|Review: Walknut - Graveforests and their Shadows|
|Graveforests and their Shadows|
Label: Stellar Winter Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: November 30, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
for:Graveforests and their Shadows
I was under the impression that Walknut was a Norwegian act. Maybe this was because of the description I had on the info that came with the MP3s. I bit of research on Myspace revealed their actual home as the Russian Federation.
Walknut is said to include members of Forest, Nitberg and Temnozor. Their music is inspired by nature and mysticism, which is a good hint already as to what musical path those fellows had taken. Grave Forests and Their Shadows contains six tracks and lasts a little over 40 minutes. Half of the compositions, the shorter ones, are instrumentals. Opener, "Hrimfaxi" is an ambient/keyboard piece whereas "The Midnight Forest of the Runes" leans more towards the heavier side; still nice harmonies are being offered, mind you. The closing track, "Skinfaxi" steps up the pace, while adding a nice epic touch. As for the other, much longer (10-11 minutes) three songs, we can enjoy very good and ambient Black Metal similar, but with its own feel, to bands like Burzum and Strid. The pace is generally moderate, combined with a massive combination of distorted riffs and ambient keyboards. If you add to this a great and discrete ghostly rasp echoing from beyond, then you have a neatly grim scenery unveiling before your ears. Graveforests and their Shadows offers mesmerizing sonic structures that don't vary too much in style, so you better be into this type of music. Personally, I found this new release rather pleasant, and enjoyed listening most of its parts, especially those moderate/crushing moments.
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