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Nhor
Wildflowers: Summer
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 2017
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 8/11/2017
Another magnificent outpouring of incredible music from Nhor
Ever since discovering Nhor earlier this year, I have been completely enamored with the music that he creates and after listening to 'Wildflowers: Spring', I was chomping at the bit for the next installment. When I found out that 'Wildflowers: Summer' was out, thanks to my reminder from Bandcamp, I immediately bought it and immersed myself into the album.

With this album, Nhor has picked up right where he left off with 'Spring' and continues to provide thought provoking, hauntingly beautiful music that is just incredible. The tracks on this album, while having a little more brightness to them than their predecessor, still have that mystic, haunting quality that really takes hold of you from the moment the first note echoes through your headphones. "Light, Sing to Me" opens the album up with with a wonderful tone that just places you on a hillside on a warm, sunny day. That atmosphere continues as the album progresses and on "I Have No Stars Left To Wish Upon", there is a subtle melancholy that creeps in but doesn't overwhelm the track. It allows for introspection as you lose yourself in the music. It also happens to be my favorite track from the album.

As a whole, this album is just top notch from start to finish and really provides a wonderous soundscape to travel through. Partnered with 'Spring', 'Summer' allows you to welcome a time of growth and flourishment in the world outside as things spring to life and then blossom into true beauty in the summer. I wish the album was a bit longer as I found myself wanting more when the album ended. However, that might be part of the plan that Nhor is executing with each release, giving just enough to let the majesty of the music shine through without overdoing it and losing its wonder. I am in awe of the ability Nhor has to translate the season through musical notes and atmosphere while still providing music that is suitable for any time. So go out and check out 'Wildflowers: Summer', lose yourself in the beauty of the music, and see where you wind up.
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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Wildflowers: SpringNhor
2017
Greg Watson5/2/2017
Wildflowers: SummerNhor
2017
Greg Watson8/11/2017


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