Skogen are a band from Sweden that has been featured before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of their 2012 album "Eld" which will be re-issued in February by Nordvis Produktion.
Nature orientated soundscapes start off the album along with some heavier guitars a few seconds later which also introduces grim black metal screams onto the recording and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion.
When acoustic guitars are used on the recording they give the songs more of a progressive and folk music feeling and melodic vocals are also uses at times and keyboards are also mixed in with the heavier sections of the songs in some parts of the recording and it also gives the music more of an atmospheric edge.
There is also a brief use of growls and when the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard and also brings in a more raw style of black metal and all of the musical instruments sound very powerful and they also bring in a brief instrumental before returning back to vocal tracks and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
On this recording Skogen remained very true to the folk orientated style of atmospheric black metal that has been a part of their releases,t he production sounds very dark yet powerful 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 "Apokalypsens Vit Dimma" "Aska" and "Orcus Labyrint". 8 out of 10.