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Marblebog: Forestheart

Available originally only in tape format and then a super limited CD pressing, Marblebog's 3rd full length release Forestheart now sees a wider re-release courtesy of Autopsy Kitchen Records. The material on Forestheart was recorded 2003-2004 and at the time this Hungarian Black Metal outfit consisted of basically one member, Vorgrov who played pretty much everything on this disc except for drums which was handled by Gelal.

One listen to Forestheart is all it takes to understand why the folks over at AKR were so eager to get their hands on this BM gem and expose it to the masses. After the atmospheric instrumental, titled appropriately enough "Opening", the listener is thrust headlong into the maelstrom that is "I Am The Forestheart". This track is an eight minute, mid tempo epic complete with richly layered guitars, Vorgrov's tortured vocals and some cool sound effects that conjure up feelings of being alone with nature in where else, a forest. "A Tempest Never Calming Down", "Flame of Wisdom" and "Howling of Purity" all demonstrate Vorgrov's skill for crafting lengthy, trance inducing Black Metal compositions, but in this reviewers opinion he left his final surprise for the end of the disc. The last number entitled "Closing" is another minimalist, keyboard driven instrumental, but unlike "Opening", this final composition is a thirteen minute experiment in atmospherics that ventures out into lengthy periods of nothing but pure drone.

Overall Forestheart stands as a very impressive disc from beginning to end. The production is very solid and this is not your average run of the mill lo-fi, self produced at home BM release. Fans of the genre will want to seek this one out.

Track Listing
1) Opening
2) I Am The Forestheart
3) A Tempest Never Calming Down
4) Flame Of Wisdom
5) Howling Of Purity
6) Closing

Added: January 17th 2008
Reviewer: Ryan Sparks
Related Link: Autopsy Kitchen Records
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Language: english

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