Sunday, October 30, 2011

Woods of Desolation-Sorh Review

1. Intro
2. The Leaden Sky Torn
3. Enshrouded by Solitude
4. Within the Crimson Tide

Woods of Desolation is a depressive, suicidal black metal band hailing from Wollongong, Australia. Woods of Desolation were formed in 2005 and have since released 2 demos, 2 splits, and one full length. Now, Woods of Desolation bring forth a new Ep in Sorh.

The sounds of Sorh can be described as a pathos of suicidal emotions filled with darkness and isolation. Sorh embarks on a sound of rawness and mournful riffs. The drums, while light and pale still makes this opus a radiant piece of beautiful art. It blends very well with the atmosphere. The black-ish screams go perfectly with the raw sound of Sorh. The vox is not too up forward nor dimmed in the back, they are just perfect.

The Intro introduces us with a short and mellow interlude blending in little acoustic and atmospheric sounds. The Leaden Sky Torn brings us haunting, somber riffs, with a touch of coldness. The Leaden Sky will make you sway your head back and forth or side to side with its mellow riffs and tempo. Enshroud by Solitude is definitely the pinnacle of the Ep. While it starts off like the previous track, this one transposes into a very awe-ing ballad piece from the middle and on bringing us rainy scenic passage while blending in acoustics, distortion, and beautiful riffs all in one. Enshrouded by Solitude is a strong and tearful piece. Within Crimson Tide ends Sorh in a nice epilogue filled with screams of desolation, more aggressive riffs and tempo, but still keeping that atmospheric raw sound. Nice closure to the Ep.

Well, Woods of Desolation have done it again accomplishing a magnificent and artistic piece of melancholy. This is one band I really look forward to hearing what they can bring forth in the future. This band is definitely high up there when it comes to the suicidal, depressive black metal genre. I really do enjoy this genre the most because I think it's one of the most beautiful genres in the metal genre and this Ep proves my point. Anyway, Sorh takes the listener on a robust journey into a frost of woodlands filled malevolence and isolation.

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Review by Vyldr

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