Skogen are a band from Sweden that has been featured before in this zine and plays a nature orientated form of atmospheric black metal and this is a review of their 2011 album "Svitjod" which will be re-issued in October by Nordvis Produktion.
A very dark, melodic and heavy sound starts off the album along with some grim yet high pitched black metal screams a few seconds later while growls can also be heard at times and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and synths can also be heard at times.
At times the music can be very atmospheric and some tracks also bring in a small amount of clean singing and the solos and leads also remain very true to a melodic direction while some of the tracks are very long and epic in length, classical guitars can also be heard in certain sections of the recording which also gives the songs more of a folk felling and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can be heard and the tremolo picking gives the songs more of a raw feeling while most of the music sticks either to a slow or mid paced direction.
Skogen played a style of black metal on this recording t hat was very epic, melodic, mid paced and atmospheric sounding while still maintaining a grim edge, the production sounds very raw yet heavy at the same time while the lyrics are written in Swedish and cover nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Skogen and if you are a fan of atmospheric black metal, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dighra Dodh" "Bergraven" "Storm" and "Svitjod". 8 out of 10.