Forgotten Paths - Septicflesh

Scotland = Bagpipes... Or?

When now it is the scottish black-people, so you are maybe thinking: "Well... Where is sækkepiberne!?" (I did personally), but here it must be remembered that the Saor wish to pay tribute to the age-old Scotland, and to sækkepiben first came to Scotland in the 1400s. So if you want the bagpipe-black, you must look in another place. There is no doubt Andy Marshall's musical talent or his ability to knit the magnificent songs together. The music is as beautiful as it is bleak, just as uplifting as it is melancholy – he manages to really play with one's emotions. The only thing I do not understand, is that he chooses to end the album with the track "Exile". The number is on the "only" ca. five minutes, and is most of all winds and harp playing – and røvkedeligt. The atmosphere, he has spent a little over 30 minutes to build up, fall full to the ground like a house of cards in a hurricane and it is really a pity!

It was once

There is just something about black metal, that invites you to solo projects. Maybe it's the darkness, the mystery and the introverts, which makes you have the desire to only relate to his own thoughts and his own mind. The unfiltered chaos that only occurs when you yourself must make head and tail in the madness. Perhaps you will find the nietzscheanske idea that, if you stare down into the depths, then stares deep back - enticement. Anyway, scottish Andy Marshall released albums, as Saor ago 2013. Unlike other black-soloists are Saors music grand, epic, melodic and well-produced (yes, it's you, I'm looking at Varg). Marshall himself refers to his music as "kaledonisk metal", i.e. the original and partly mythical name which the romans in his time gave the land we now know as Scotland. Ergo, we can figure out that the Saors music is an ode to the original, beautiful and untamed highlands filled with mysterious and unexplored areas – in other words: "that once was".

Constant vigilance!

Forgotten Paths is the Saors fourth album, but if you know them, you will quickly discover that the album feels like a completely natural extension of the three previous releases. Not only in form and theme but also quite literally. To listen to the Forgotten Paths after the Guardians of 2016, feels indeed as if the album just continues on in the same way, as Guardians felt like a continuation of Aura from the 2014. It is quite fascinating how well it is managed Marshall to tie your albums together – sitting almost and believe that he has written the whole pivtøjet out in a run and then just split it up, where he believed that it was true. But, how fascinating it is, then it is also a weakness. You can't just pick individual tracks out and listen to them as singles, or yes, it can, but it is to do the album a disservice. For enough, the four numbers stand on their own, but when taken out of context, so they lose a lot of their charm and magic. In addition, Saor is not easily accessible or digestible. We are talking about numbers, that generally lasts a little over 10 minutes and has so many different parts, passages, tempos and instruments that they require a concentrated and attentive listening. Even if the music's beauty is so mesmerizing that you quickly become lulled into a dreamlike trance.


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