Evoking Winds - Bald Mountain - Reviewed By darkdoomgrinddeath! Wednesday September 13 2023, 2:57 PM
Evoking Winds - Bald Mountain - Reviewed By darkdoomgrinddeath!

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

Location: Belarus

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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