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Band
A Forest Of Stars
Title
Grave Mounds and Grave Mistakes
Type
LP/EP
Company
Prophecy
YOR
2018
Style
Black
12/12/2018 - Review by: David Loveless
UK Psychedelic band blend the best of post and bm
In the eleven years of their existence, A Forest of Stars has released four very respectable releases up until 'Grave Mounds and Grave Mistakes'. So, going into this, I had extremely high expectations. Thankfully, those expectations were met and exceeded, as this is a monstrous album. Not only does it clock in at over an hour, it features some of their best songwriting to date--boldly blending post and black metal with gothic overtones. The vocals also standout, as they range from Akercocke-like spoken word to full on BM vokills. Although every track is excellent in its own right, some of my favorites are, "Persistence Is All", "Children Of The Night Soil", and the strangely innovative "Premature Invocation". There is a lot happening on this album, so fans of traditional heavy metal may not get it (or like it at all). However, if you're a fan of Akercocke, Primordial or early Anathema, I would highly recommend picking this one up.
Recommended for fans of: Classic Anathema, Akercocke, Primordial
PERSONAL BREAKDOWN:

ENJOYMENT
4
MUSIC
4
VOCALS
4.5
PRODUCTION
4
ARTWORK
3.5
LYRICS
3.5


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    4 :AVE RATING

ALL REVIEWS FOR: A FOREST OF STARS
TITLE
DOR
COMPANY
REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
Grave Mounds and Grave Mistakes
2018
Prophecy
David Loveless12/12/2018
4

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