Dolven – Navigating the Labyrinth (2015)

Author: Crono

Artist: Dolven

Album: Navigating the Labyrinth

Label: Independent

 

Navigating the Labyrinth is the debut album from Portland, Oregon band Dolven, and they have definitely come out with a unique one. Dolven plays a self-described type of music called Acoustic Doom. A first blush, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking this is another neofolk band with slight metal leanings, but I think after listening to the album a few times, this is definitely something different and new. Acoustic Doom is a decent way to describe this, since some of the songs sound pretty much like they were written as doom metal songs and transcribed into acoustic format. Continue reading

The Visit – Through Darkness Into Light (2015)

Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: The Visit

Album: Through Darkness Into Light

Label: Independent

 

Raphael Weinroth-Browne, perhaps best known for his neofolk/dark folk project Musk Ox with Nathanaël Larochette (acoustic guitar guest for Agalloch), teams up with extraordinary vocalist Heather Sita Black for a record which is as sombre as it is energetic. As virtuosso as it is restrained. As atmospheric as it is punctuating. It’s one cello and a voice. This is not metal, but fans of metallic-minded neofolk and neoclassical in the vein of Vali, Musk Ox, Neun Welten, Rodriguo Y Gabriela and the Primordial-led Season of Mist neofolk compilation (One and All, Together, For Home) may be interested. Continue reading

Nechochwen – Heart of Akamon (2015)

Author: Crono

Artist: Nechochwen

Album: Heart of Akamon

Label: Bindrune Recordings

Nechochwen has actually been around for quite a while, starting originally as a neofolk solo project. However, their second album, Azimuths to the Otherworld, introduced heavier guitars and vocals. Heart of Akamon is the final realization of this slow shift towards atmospheric black metal, and it is an album with lots of variety and a few pretty heavy songs. The riffs and vocals can hit pretty hard, and you can tell that they really tried to make as intense of an album as they could while maintaining some of the aboriginal-inspired neofolk from their previous albums. The result is a strong album with lots of variety. Continue reading