Eldamar are a solo project from Norway that plays a very epic and atmospheric form of ambient black metal and this is a review of his self released 2016 album "The Force Of The Ancient Land".
Ambient style keyboards start off the album using a variety of many different sounding keys which also leads up to more of a heavier and atmospheric musical direction that also introduces grim black metal screams onto the recording and clean singing female vocals are also added into some parts of the songs.
A great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the music at times mixes dungeon synth with black metal and the songs also have a few minutes where vocals are not used to build up upon the epic and atmospheric qualities of the tracks and there are also a couple of songs that avoid any use of heavy guitars or screams.
A brief use of spoken word parts can be heard at times in some of the songs while one of tracks is all instrumental and one song also brings in a brief use of acoustic guitars while the whole album also sticks to a very slow musical direction from beginning to ending of the recording and there is also a brief use of melodic guitar leads.
Eldamar creates a musical style on this recording that takes ambient and dungeon synth and mixes it in with an atmospheric and epic form of black metal to create a style of his own, the production sounds very powerful for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover J.R.R. Tolkien, Heathenism, Elven Magick and Nature themes.
In my opinion Eldamar are a very great sounding epic and atmospheric ambient/black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Winter Night" "Valkrjur Ancient One" and "New Beginning". 8 out of 10.