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New Keepers of the Water Towers album update

Posted in News with tags , , , on 4th September 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Main band songwriter, guitar player and vocalist Rasmus sent out the following update about the making of the long awaited new and third album from Sweden’s very own New Keepers Of The Water Towers: “For the past year and a half we have been working in and out of the studio on this, our third, album. It’s been a long process of developing and enriching our music with more genre defying sounds, dark lyrics about life and death, a lot of experimenting with musical directions and tinkering with richer harmonic arrangements.

To put it bluntly, we’ve been recording an epic. None of us have ever put this much effort and emotion in to a piece of music so it means a lot to us and now that we are in the final steps of recording we feel very proud of what we have accomplished and I don’t think there is any doubt in our minds that we have succeeded in creating the album we set out to record.

Some title tracks are as followed:

Visions of Death
Cosmic Child
He Who Greets With Fire
The Great Leveller

New Keepers of the Water Towers’ new album is scheduled for Spring 2013 release on Listenable records.

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Wodensthrone – Curse

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , on 29th May 2012 by izaforestspirit

Wodensthrone
Curse
Released: April 2012
Black Metal
Released via Candlelight Records

‘Curse’ is the second album from the British heathen black metal band Wodensthrone. It is the follow-up to their 2009 debut ‘Loss’.

Don’t let the slow, acoustic intro fool you into thinking that Wodensthrone have done an Enslaved-like move switching their style towards a more progressive style of black metal. As ‘Jormungadr’ demonstrates, Wodensthrone are still very much engrossed in their unique brand of atmospheric black metal. Comparisons to Drudkh spring to mind combined the atmospheric elements from Graveland. This particular song features some clear vocals towards the end which act as a kind of hymn or chant.

Most of the tracks are lengthy, clocking in at over 6 minutes but luckily the listener’s patience is handsomely rewarded. Take ‘First Light’ for instance, it features a soothing, folk-esque melody half-way through the track in which the guitars slow down to match the overall tone before a return to atmospheric black metal. ‘The Great Darkness’ sees a brief change in the vocal style from black metal to what sounds like someone reciting or telling a story. Oddly enough this doesn’t impair the track at all but rather it gives in a certain ‘mythical quality’.

Other noteworthy tracks include: ‘Battle Lines’ which features a Graveland-esque intro resembling ancient battle formations marching on one another and ‘The Storm’ which combines ferocity with ambience.

4/5

Iza Raittila