“Forgotten Paths” by Saor is a damn good album. Saor is a band that sounds like no other yet borrow from plenty of elements that folk and black metal bands utilize in their own sound. Saor uses atmospheric black metal, Celtic folk and traditional Scottish instrumentation and writing to forge it’s own sound and remain unique among the sea of atmospheric blackened bands out there. Wildly expressive, emotional and beautiful, Saor has always been one of those bands that stuck out to me with its expansive sounds and catchy riffs and imagery. This is definitely one of those bands you listen to while out on a hike, enjoying the scenery and breathing in the air….enjoying life. Saor would make that experience even greater. Of course, you don’t need to be outside to enjoy Saor’s music, it’s perfectly fitting and fantastic anywhere you are.
Saor means “free” in Scottish Gaelic, which is fitting that the name of the band fits the music so perfectly. How Andy Marshall writes all of this together is astonishing. The instrumentation is an expressive blend of multiple genres of music and he makes it stick together so well. Saor’s music flows effortlessly, beautifully and still somehow maintains a heavy feel to it as well. Not just as music but emotionally heavy, there is a thick sorrow in the air with some of the flowing guitars and orchestration.
Saor has not only maintained its sound over its entire discography but seems to evolve and grow with each release as well. This new album, “Forgotten Paths”, is another prime example of genius within its writing and lyricism. Somehow, someway, “Forgotten Paths” seems much more genuine in its songwriting and Saor never wrote music that felt fake to me. However, Saor takes this amazing and unique sound that it has and somehow forms it into even more of a respectable and relatable form of art. People who aren’t into folk can enjoy this. People who aren’t into black metal can get into this. People who aren’t into Scottish Gaelic music can jam out to this. Blending these three genres is a genius idea and they do it non-ironically. “Forgotten Paths” caters to those who want to listen to something heavy and something chill at the same time. You can head bang and relax to this album. It’s simply breathtaking stuff.
Saor has always been a “must listen” type of band ever since I heard their album “Aura”, that was the album that got me hooked and each and every album they release is pure gold in audio form. Whimsical, enchanting, picturesque, well composed and aesthetically pleasing in every way possible, “Forgotten Paths” by Saor just hit the nail on the head here and delighted me on every single second I listened to this album. A no-brainer, must listen, must own album that I massively recommend to you all.
Release Date: February 15th, 2019
Label: Avantgarde Music
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