Colorado's solo project Evergreen Refuge has returned with a new recording which shows the music going into an instrumental mixture of ambient, atmospheric black metal, folk and post rock and this is a review of his 2019 album "Skyward" which will be released on March 2oth by A Moment Of Clarity Records.
Ambient style synths and drones start off the track which is also 67 minutes in length along with a variety of many different sounding keys. Tin whistle's and tribal sounding percussion can also be heard briefly and after 12 minutes in the song acoustic guitars are brought into the music and they also bring in elements of folk music.
A great amount of melody can also be heard in some of the heavier riffing while the faster sections of the music also bring in a great amount of tremolo picking and programmed blast beats which also gives the song more of a raw feeling and the track also adds in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
The ambient elements that are present at the beginning also have a very dominating presence throughout the recording while the song also adds in a great amount of diversity. Clean playing is also brought into the track briefly and also gives the song more of a depressive atmosphere along with a brief use of throat singing and melodic chants and the production sounds very dark.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Evergreen Refuge and if you are a fan of ambient, atmospheric black metal, folk and post rock, you should check out this album. 8 out of 10.