“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.
It’s been another solid year within metal, especially black metal. One of my favorite genres, we see a return of some well known names within the realm of black metal as well as some fresh names here for 2016. One thing I noticed was the return of just pure blackened punishment in terms of screams, sacrilegious riffing and blasting that never seem to stop. Then for you fans of a more atmospheric black metal, we had plenty to choose from this year and it didn’t matter if you preferred a specific style (space, fantasy, nature, etc) because the choices were seemingly endless. Out of the hundreds of thousands of releases that came to be this year, the following 10 are definitely my favorite. Just like I do for “From the Void“, I will be linking to each bands Bandcamp or YouTube stream. Enjoy and thank you for a great year.
It’s been a fun week for new black metal releases or just even catching up on some of the ones I may have missed. This week’s From The Void even features something a little different than your typical black metal as well as some heavy hitting high end releases. But let’s not drag this on any further shall we? Here are my favorite black metal albums I listened to this past week. Remember to click the name/title to listen to the music for yourself!
This week I have some fine choices of black metal for all of you eager to hear the darkest sounds from the realm of the abyss. The work you will hear this week will be evil, atmospheric, depressing and majestic. Enjoy the music From The Void.
Saor mastermind Andy Marshall, a.k.a. Fuath, has premiered his new solo record, I, at Noisey. The record is officially out now via Neuropa Records and can be picked up at this location. The record features four lengthy tracks that offer up blistering, melancholic black metal that is sure to leave listeners frostbitten. Stream the record at Noisey or after the break.
Scotland’s Fuath – side project of Saor‘s Andy Marshall – has premiered a new track from its upcoming debut album, I, at No Clean Singing. Titled “Blood”, the new track churns out over 10 minutes frostbitten, atmospheric black that slays as much as it soothes. Marshall commented on the new project:
“I am a massive fan of hypnotic atmospheric black metal, especially early 90’s stuff like Burzum’s “Hvis lyset tar oss”, early Darkthrone and also modern bands such as Paysage d’hiver and Vemod…
“I wanted to create a cold, hypnotic and melancholic black metal album which tried to capture the feelings I felt listening to these bands. I always come back to these bands when winter comes along and I feel their sounds are perfect for this time of year, almost kind of spiritual in a way.”
Check out the track after the break.
I will be released on February 1 via Neuropa Records. Pre-order here.