Forgotten Paths

by Saor

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Shinji Cheme
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Shinji Cheme The uninformed silence and the soft intrusion of the piano ! Favorite track: Forgotten Paths.
Ippocalyptica
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Ippocalyptica Definitely a significant improvement over Guardians, Forgotten Paths is energetic, folk-infused black metal of the highest order. Andy Marshall is at the peak of his songwriting powers, his confidence never higher, his musical vision never sharper. Though I still prefer Aura over this album, and while I still like Panopticon better as far as folk-infused, nature-inspired black metal is concerned, make no mistake: Forgotten Paths is a statement that forces you to stand up and take notice. Favorite track: Monadh.
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Ghigigi Celtic flourishes abound throughout this album, in the form of flute, mandolin, violin, and bagpipes. The music is grand and hopeful, but it avoids undue sweetness and corniness. This is one of the strongest metal albums of 2019 so far.

Full review here: wp.me/pawrNb-1I
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released February 15, 2019

All music composed and performed by Andy Marshall unless stated below.

All violin composed and performed by Lambert Segura.

"Exile" composed by Mirko Albanese / Glorya Lyr and performed by Glorya Lyr.

GUEST MUSICIANS:
Carlos Vivas - Drums
Neige (Alcest) - Guest vocals on "Forgotten Paths"
Sophie Rogers - Guest vocals on "Bròn"
Kevin Murphy - Bagpipes on "Bròn"

DESIGN:
Atterigner - Album Cover
Anaïs Chareyre - Layout Art

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Mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx Mastering & Recording, San Francisco CA.

Guitar re-amping at Bricktop Recording, Chicago IL and mixing by Spenser Morris.

Recorded and edited by Reni McDonald Hill at Fortriu Studios, Falkirk, Scotland.

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Track Name: Forgotten Paths
Wild cries the Winter, and we walk song-haunted
Over the moors and by the thundering falls,
Or where the dirge of a brave past is chaunted
In dolorous dusks by immemorial walls

Though rains may thrash on us, the great mists blind us,
And lightning rend the pine-tree on the hill,
Yet we are strong, yet shall the morning find us
Children of tempest all unshaken still
Track Name: Monadh
A darkling violet, fringed anew
With light that on the mountains soar,
A dusky flame on tranquil shores;
Kindling the summits as they grow
In audience to the skies that call,
Ineffable in rest and all

The hills slipped over each on each
Till all their changing shadows died.
Track Name: Bròn
There's deer upon the mountain,
There's sheep along the glen,
The forests hum with feather,
But where are now the men?
Here's but my mother's garden
Where soft the footsteps fall,
My folk are quite forgotten,
But the nettle's over all.

O! black might be that ruin
Where my fathers dwelt so long,
And nothing hide the shame of it,
The ugliness and wrong;
The cabar and the corner-stone
Might bleach in wind and rains,
But for the gentle nettle
That took such a courtier's pains.

The friends are all departed,
The hearth-stone is black and cold,
And sturdy grows the nettle
On the place beloved of old.

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