Its been a good week. Here are the five albums that have helped make it awesome:
I really don't know why I wrote off Thy Serpent for so long. 'Melodic black metal' usually sucks hard, but Forests of Witchery is actually a pretty cool album. Has a warm but cool atmosphere, almost like Agatus or Order of the Ebon Hand moved north. Has the Greek sound all over it, minus some of the more rock-like sensibilities of that scene. Ultra melodic like the aforementioned tag would suggest, but I like how there's even a mystical vibe to it that carries the melodies in a way that makes them sound spacey and not melancholic. Tasteful use of keys to accentuate parts, but not overdone like cheesier bands. And let's not forget that it even gets folky without being gay! Is that a first?