Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Veldes - Skyward


Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Symphonic Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal
For Fans Of: Drudkh, Dodheimsgard, Niflheim, Gris, Summoning

Skyward creeps in softly and pleasantly to start with as mellow, piano segments reminiscent of Burzum's Hlidskjalf make up the entirety of the titular opening track, but it doesn't last long by any means- not completely anyway. Veldes, a symphonic/atmospheric black metal band from Slovenia play some pretty tastefully done tunes for a subgenre dominated by cliches and over-production, especially in symphonic black metal, and I'm glad to see some new life breathed into it (I use the term "life" very loosely for the subject matter here). The piano aspects are toned down a lot after the first track but remain in the background of "Woe Eater", beautifully clashing slow melodies with fast, disorganized strings and blast beats. Done almost completely by one person, Tilen Šimon- with respects to Rok Rupnik on guest vocals and mastering/mixing by Žan Grinton, Veldes is a pretty impressive one-person effort. With his influences seemingly coming from classical music, early symphonic black metal bands like Emperor and Carpathian Forest, and even a bit of Drudkh from what I can sense when I listen to it- all of which are blended together into his own style, not just an imitation, Šimon seems to have a promising future ahead of him in music

1. Skyward
2. Woe Eater
3. Of Rain and Moss
4. Gone

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