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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Terra Deep/Starlight Lodge/2012 Full Length Review

  This  is  a review of  another   recording  from  Terra  Deep  which  continues  his  raw  and  primitive  approach  to  atmospheric  cascadian  black  metal  while  also  mixing in  newer  elements  and this is  a  review  of  his self  released  2012  album  "Starlight  Lodge".

  "Grisaille"  begins with  some  soft  acoustic  guitar  playing which  utilize  both  finger  picking  and  full  chords  and  nature  sounds  and  serves  as  an  intro  for  the  album.

  "In  The  Field  Where  I Died"  begins  with  some  primitive  black metal  guitar  riffs and  drums  and  a few  seconds  later  melodic guitar  leads  and  solos  make  their  presence  known in  the  song which lead  to  some  high  pitched  screams  along  with  the  guitar  riffing  utilizing more  melody  and  after  awhile  the music  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  before   going  into  a  more  melodic  mid  paced  direction which then  leads to  some  clean  playing  which  starts  mixing in  with  the  heavier elements  which start  taking  over  the  song  again  along with  a  mixture of  melodic  clean  singing  and  black  metal  screams  which leads  to  the  song  switching  back  and forth  between  slow  and  fast  parts  while  also keeping around  some  melodies in  certain  sections  and  closing  with  some  clean  playing  and  progressive  sounds.  

  "Genesis"  begins  with  some  folk music  style  acoustic guitars  which  utilize both  finger  picking and full  chords  and  a few  seconds later  black  metal  guitar  riffs,  drums  and  high pitched  screams  start  kicking in  which  in  return  lead  to  the  song  going  into  a  more  fast  and  primitive  direction  along with  some blast  beats  and after  awhile  the  guitar  riffing gets   more  melodic  and  also  starts mixing in  some   solos and leads  before  slowing  down  and making the  bass  guitars alot  heavier  and  as  the song  moves on  it  returns to its  acoustic roots  briefly  and  starts mixing in some  clean  melodic  singing  which are utilized  briefly and  the song  gets fast  and  heavy  again  and  then switching back  and  forth  between  slow and  fast  parts.

  "Lake"  begins  with  some  acoustic  guitars which mostly  use finger picking  and  a minute  later  synths  become  a  part  of the mix  as  well  as  some  melodic  chants   before  the  black metal  screams, drums, and heavy/melodic guitar  riffs  start  kicking in but  also  keeping  around  the  atmospheric  elements  and then  the  song  starts  switching  back  and  forth  between  soft  and  heavy  parts  with the later  also  mixing  in more primitive  elements along  with  some blast  beats and after  awhile  there  is a  brief  use  of  primitive  guitar  leads which  also  leads  to  the  heavy  and  fast  elements  returning  for  good but  switching back and forth between  fast  and  slow  parts  and  then the  song closes with  the acoustic  guitars.

   "Starlight Lodge" begins with some  heavy  guitar  riffs and  melodic  vocals along  with some  drums  and  more  black  metal  elements  being  added  and  after  awhile  distorted  guitar leads  are brought  in  briefly before  the riffs  and  vocals start going  for  a  more  mid  paced  black  metal  sound  for  awhile before  going  into a  more  slow  and  clean  direction along  with some  powerful  bass  guitars  and  after  awhile  it gets heavy  again  and  goes for  a more  fast and primitive  sound which also leads to a more  psychedelic  sound along  with some  synths which  also  close  the  song and  album..

  Song lyrics  cover  nature,  depression  and  anti  human  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound along  with  most of  the  songs  being  very  long  and epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is another great  sounding recording  from  Terra  Deep  and  if you are a fan  of  atmospheric,  cascadian  black  metal,  you should check  out this album. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "In  The  Field  Where  I Died" and  "Lake". RECOMMENDED BUY.  



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