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Forgotten Woods
As The Wolves Gather+
Type: CD
Company: Aeternitas Tenebrarum
Release: 2017
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 3/30/2017
Two classic black metal albums in one release that you won't want to miss
Forgotten Woods was one of those black metal bands that were criminally underrated during the black metal boom of the 90's. Relegated to obscurity because of their desire to create music instead of headlines, metal heads can now get two of their best albums in one release--As The Wolves Gather + Sjel Av Natten. The sound hasn't been adjusted all that much from the original releases but the albums still pack a hell of a wallop.

The music is classic 90's Norwegian black metal with guitars that sound like swarms of angry bees looking to overwhelm you. The vocals remind me a bit of In the Woods and Bethlehem with that higher delivery. Both "As The Wolves Gather" and "Svel Av Natten" easily stood on their own back in the early 90's when they were released. But together, these two albums present a juggernaut of cold, organic black metal that envelops you like a funereal shroud. Any metalhead that says they're a black metal fan cannot miss this release at all.
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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2017
Greg Watson3/30/2017


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