Album Review: Dawn of a Dark Age — “Le Forche Caudine”

This one’s for the history buffs out there: what do you get when you cross jazz, black metal, folk and ancient Roman history all in one Frankenstein of a project?  Dawn of a Dark Age, that’s what.  On Le Forche Caudine, the nominally one-man project expands itself once again, and digs extremely deep into territories of history that even avid historians might consider too niche to talk about.  But such is the way of things: we all have our hyper fixations, and while mine might not be ancient Roman history, I can certainly appreciate the passion of those who dig that sort of thing.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Wÿntër Ärvń — “Abysses”

Let’s do a little word association.  When someone shouts “90’s black metal” at the top of their lungs at you, what are the first things that come to mind?  Satanism, for sure.  Certainly minimalistic production values, dark lyrics and dense atmosphere.  How about acoustic guitars, clarinet and bouzouki?  No?  Well, maybe you should start associating those things more strongly.  Wÿntër Ärvń, the French neofolk one-man project turned duo, are back with their second release Abysses, and on it they take everything that you would expect from classic second wave black metal and turn it completely on its head.

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