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Review: Mystic Forest - Welcome Back In The Forest
Mystic Forest
Welcome Back In The Forest

Label: Oaken Shield Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 42:19
Tracks: 13
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.7/5

Review online: January 27, 2005
Reviewed by: Ktb
Readers Rating
Welcome Back In The Forest

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Mystic Forest has to be one of my favourite all-time black metal bands, and I don't think a band this good, of this beauty will ever come along, or at least in the near future or even the next 20 years. OK I should'nt be doing some foreshadowing shit, but the point is that this has to be the best black metal band i've ever heard. As a band overall they've accomplished much, they've never made a single disappointing release. Their releases all sound different, some sound more melodic, and some sound rawer. This release is very unique as usual, but this one has immense "forest" feel to it. The intro "Welcome Back in the Forest" definitely sets the tone, and prepares you for something that will blow you away.

Stefen does an excellent job playing the guitar and composing riffs. A good thing you'll notice about Mystic Forest is that their riffs are varied, and not always cliché'd or generic, but most of the time melodic. The riffs are all very sad and sorrowful. The guitars are extremely emotional, and sometimes the melody follows the vocals. Raw or melodic, the riffs in this album always contain a lot of emotions and are wonderfully played.

The vocals are evil AND emotional as fuck. How can that be, you ask? Well, Mystic Forest have 2 vocalists (one female and one male). The male vocalist screams at the top of his lung, like if the most saddest thing just happened to him, and he isn't pissed, he's just very, VERY sad. The female vocals aren't growled or screamed, they're sang, and the follow the guitars' melodies. They're always emotional, but they shine out the most during the breaks or piano interludes.

The drums are played by a drum machine on this release. But don't fear repetitive and cheesy bullshit. They perfectly fit the music, and they always vary, I'm quite sure the drums are different in each song, except for the extremely fast beats which appear once in a while throughout this album.

The most beautiful thing on this album is undoubtably the classical piano interludes, which have to be the most beatiful interludes i've ever had the pleasure of hearing in my whole life (no kidding), or at least so far.. They don't appear as often as on the other Mystic Forest albums, but when they do appear, they grab you emotionally and don't let go. Just listen once to "La Tristesse d'une pluie d'Automne" and you'll never want to stop listening to it. Not only is it beautiful, but it shows that the Stefen is extremely talented. He must've played and learned theory for a really long time before he could play and compose these interludes.

I'm sure you've already read this for other albums, and it may sound cliché'd to you, but an album of this quality rarely comes by. This isn't as good as their 2004 release "Romances", which is in my opinion the best album of 2004, but it's damn close, and shouldn't be missed by anyone, whether you like black metal or not. Mystic Forest has to be the black metal band I've ever heard that contains the most emotions, and that can grab you emotionally this well.

"Prend garde à cette épée te barrant le chemin toi qui avait osé refuser cette main " - La Dame Verte

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