|Review: Ancient Wind - The Chosen Slain|
|The Chosen Slain|
Label: To the Head Records
Year released: 2015
Review online: April 29, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:The Chosen Slain
Melodic blackened Death Metal; that’s right up my alley. From Glenwood Springs, Colorado hails this quintet better known as Ancient Wind, which has been around since 2011. Prior to the release of the band’s first full-length album, The Chosen Slain, these metallers put out a 4-track EP in 2012 titled Blackened Battle Metal. I think the EP’s title could not be any more misleading. Blackened Death Metal would be more appropriate.
The Chosen Slain speaks volumes about these lads’ creative abilities. It’s funny but every time I give this album a spin there are two bands they remind me of; Immortal and Iron Maiden. Yep, that’s right. Some of their guitar melodies seem to come from the Murray/Smith axis, but when they tune their guitars to a Black Metal tone, it’s definitely Immortal’s name that tends to pop up. Combining elements from Maiden and Immortal seems to work well for them with Immortal’s dark ghost being the dominating specter on The Chosen Slain. Much of the material is very up-tempo Black/Death Metal that is played with a remarkable amount of speed and few moments of calm, something they could pay some additional attention to in the future. It could give a bit more depth and edge to their compositions.
From start to finish Ancient Wind paints an impressive picture with The Chosen Slain. It is full of cool musical bits and pieces, which deserve a lot of credit. However, please do something with your sloppy logo. I assume you want to sell a perfect package to your fans, right? Just some free advice... ;o)
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