Ghoul – Bass
Stvannyr – Guitars
Vvildr – Vocals, Drums
3. Old Roots
4. Translucent Stones
5. Twelve Miles to Live
6. Into the Woods of Oblivion
7. Northern Wind
Too much of anything can make you sick, and music is no exception. By sick, I mean there is too much of one set of genres where the highlights have been churned and mashed out to the Nth degree time after time, leaving you with a stale taste on your palate, so every new band you hear can try their hardest at being the next big thing, but the overdose has set in too hard.
By this I am referring to Atmospheric Black Metal – now I’m not bashing this genre as a whole, there are plenty of incredible bands I still listen to on a regular basis, but it’s had its day; leading to me finding new bands like Realm of Wolves and their debut release ‘Oblivion’ something of little interest.
The group explain in their press release that they are made up of members from acts Vvilderness and Silent Island and other Atmospheric and Post-Black Metal projects. These are all excellent bands who have given the world plenty of Black Metal gold, but even mixing the finest of any genre can cause an unexpected result.
‘Oblivion’ is definitely ambitious with instrumental tracks, well-laden guitars and melodic drums which sway here and there, as the band explore the harsh treacheries of fate and the strain it has on the human brain – but even mixing post-metal with atmosphere is nothing new, so I can see what they were trying to do here, but I sadly have consumed too much for the likes of this project.
This album isn’t terrible, it’s just forgettable – forgettable if you’ve listened to too many black metal symphonies. This release has its high points because the musicians are very well versed in their vocals, songwriting and versatility, but even the most accomplished of minstrels can make a boring release.
Do take note, all fans of this band, that this is just one opinion in the eternal universe of music journalism and all I’m saying is: this album wasn’t for me, and if you can explain why it’s worth a second listen: go forth and tell.
Review by Demitri Levantis