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Marblebog - Forestheart [Autopsy Kitchen Records - 2008]

Forestheart is an highly enjoyable, epic, memorable & atmospheric trip into mid-pace black metal craft weaved with elements of atmospheric rock, ambience & folk. This Original appeared in 2005 in cassette form here it is for all to hear in cd form and a rather nice clear vinyl pressing too.

It brings to mind an mix of Burzum earthy epic-ness & Bathory  at his more midpaced and Viking obsessed and dramatic- but also bringing on board very their own grim sound and identity too, Marblebog are far from been a copycat band. In all there are five tracks mostly hitting around the 6 to 10 minute mark & each being  as atmospheric, creative and downright memoroble as the last. Favourite tracks are difficult to pick as itís all superb and highly repayable & really works best as a whole - but if forced I guess I go for I'am the Forsethreart with its epic black metal meets tuneful and grim metal chug. It drops down into acoustic guitar elements and some rather atmospheric Jews harp playing and wind sound effects towards the end. The last track Closing with itís bubbling  ambience synth unfold that mid-way drops into a doomy blacked guitar crawl ending the album in fitting  grim melancholy tone.

An album that mangers to pay tribute to the old blacked masters, but at the same time creating itís own atmospheric, inventive and distinctive vibe. I see from Autopsy Kitchen's website their due to reissue Marblebog debut album shortly too I canít wait.

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
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