ForestMuse are a band from Santa Cruz, California that plays an atmospheric form of forest black metal and this is a review of their self released 2012 demo "The Land Of Tall Trees".
"Intro" starts off the album with nature sounds and ritualistic chanting and towards the end you can hear some tribal sounding percussion being utilized.
"The End of The Ohlone" which is also the first real song on the album opens up with soft folk music style acoustic guitars and a few seconds alter heavy guitar riffs along with drums and grim black metal vocals kick in and after awhile the guitar riffing starts utilizing some raw and melodic elements which takes the music into an atmospheric black metal direction and towards the end you can hear bass guitars in certain sections of the song as well as a small amount of blast beats and faster riffing towards the end.
"Old Ways" begins with heavy and melodic guitar riffs along with drums and bass guitars a few seconds alter which also leads to the music getting faster along with grim sounding black metal screams as well as a small amount of blast beats before going into a more mid paced direction as well as a few seconds of acoustic guitar playing being used for a few seconds and halfway through the song there is also a brief use of spoken word parts.
"The Smell Of Night Air" opens up with ambient sounding synths and the song is all instrumental with no other instruments being utilized.
"Schlacht Im Teutoberger Weld" returns the demo back to black metal with raw guitar riffing and blast beats from the drums before going into a more mid paced and melodic direction and you can also hear bass guitars in the background as well as the drums using a small amount of blast beats.
"Nachmenschen" kicks in with raw and distorted sounding black metal guitar riffing and a few seconds later drums kick in and a minute later grim black metal screams start to kick in as well as the guitar riffing utilizing more melody and halfway through the song there is a brief use of spoken word parts before the music speeds up and then alternating between slow and fast parts.
"View Overlooking The Ancestral Forest" comes in with dark atmospheric sounding ambient synths and the song is all instrumental.
"Night Before the Slaughter" is introduced with heavy and atmospheric sounding guitar riffs and drums and a few seconds later grim screams start to kick in along with some powerful bass guitars and melodic leads shortly after that which also leads to the music speeding up in certain sections of the song and you can hear synths in the background.
"The Crimson Light" hits it off with acoustic guitar playing and a few seconds later drums and heavy guitar riffs start making their way into the song and after a couple of minutes the music goes into a more mid paced direction and you can hear bass guitars in the background along with synths and melodic chanting which also leads up to high pitched black metal screams and after awhile there is a brief use of spoken word parts as well as the guitar riffing getting more melodic.
"Leid Van De Mist" is brought in with atmospheric sounding synths and the song is an over 15 minute long instrumental.
"Outro" closes the demo with nature sounds and tribal style percussion as well as some melodic shamanistic chanting.
Song lyrics cover nature, ancestry and atavism themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful and heavy sound for being a self released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording along with most of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion ForestMuse are a very great sounding atmospheric, forest black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this demo. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The End of The Ohlone" "Nachmenschen" and "The Crimson Light". RECOMMENDED BUY.