AOTY 2019

Forgotten Paths

Saor - Forgotten Paths
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Based on 66 ratings
2019 Ratings: #597
February 15, 2019 / Release Date
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Avantgarde Music / Label
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zachthesnack
68
And now we have gotten to my second big disappointment of the year. I absolutely adored Saor's last record "Guardians". The beautiful and magnificent instrumentation on that thing was absolutely to die for. It felt like it had a lot of love and soul put into it, the passion bled out through the music. This, on the other hand, feels incredibly rushed and the album just has this shrill and stark, uninspired vibe to it. I don't know why, but none of the songs on this record connected ... read more
91
This is my favourite black metal record as of right now, i cannot stress enough how impressive and amazing this record is. I have always found the genre a bit elusive but fucking christ. This album is straight up beautiful. This is the type of record that strikes a perfect chord and is very hard to compete with. The softer passages are beautiful, the guitar and drum and vocal work is marvellous. Absolute aces.
GABRIELinHELL
70
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DCCXX
58
The three 10 minute plus tracks on Forgotten Paths are great blends of atmospheric black and pagan metal. The standout track is the opening title track, which has a delightfully explosive second half that blows anything else on the album out of the water. Monadh is my least favourite here, with guttural growls mixed with sung vocals, and a violin solo that isn't really my cup of tea. This album isn't bad, but it's one of the less exciting black metal albums to come out this year.

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72
7.2 out of 10
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