feel for driving, technical riffs. Unfortunately, they're only able to pull it all together for one song, the awesome opener "Wolf-Totem". From there, we get songs that are split into overlong ambient sections and heavier, riff-driven segments that also go on for far too long. There are flashes of brilliance tucked away in all of this, and the first track shows a band that could create some blazing, shamanistic greatness if they tightened their songwriting, incorporated their folk influences into their metal more, and cut their song lengths by about a third. Sadly, by the time you get halfway through the mind-numbing ambient section of the 19-minute abortion "Scarab Wings and Scorpion Eyes", you've heard everything they're going to do, and most of it is too annoying to properly recommend to anyone.
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