CDs The Intimate Earth #98514
Release Date: July 2, 2021
The CD edition gets a gorgeous 8-panel digipak treatment with layout created by TG Rantanen (Paganizer) and it's all designed around the beautiful Adam Burke artwork. In addition to all of that, there's also UV embossing and metallic effect, not to mention actual sandalwood fragrance on the artwork. Don't miss out on this one!
US band Felled have created breathtaking music melding black metal with folk elements and lending to it rare depth and warmth. The inclusion of instruments such as violin and viola is masterfully done and is used almost as the main instrument here. The soulful music emanating from them is truly heart-rending and enhances the expression of this kind of black metal without diminishing the intensity. There's not a dull moment on this 40-min record, with there being brilliant interplay between the guitar and the violin and viola, the arrangements being taut and with no section overstaying its welcome. It wouldn't be too much of a stretch to call this record a near perfect one in the subgenre, and one that stays with you long after it's over, its lingering tunes beckoning you to give yet another spin. There's unparalleled elegance, remarkable dynamism and above all, the genuine quality of a band that's creating music from the heart without any affectation.