|Review: Saor - Forgotten Paths|
Label: Avantgarde Music
Year released: 2019
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: March 30, 2019
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)
I have really enjoyed Saor's past albums, and I really like this one, even if I don't think it is quite as good as Guardians. Saor play a folkish variety of epic, atmospheric Black Metal with big songs, sweeping melodies, and a heavy mood of misty, mysterious landscapes and ancient eras. If the US scene has a lot of "Cascadian" bands, then this might be referred to as "Caledonian", as while it sounds distinct, the spirit is very similar. The melodies are first-rate, vocals are mixed low and sparse, and keys are employed expertly to increase the atmosphere.
The only major gripes I can have with this album are that it is rather shorter than past Saor albums, with only three of the big, epic songs we have come to expect, and that the fourth song is an abbreviated work that is under five minutes and is too mellow for its own good. So, despite my enjoyment of this disc, for Saor it is a bit of a letdown.
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