MetalBite Review by Adam M on 4/22/2012
This is a somber work that is composed largely of acoustic material that has a folk vibe to it and a more spoken droning vibe. It is similar to melancholy acts like Woods Of Ypres
, and Anathema
to some extent, but has a more stripped down feel than even those bands. There is also a more folk oriented nature to the songs that makes them breathe with life and energy. This album is full of emotions throughout and elicits a need to almost sing along with the music at times.
The vocals are spoken in an almost narrative like fashion, but it gives the songs a storybook feel that is very appropriate for the music at hand. The title track near the beginning of the album opens the proceedings in an exciting manner. The remainder of the material breathes with life and passion. The biggest drawback to this album is the laid back style of the release prevents it from having the charisma and drive of some other atmospheric bands. This leads to some moments that drag on occasion, but overall the album maintains a good consistent quality throughout. The beginning and ending portions of "Farewell To Graveland
" are particularly noteworthy, with 'The Horseride' being one of the more epic pieces to be found. Instrumentally, itís a very tight musical work overall. A cascade of acoustic guitars is surrounded by the occasional use of electric guitar. The vocals fall a bit flat in comparison, however, in part because of the singerís strange style.
"Farewell To Graveland
" is still a very solid, emotional and noteworthy album that all fans of atmospheric music would be advised to look into.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 8.1 out of 10