|Review: Wodensthrone - Loss|
Label: Bindrune Recordings
Year released: 2009
Genre: Pagan Metal
Review online: September 24, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (16 Votes)
It's been a while since I treated myself to some Pagan Metal – basically Black Metal with a Pagan-style lyrical theme, and usually – as is the case here – a bit of an epic feel. Wodensthrone hail from the UK, but I find their sound borrows a lot from some Eastern European Pagan outfits – maybe a lighter version of Graveland as the driving force here, for instance; the guitar melodies as well as the drums tend to remind me of that Polish Pagan horde. On the vocals side, there are some similarities, but Wodensthrone use more "screeches" and less of the very low rasps (not much of that, in fact.)
So, no surprises here – it's what one would expect from Pagan Metal – slow to mid-paced Black Metal that's adequately produced, vocals that take a backstage to the music, lots of atmosphere – mostly epic and soothing, tasteful use of keyboards (not too much and not overwhelming), and the occasional use of sound effects (small waves hitting the shore, that kind of relaxing stuff.) Throw in some acoustic passages for seasoning, and there you are, all the regular ingredients are in there. Not overly original, but very well done, and one does feel the urge to hit play again once the album is over. I could listen to this all day and not get tired of it. Definitely worth checking out for fans of the genre.
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