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Review: Great Vast Forest - Battletales And Songs Of Steel
Great Vast Forest
Battletales And Songs Of Steel

Label: Evil Horde Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 43:23
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: April 11, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Battletales And Songs Of Steel

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)

One of those discs I picked up just because it looked cool. Great Vast Forest are part of the underground Brazilian Black Metal scene. They put out an EP last year, so they are apparently still going strong. This was their debut.

This is some fun pagan BM in the vein of Berserk's first disc or maybe old Emperor. GVF are melodic, though they don't overdo the keys. They are harsh, but not what I call 'grim' or 'minimalist'. I don't know, I like this disc a lot, and it reminds me a good bit of Govanon's Ancient Order Of Cuthulu Serpent – another South American BM disc I like a lot, despite that it is not really original or outstanding. GVF don't make anything new, but they do manage a great deal of atmosphere, which is what keeps me coming back to this one despite its shortcomings.

But I tell you, Evil Horde Records sure know how to issue a CD. This comes in a badass slipcase edition with great art and a really cool slick paper booklet. Just awesome presentation all around. Even if one of the band members does call himself Goat Perversion. This is a cool little CD, and fans of 'woodsy' pagan Black Metal should check it out, as it makes a nice addition to the collection.

Track Listing:
  1. Intro/The Rings Of Power
  2. Pagan Kingdom
  3. Wolvesclan
  4. The Gate Behind The Mountain
  5. Masters Of The Old War
  6. Cold Souls Of The Forest
  7. Majestic South
  8. Stormtroops
  9. Imperial Moon
  10. And Of Blood Was Covered The Hill…
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