Forgotten Woods where a band from Norway during the prime of the second wave era that played a very raw and melodic form of black metal and this is a review of a re-issued double album which contains the 1994 full length "As The Wolves Gather" and 95 ep "Sjel Av natten" which will be re-issued in 2017 as a single album in My by Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum.
A very heavy and raw sound starts off the album along with all of the musical instruments sounding very powerful as well as some high pitched depressive black metal screams a few seconds later and you can also hear a great amount of melody in the guitar riffing and the solos and leads also use a great amount of melody.
Clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording while some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and most of the songs stick to either a slow or mid paced musical direction while a couple of brief instrumentals can also be heard before returning back to a heavier direction and the songs on the ep display even more of a raw style while also speeding up at times and also mixing in a small amount of tremolo picking and blast beats and one track also brings in a small amount of melodic chants.
Forgotten Woods played a style of black metal that was very different for its time and influenced a lot of the later raw, atmospheric and depressive bands that came out a few years later, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in a mixture of English and Norwegian and cover darkness, nature and night themes.
In my opinion Forgotten Woods where a very great sounding raw and melodic black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "As The Wolves Gather" "Dimension Of the Blackest Dark" "Through Dark And Forgotten Valleys" and "En natt med storm og ravners skrik". 8 out of 10.