Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Book Of Sand/Mourning Star/Music Ruins Lives/2012 FUll Length Review


  This  is  the  final review  of  a  recording  from Book Of  Sand  with  the  musical  style  being  avant  garde,  experimental  anarchist  black  metal  with  the  album  being  called  "Mourning  Star'  and  released by  Music  Ruins  Lives.

  "The  Face  Of  The  Waters"  begins  with  some  acoustic  guitars,  avant  garde  synth  sounds  and  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  and  after  awhile  drums  and  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  guitar  riffs  come  into  the  song  along  with  some  high  pitched  depressive  screams  and  later  on  in  the  song  dark  sounding  melodies  start coming  in  before the distortion stops  and  the  song  goes  into  a  cleaner  direction  for  a  few  seconds  before  the  synths  and  primitive  guitar  riffing  returns  and  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  distorted  elements  in  the  background.  

  "Fits  And  Starts" begins  with  some  acoustic  guitars  that  utilize  full  chords  before  heavy  guitar  riffs,  drums  and  depressive  black  metal s creams  start  coming  in  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  you  can  hear  some  experimental  drones  in  the background  along with  some  clean  sections  a  few seconds later  which  also  leads  up  to  some  synths  and  then t he  song  goes  into  an  ambient  noise  direction for  awhile  and  halfway  through  the  song  the  heavy  and  symphonic  sounds  make  a  return  before  switching  back  to  a  noise  direction  and  adding  in  some  acoustic  guitars  in  the  background.

  'Crawling  Through  Sand,  Crawling  Through  Earth"  begins  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffs,  drums and  synths  as well  as  some  saxophones  and  a  few  minutes  later  black  metal screams  start  making  their  presence  known  in  this  song  and  as  time  goes  on  by  the  music  gets  more  diverse,  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding and  towards  the end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  being utilized.

  "Planet  SUV"  begins with  some  acoustic/classical  guitars  and violins  and  a  minute  later  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  guitar  riffs  and d rums  make  their  way  into  the  music a s  well  as  some  blast  beats  which  lead  up  to  some  high  pitched  depressive  screams  and  a  few  seconds  alter  saxophones  can  be  heard  in  the  background  as  well  as  the  classical  and  acoustic  guitars  while focusing  on  some  repetitive  black  metal  guitar  riffing  and  as  the  song  gets  closer  to  the  end  it  goes  into  a  more  harsh  noise  direction  along  with  some spoken  word  parts.

  "A  Devil  Not  A  Phoenix"  begins  with  some  violins  and  classical  guitars  and  a  minute  later  some  saxophones  start  coming  into  the  song  and  halfway  through  some  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounds  start  making  their  presence  known  along  with  some  harsh  noise  elements.  

  "Lord  Have  Mercy"  begins  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  a  few  seconds  alter  drums  are  added  into  the  song  which  also  leads  to  some  synths  being  utilized  in the  background and  the song  is  all  instrumental.

  "That  Tearful  Day"  begins with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few seconds  alter  you  can  hear some violins  being utilized  in  the background  and  a  couple  of  minutes  later  you  can hear  some piano style  avant  garde sounds  and  towards  the  end  heavy again  riffs  and  saxophones  make  their  way  into  the  song  and  close  the  song  and album.

  Song  lyrics  cover  anarchist  themes,  while  the production  has  a  very  dark, raw  and  primitive  sound  to it  along  with  most of  the  songs being  very  long  and epic  in  length.

  In my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding recording from Book Of  Sand  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental, avant  garde black  metal, you  should  check out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "The  Face  Of  The  Waters"  "Planet  SUV"  and  "That  Tearful  Day". RECOMMENDED  BUY.     

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