|Review: Licht Erlïscht - The Narrow Path|
|The Narrow Path|
Label: Black Blood Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: June 17, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
for:The Narrow Path
Not much informations were provided with this great promo. All I see is that Erlïscht is a German act comprising a solitary soul, Niklas.
I just reviewed a hyper blasting Symphonic Black Metal disc, so The Narrow Path is a rather relaxing experience. As a matter of fact, the only fast tempos to be heard on this album are in the intro of track #2, "A Passage". Mid paces are the rule on this release; some of the tracks, the last two to be more precise, even use the slow time signature. The Narrow Path is a depressively melodic type of Black Metal, a sub-genre that I enjoy quite a bit. You have on one side those raspy vocals, distorted guitar work and mid to slow movement; on the other, some clean vocals as well as the omnipresent and echoing sound of those clean arpeggios. Not only are those arpeggios adding a nicely melodic touch, but they are also forming a ghostly harmonious presence throughout the album. A few samplings, such as wind for instance, and ambiences are scattered here and there, and I could decipher some keyboards too. All the five compositions presented here are great and worth mentioning. They are mesmerizing and contain a darkly depressive seduction. The sound production might be a bit raw, but combined very well with the above mentioned delicacies to form a high quality recording of melodic/depressive opus of true Black Metal art.
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