Evoking Winds - Bald Mountain - Reviewed By darkdoomgrinddeath ! Check it out here at this link: https://darkdoomgrinddeath.blogspot.com/2023/07/evoking-windsbald-mountain2023-full.html
Belarus's Evoking Winds has returned with a new recording which shows the music going for more of an atmospheric, melodic and symphonic mixture of black and folk metal and this is a review of their self released 2023 album "Bald Mountain".
A very dark sounding intro starts off the album along with some spoken word parts and elements of folk music which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the songs at times. Female vocals can also be heard on a few tracks along with some songs also adding in a small amount of acoustic guitars.
At times the music also gets very symphonic and atmospheric sounding while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams. When the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can also be heard and the songs also add in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them along with the riffs also adding in a lot of melody. Growls are also added on some of the tracks as well as the solos and leads also being done in a very melodic style when they are utilized , one song also introduces clear vocals onto the album and spoken word parts also return in certain sections of the album and the songs also add in some orchestral and dungeon synth touches. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are a concept album and cover ancient tales from Eastern Europe.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Evoking Winds and if you are a fan of atmospheric, melodic and symphonic black and folk metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Wild Hunt" "The Oath" "In The Whispers of Stars Far Away" and "Night of The Elders". 8 out of 10. darkdoomgrinddeath
Release Date: June 18, 2023
FFO: Imperium Dekadenz, Moonsorrow, Summoning
Today, an international metal project Evoking Winds announced that their 5th studio album “Bald Mountain” is released and available on streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, YT Music etc.) as well as free lossless downloads at Evoking Winds Bandcamp page.
Bald Mountain album dives into the ancient European myth about the Wild Hunt, a chase led by a mythological figure escorted by a ghostly group of hunters engaged in pursuit. It tells the story of a man who answered the call of its leader and joined the Hunt to gain absolute power and freedom from the society he lives in. The album raises the topics of choice and freedom, power and its influence on people's deeds, betrayal and inner change.
The band, rooted from Minsk, Belarus, exists as an online studio project with members living all over the world since 2005 (USA, Poland, Belarus, Russia, China). Music by Evoking Winds includes both melodic black metal as well as folk, cinematic orchestral music, dungeon synth and atmospheric black metal. Folk instruments often take the leading role, the songs contain low amounts of repetition and variable song structures. Compared with pure folk metal genre attributes, it's a darker, black metallic form, which dispenses with jigs and reels and is more dedicated to slower, more epic-styled songwriting. In contrast with most atmospheric black metal bands, singing constantly shifts between black metal and death metal vocal techniques and has more symphonic elements.
As stated by the band founder Artyom Prishchepov, Evoking Winds is a completely non-commercial project and all Evoking Winds music is licensed for free distribution. For many years the music by Evoking Winds was in the underground state of small local cd releases until 2021, when the band decided to re-issue the music digitally.
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