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Review: Oscenrad - Beyond the Fells
Beyond the Fells

Label: Independent
Year released: 2021
Duration: 54:03
Tracks: 6
Genre: Folk Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: May 3, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Beyond the Fells

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

Oscenrad is a one-man band playing the mix of melodic extreme metal (Metal Archives lists the band as melodic death, but it sounds black to me) and acoustic/folk music that Bathory pioneered and bands like Finsterforst have expanded upon. The folk elements of Oscenrad's music remind me of Vintersorg or Falkenbach and their music isn't as visceral as some of the more well-known epic black and death metal bands out there. It sounds good, the mix of folk instrumentation is well done, and the vocals are well suited to the style, but for me it sounds like the goal was to come up with something with the feel of Summoning and it doesn't really work. I'm not carried away by the atmosphere the way I believe I'm intended to be. Maybe I'm wrong and I like Beyond the Fells but for reasons different than I expected. Fans of epic black and death metal should check it out for themselves.

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