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Review: Faethon - Immortal Ancient Spirit
Immortal Ancient Spirit

Label: Blazing Productions
Year released: 2009
Duration: 42:52
Tracks: 7
Genre: Pagan Metal


Review online: February 19, 2010
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (5 Votes)

Although not having been impressed by this disc at first, subsequent listens felt more enjoyable. Faethon is, in fact, a one man act, the creation of solitary composer and multi-instrumentalist called Apollo.

There is nothing hidden about what Faethon stands for: Pagan metal arts. Just by looking at the cover art and you know what Immortal Ancient Spirit was meant to be. This album contains five original tracks and two covers. The first one, Absurd's "The Gates of Heaven" seems a little out of place. Pretty un-Pagan title for one thing, then the guitar sound is heavy and crunchy; besides the vocals are of the clean type. Right after you have "May the Hammer Smash the Cross", a Thor's Hammer cover which is more suiting the vibe of this album. The opening and closing tracks are instrumentals. "The Silence Whispers of the Pagan Country Side" is a nine minutes ambient piece made of animal samplings (birds, cat, wolves etc...) and keyboards; a very pleasant introduction. Closer "Visions of the Glorious Past" is more epic with a folksy hymn, also very nice to listen to. The bulk of the compositions contains moderate and fast tempos, distorted guitar work, haunted keyboard patterns, discrete/echoing, and sometimes wicked rasps. Faethon's music remains melodic by adding leads, arpeggios and the likes into the song structure. I found the production a bit muddy and raw, and I believe that by improving this point, it could only benefit the artist's work. Besides the instrumentals a couple compositions caught my attention, namely "The Forest is Alive" and "Till the Next Avalon".

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