Striborg are a solo project from Australia that h as been featured before in this zine and on this recording played more of an ambient style of black metal and this is a review of his 2007 album "Ghostwoodlands" which will b e re-issued on October 25,2021 as a joint effort between Rude Awakening, Satanath and The End Of Time Records.
Ambient style synths and soundscapes start off the album and also mix in with the heavier sections of the music at times. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling and the album also brings in more of a lo-fi atmosphere.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length. Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams along with some melodies also being added into the guitar riffing as well as all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them.
Drones are also added into some parts of the recording and some of the tracks are also instrumentals and as the album progresses a brief use of clean playing can also be heard. The production sounds very dark, raw and lo-fi while the lyrics cover night, misanthropy, forests, depression and death themes.
In my opinion this was another great sounding recording form Striborg and if you are a fan of ambient black metal, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Wandering The Wilderness of Eternal Misery" and "Ghostwoodlands". 8/5 out of 10.