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Review: Skogyr - Rainchants

Label: BadMoodMan Music
Year released: 2007
Duration: 40:01
Tracks: 5
Genre: Pagan Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: May 20, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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After a few minutes, what struck me about this album is that there were no vocals.  I can probably count with one hand the number of full-length instrumental releases I have in my collection. This is Atmospheric Pagan Metal, mostly mid-paced stuff through and through, albeit with a few slower passages, and the mandatory nature sounds in a few places.  At times I was reminded of some of Burzum later material (but pre-dating the keyboard albums) - I was somehow expecting Varg's twisted, sick demonic screams to pop in at any time.  Incidentally that never happened. ;)  The atmosphere is very competently done, somewhat doomy and melancholic, but in the end you just feel like it's going nowhere.  A lot of it is quite repetitive, and at times it almost feels like a disc that's skipping.  But despite this, when you're in the mood for relaxing to music that you don't want to pay too much attention to - more or less background music, it flows pretty well. What I like the most is the drum beat which subconsciously results in quite a bit of foot-tapping. :) There's nothing flashy on the guitars, but the tone is perfect for the mood of the album.

The sole band member obviously has good flair for atmosphere, but he'll need to add a bit more diversity on the next album.  Rainchants may be beautiful and soothing in its monotonous character, but most people will want more.

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