A unique album with great songwriting qualities. The epic opener starts quiet & folky, goes into partly spherical low tempo parts a la The Gathering before with the tempo change a dark rocky black metal a la Nocte Obducta is played. Followed by a doom-heavy track & a closing atmospheric post-rock track. This is a very exclusive mix, which stands out especially because of its varied, well thought out composition, as well as perfectly into the song structure integrated drums.
Favorite track: Fragments of a Fallen Star.
This album is truly a great example of why we need small independent labels, Bandcamp, and other vehicles to thwart the corporate music machine. This is a fantastic example of blackened folk, with an amazing doom song thrown in. Honestly this is a masterpiece of musicianship and atmosphere, an amazing album.
Favorite track: Keening.
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. A Dream – instrumental
There’s fire in the sky
As the stars are spiraling by
A light from forest floor
To the sorceress’ wooden halls
In her hair dances the flame
In her eyes I see great pain
Draws me forward to a pool
Gaze in deep and see the truth
Know the truth
A beast arose deep in the past
To strangle all life to the last
I did not know what all this meant
I did not know where I was sent
iii. The Vision
Serpent rises from the waves
In its wake the earth is a graveyard
DNA locked away for 10,000 years re awakens
To the archaic
Of a new world
We are fragments of a fallen star
iv. A Call Across Time
Lightgiver on the horizon
Baldr on his knees
I seek the darkness, do not seek the light
I do not seek the light
I do not seek your light
We seek the sky blackened by clouds of storm
We seek the drums that pound with the march of war
Atavistic reclamation is at hand
Lords of winter
Hear my call
Lend me cold on this day
Lithic Lords of springtime
Hear my cry
Tell me why the enemy
Wishes all life to die
If my life should end today
By the sword or in the fray
In archaic dance of death
With a rope around my neck
I’ll return from whence I came
Lords of Summer
Give me storms
Pound your drums on this day
We march to war
Lords of Autumn
Your leaves do fall
In the month of October
You will hear my call
Hear the call
Crafting a cathartic experience through introspective yet raw music, “Fragments of a Fallen Star” explores space by combining psychedelic drone, acoustic passages, and energetic atmospheric black metal to form what Daniel Vanderberg of Cult Nation called:” "the aural equivalent of a DMT trip, rocketing from the moons of Jupiter through a dimensional portal to frosty northern forests, pagan rituals and medieval battlegrounds.” A genuine spirit can be heard all throughout “Fragments…” an album of visceral energy and ritualistic capacity, an album rooted in claustrophobic and raw, yet atmospheric and infectious black metal, interlaced with haunting synth, and transcendent folk melodies.
“Fragments of a Fallen Star”, is at times sombre, othertimes haunting, sometimes spiritual, and still at other points abbrasive. It succeeds because it is able to paint a picture through patient and purposeful songwriting, revealing crescendos and cathartic peaks throughout. This album was originally self-released on cassette by Harrow in the summer of 2013. Now, more than three years later this underrated Blackened Folk album will be released in a digipack CD by Hypnotic Dirge Records on November 8. Fans and listeners of Alda, Skagos, Falls of Rauros, Obsidian Tongue, Blood of the Black Owl, Panopticon, Agalloch, Wolves In The Throne Room will appreciate Harrow!
released November 8, 2016
Ian Caimbuel - Guitar, Voice, Keyboard, Bodhram, and drum
Kyle Brickell - Drums, Bass, Additional Vocals
Banjo and additional vocals by: Ray Hawes
Mastered by: Cody Beresich
Art by: Jeremy Hannigan
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as a black metal fan that also is listening to noise industrial I have to suggest you guys to follow the industrial path. this is much better than the rest.
reminds me of somatic responses with a touch of converter. 𝕺𝖛 𝕾𝖔𝖗𝖗𝖔𝖜