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Review: Hrizg - Oaken Path of Grief
Oaken Path of Grief

Label: Wraith Productions
Year released: 2006
Duration: 48:39
Tracks: 12
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: December 27, 2007
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (6 Votes)

Not much is known about this one-man band, who even goes as far as writing on the back "No contact-no interviews". Hrizg plays all the instruments (guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, whistle and vocals). Pisanhate helped him with drums on a couple tracks. Oaken Path of Grief was mostly recorded in 2005 with some extra tracks done in 2006.

At first, I was wondering a bit about this promo since it came with two Pagan/Folk Black Metal discs. The first 3-4 songs are of the old school type, with a pretty good sound production. Among the distortion and furious paces one can decipher some clean arpeggios, varied sick vocals, a bit of electronics and occasional epic leads. "The Calling of Disguise" surprised me with its acoustic intro, mid-paced Black Metal and distorted arpeggios only to be really thrown off by a nice epic instrumental on "Sorrow." On this last one, pounding percussions, flute and keyboards are not without reminding me of Summoning. A dark and spacey instrumental follows on track 6. Then comes a nice series of varied Black Metal madness and more instrumentals to balance the ambience. The closing track comes off as a good little folksy tune made of thunder, haunted whispers, clean guitar work, flute and keys, all of which close the opus quite nicely.

"Oaken Path of Grief" will move the listener from old school Black Metal to ambient/folksy parts, while carrying a nice epic edge along its musical lines.

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