|Review: Sworn (Armenia) - Tended High|
Label: Haarbn Productions
Year released: 2007
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: January 7, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Here's an album I've been playing quite a few times, always with great pleasure. This Sworn is from Armenia, not to be confused with the Norwegian band of the same name, featuring Lars Jensen (Myrkgrav) on vocals.
The somber and blue cover art reflects the darker atmospheric parts, often played on keyboards, but most of the time the ambient moments are done on acoustic guitars. The opener, "Once a Rainy Solitude", is a sad melancholic instrumental just filled with acoustic duet (arpeggios and lead) accompanied by nature samplings. To my selfish pleasure, I found two more of the same on "Yearning" and on "Nothing Lasts", aside from all the other moments scattered on just about every other songs, graced by those harmonious stringed vibrations. The main direction here is, on one side, folk/ambient and, on the other corner, Doom/Black Metal with a cool progressive touch, all of which woven by mature songwriting. Fat and crunchy guitar riffs for instance make for a great doom time, combined with the wicked growls heard on the title track. Mostly though, rasps or clean vocals are the usual voice chose by Sworn, Armenian version.
Tended High is just plain enjoyable to listen to and if you happened to play acoustic guitars, you'll find many of its parts to be quite inspiring. I'm looking forward to listen more of this Sworn in a near future.
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