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Review: Elite - We Own the Mountains
Elite
www.myspace.com/elitenorway
We Own the Mountains

Label: Folter Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 47:56
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: October 17, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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We Own the Mountains

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Review

When I got this promo, I was excited, thinking We Own the Mountains was some Black Metal with Folk/Viking aspects. Well, I was a bit disappointed, but not completely. First, Elite is a Norwegian Black Metal act, so their music can't be that bad after all! Besides, the guys are now signed to Folter Records, and most of what I got from the German label so far had been very good.

When a Black Metal band comes up with a title like We Own the Mountains , we are more than likely going to hear some Folk/Viking elements in their music. For one thing, a couple tracks are blessed by the melodic tonalities of an acoustic guitar - "Amanita Muscaria" and Rovnatt". As an aside, many of the songs are done in their native tongue, something usually very enjoyable in the Black Metal arts. Then, on the closing instrumental track, simply named "Outro", you'll only hear acoustic guitars and footsteps , before a door closes the album for good. More significantly though, a nice epic feel is omnipresent, caused by the lead guitar playing, especially true when the tremolo picking is present. One odd element, if I can say so, this same lead guitar takes on a rather progressive approach on quite a few occasions. This is being reflected by some cool time signatures, or just in the patterns the guitarist is following. All this make Elite sounds different from its peers.

The entire album is actually pleasant, even if a bit too much on the fast mode for me. The production is slightly raw, but we can handle some rawness in Black Metal, can't we? My overall favorite track is called "Amanita Muscaria".

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