SAD – Misty Breath Of Ancient Forests
For instance, the opening track, ‘Self Hatred,’ features very fast drums and ridiculously rapid tremolo riffs – and the vocals layer in with a nearly desperate tone, one in which the voice almost breaks in pain. I feel this opening was bold, yes, but also revealed a vulnerability. Especially after the rhythm changes and the guitar switches into different chords and then at the, about 3:50 left-to-go mark, the pace picks back up again. The track works in totality from start to finish.
The second track, ‘Enjoy Your Pettiness,’ features a different attitude. The opening emphasizes long drawn out vocals and the guitar takes a melancholy turn by moving to increased use of higher notes on the guitar. In some cases, this would seem a happier tone, but in this album, with the vocals used as they are, it definitely is sadder.
The third and sixth tracks make up part 1 and 2 of the album’s title tracks, ‘Misty Breath Of Ancient Forests,’ and are fantastic. The vocals are super consistent throughout – and part 1 opens with the more folkish part of the album – the sound of rain. I mean, the album is called “Misty Breath Of Ancient Forests” after all. Some of the vocals evoke some Burzum wailing – but not directly. I think I just mention this because at the beginning of the review, I mentioned that this album sits squarely in the black metal genre. Part 2 takes a whole different opening, focusing on the chord and strum. The rhythm adds super texture and does not even include vocals for almost a minute into it. It is so simple structurally – but really emotional as a result. I really liked part 2.
I am fairly new to SAD, but this album will not disappoint their fans. It is a worthwhile effort in their style and tradition.
4.5 / 5 STARS