Ancient North (USA) - The Gates - Reviewed By extrememetalmaniacblog ! Check it out here at this link: https://extrememetalmaniacblog.blogspot.com/2022/07/ancient-north-gates-review.html
ANCIENT NORTH is a one man US black metal act hailing from Oregon. The one man in question goes by the name Forlorn. That's good enough for me. So after giving this a listen I came to one obvious conclusion. If Forlorn's goal was to create an album that sounded like pure early second wave black metal circa 1991 then he did it with The Gates.
Musically you've got your standard tremolo picked riffage. sometimes it's pure ripping harsh but certain times Forlorn allows in some melody. The guitar tone is pure pissed off hornet's nest sound-wise. The drum work is also standard blast beats with adjustments. The vocals are venomous plus creepy as they should be and there's no bass.
So the corpse painted elephant in the corner of this wannabe dungeon is why? Yeah why should you be interested in something that's retro black metal? Seriously I had to ask myself the same question since I've got a hundred or more releases behind me on the shelves of early BM.
My answer is why the fuck not. Like I've said this is perfection to a craft sound-wise. If I told you this was a demo from 1991 you kvlt fuckers would believe it. So yeah if you want some old school BM perfection done in 2022 then here you go. Plus the cover art is reminiscent of early GORGOROTH. - extrememetalmaniacblog
Release Date: April 27, 2022
FFO: Gorgoroth, Immortal, Ragnarok
Location: Oregon USA
Short Bio: Relentless traditional black metal with themes of winter, medieval. Fast and cold, aggressive with speed.
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