|Review: Crystal Moors - The Unconquered Land|
|The Unconquered Land|
Label: Draug-Dûr Productions
Year released: 2003
Genre: Black/Folk Metal
Review online: December 17, 2007
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
for:The Unconquered Land
Rated 2/5 (40%) (1 Vote)
Formed back in '95 by Erun Dagoth, Crystal Moors cals their style "Cantabrian Pagan Metal". January 2003 was when the band took their music to the studio and recorded The Unconquered Land MCD.
The band consists of six musicians, including two guitar players. One of them, Faramir, also handles acoustic guitars, whistle and clean vocals while the other, Gothmog, takes care of the modern side (keyboards and samplings) of the music. The music on this disc is melodic and the slightly raw production suits Crystal Moors' brand of epic/ Folk Black Metal. On the opening track, War Cries of Vindio, which starts calmly with flute and acoustic guitars, the guys blow you away from the beginning with a wide array of emotion and influences incorporated into their songwriting. Indeed, this great composition is calm one minute and more epic the next one with choirs and discrete symphonic keyboards; the tempo moves from mid to fast, ending with a Pagan/Black tone. Thundering percussions, distorted guitars, growls, rasps and choirs are forming the core lines of their work. The more folksy passages of acoustic guitars come in as nice droplets after the storm. Battle samplings with horses and swords are found on the short instrumental Before the Bone Storm, while on the closing track, Nabia Prebia, a calm/ambient piece, is played on acoustic guitars on a keyboard background.
The Unconquered Land is rugged and soothing at the same time, making one looking forward to a future full length.
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