Skogen are a band from Sweden that plays an epic and atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "I Doden" which is getting the vinyl version from Eisenwald in 2015.
Classical guitars which also return on and off in other songs start off the album and after the intro the music gets heavier and darker along with more of a black metal style along with some grim screams a few seconds later and clean singing vocals can also be heard in some parts of the songs and after awhile melodic guitar leads start becoming an important part of the recording.
A good portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the music also brings in a pagan black metal feeling at times and the songs also mix in a great amount of atmospheric elements and when the music speeds up it brings in a very raw and 90's influenced style and also mixes in a small amount of blast beats and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and there are also a couple of instrumental tracks and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Skogen plays a style of black metal that is very melodic, atmospheric and epic sounding and also adds in a touch of folk and progressive music at times, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics are written in Swedish and cover nature themes.
In my opinion Skogen are a very great sounding atmospheric black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "I Doden" "Solarvore" "Midvintergraven" and "Sleep". 8 out of 10.