Thrawsunblat - MetachthoniaI’ve noticed something weird here in Belgium during the Euro 2016 soccer tournament: no Belgian seems to know their national anthem. I asked a couple of good Belgian friends why this was, and they told me that Belgians just don’t care about their country that much. I’ll admit to being taken aback; we Canadians tend to love our country, and can sing our wonderful anthem in our sleep. While there’s the odd thing about contemporary Canada that I’m not exactly proud of, I can always find solace in the beautiful nature, the by and large wonderful people, and the best of our culture. One such best was Woods of YpresWoods V, which apart from being one of the best records I’ve ever heard also came from Ontario. When I caught wind of co-conspirator Joel Violette’s project Thrawsunblat, I took to listening and was impressed with their back catalog. Now Thrawsunblat’s on full-length number three, Metachthonia, and I was about as excited to hear this as I am to get back to Canada and have proper maple syrup and steaks again.

Thrawsunblat is a bit more related to black metal than the last two Woods of Ypres records were, but the late David Gold’s influence is certainly felt here. It’s easy to hear some similarities to Ensiferum along with newer Winterfylleth, but there’s a very Canadian element that sets Thrawsunblat apart: the influence of Maritime folk music. Maritime folk music, like folk music generally, has undercurrents of a simple type of happiness along with a world-worn sense of melancholy. This is all jammed through the black metal filter, meaning plenty of tremolo lines and blast beats, but the folk elements are never truly buried. While most will be tempted to call this melo-black, it’s important to note that the “melo’s” come from Maritime folk as opposed to the Second Wave. Metachthonia will make you happy if you like metal, but much happier if you also happen to enjoy some blue-collar folk as well.

Opening with gorgeous and somber cellos, “Fires that Light the Earth” starts Metachthonia off strong. A recurring lead pleasantly reminds me of “Death is Not an Exit” from Woods V, and the folk is impressively emotive throughout the nearly eleven minutes of runtime, and the band wastes approximately zero seconds of it. “Hypocthonic Remnants” veers into some pretty convincing melo-black territory in spots, pushing the folk more to the background than anywhere else yet is still convincing and coherent. “Rivers of Underthought” has a simple yet quite affective melody that recalls Mgla’s “Exercises in Futility I” in the best way, although Rae Amitay doesn’t let us know she has a ride cymbal in quite the same obnoxious way, her performance here up to her usual high standards. This tune also sees Raphael Weinroth-Browne’s cello used to great effect, particularly before Violette’s best lead around the three and a half minute mark. After this climax, Thrawsunblat wisely goes into some clean vocals and an extended soft guitar part reminiscent of a Maritime Opeth before blasting back in to finish strong with typically great folk-black riffing.

“She Who Names the Stars” is my biggest problem with Metachthonia. It’s not a terrible song, but it’s the least compelling piece here by a noticeable margin. Perhaps it’s the riffing which sometimes sounds like Eternal Helcaraxe but not as good, or perhaps it’s the odd vocal melody that sounds too close to David Gold for comfort, or perhaps it’s the less convincing placements of clean segments and attempted climaxes. I wouldn’t skip it because Thrawsunblat has gone out of their way to create a story here and jumping around like that would torpedo the point of the record, but it’s definitely a weak point, the musical equivalent of an alright but necessary expository scene in a film. Other than that, there’s little to complain about. The mastering is loud, but Amitay’s drums didn’t lose their punch, Violette’s multi-guitar harmonies are easy to pick out, and Raphael Weinroth-Browne’s cello occupies a perfect amount of space and sounds great. That said, bass is unfortunately wont to get a bit lost sometimes.

With the average song length being about nine and a half minutes, I was worried that we’d need to call the same elite team of proctologists currently trying to find the head of modern philosophy to take a break from that and find Thrawsunblat’s. Luckily, Metachthonia is a better record than 2013’s Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings and a well-written concept album that grows more rich and rewarding with each listen. The good material outweighs the lesser material by an order of magnitude, and the hour-long runtime, even with its flaws, is captivating and never feels overlong. Kudos to Thrawsunblat for helping to keep the True North’s musical presence strong in 2016.


Rating: 3.5/5.0
DR: 5 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: Ignifera Records
Websites: thrawsunblat.bandcamp.com | facebook.com/thrawsunblat
Releases Worldwide: June 17th, 2016

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  • Man, I’d say She Who Names the Stars is my favorite song of the album. Maybe because it was the only advance track available and therefore heard it the most, but I just really fall for that vocal melody. I have to sing and sing and sing it. It sticks to the inside of my skull like things that are really sticky. I love the somewhat twisted tremolo part and the strings that follow it.

    Other than that, great writeup .This is one of my favorite records of the year so far. And as a neighbour of the Belgians (I’m Dutch), I can say they primarily just don’t really love their country because it’s not really a country. The Belgians have two separated nations (Wallonia and Flanders) to which they usually feel more connected.

    • By the way, my very favorite moment of the record is the riff that rips right open Dead of Winter towards the 4’th minute mark, to let Rae Amitay growl everything apart.

    • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

      Thanks! I heard SWNtS in advance too, and it made me a bit worried about the record honestly.

      That makes sense with the two nations within a nation, and why some make quips about Belgium being pretty much a non-country. Soccer seemed to be the one time where everyone stops caring about that stuff (at least in Leuven) and just get behind Belgium as a whole, and it made for a great time watching the games with Belgians who were, at least for the match, Belgians. The part I was most confused by was the soccer players stumbling through mouthing the words to the anthem like a drunk person trying to keep up with the verses of “We Didn’t Start the Fire” when he hadn’t heard it for three years.

      • Yeah soccer does that to Belgians, it’s nice. Think about the song though: it’s in three different languages. It was originally written in French, and later translated to German and Dutch. That’s not contributory to kids learning the words I guess.

        If I knew the words to We Didn’t Start the Fire, I’d sing nothing else, all day, every day.

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
          South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
          Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television
          North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

          Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
          Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye
          Eisenhower, Vaccine, England’s got a new queen
          Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

          We didn’t start the fire
          It was always burning
          Since the world’s been turning
          We didn’t start the fire
          No we didn’t light it
          But we tried to fight it

          Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
          Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
          Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
          Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock
          Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning team
          Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
          Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev
          Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez

          We didn’t start the fire
          It was always burning
          Since the world’s been turning
          We didn’t start the fire
          No we didn’t light it
          But we tried to fight it

          Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
          Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, Bridge On The River Kwai
          Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball
          Starkweather, Homicide, Children of Thalidomide…

          Buddy Holly, Ben-Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia
          Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go
          U-2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy
          Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

          We didn’t start the fire
          It was always burning
          Since the world’s been turning
          We didn’t start the fire
          No we didn’t light it
          But we tried to fight it

          Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land
          Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion
          Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania
          Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson

          Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician Sex
          J.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say

          We didn’t start the fire
          It was always burning
          Since the world’s been turning
          We didn’t start the fire
          No we didn’t light it
          But we tried to fight it

          Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
          Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
          Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline
          Ayatollah’s in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan
          Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal, suicide
          Foreign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz
          Hypodermics on the shores, China’s under martial law
          Rock and Roller Cola wars, I can’t take it anymore

          We didn’t start the fire
          It was always burning
          Since the world’s been turning
          We didn’t start the fire
          But when we are gone
          It will still burn on and on and on and on
          And on and on and on and on…

          We didn’t start the fire
          It was always burning
          Since the world’s been turning
          We didn’t start the fire
          No we didn’t light it
          But we tried to fight it

          We didn’t start the fire
          It was always burning
          Since the world’s been turning
          We didn’t start the fire
          No, we didn’t light it
          But we tried to fight it

          We didn’t start the fire
          It was always burning
          Since the world’s been turning
          We didn’t start the fire
          No, we didn’t light it
          But we tried to fight it

          • [not a Dr]

            Now google-translate to French, then translate the results to German, then to Dutch.
            He’ll have no choice but to sing it all day long.

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            The only line I’ve retained from this song throughout the years is “Eisenhower, vaccine, England’s got a new Queen” for some reason. This was literally how I was taught history in the seventh grade; our teacher briefly explained what each name and term in the verse referred to.

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            I had never bothered to read the lyrics to this song before, as I was a dumb kid when it was released. Now that I’m a dumber adult I was going to comment on how Billy Joel has no place on a Metal Website but then I read the lyrics “Heavy Metal suicide” about the fiasco surrounding Ozzy and Judas Priest being tried for allegedly influencing fans to commit suicide. So I guess Billy Joel earned his place on a Metal website.
            Regarding your teacher using the song for a class, that’s really neat.
            It would be great if teachers decide to devote a whole semester to Sabaton’s “Heroes”. More people should know who Witold Pilecki is.

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            Anything that encourages anyone to study history is a good thing in my book! The more people actively study history, the better. For the power metal fans, Sabaton is probably a great “hook” for the subject and that’s awesome.

          • Carlos Marrickvillian

            I always thought that the chorus lyrics should’ve been…

            We didn’t start the fire
            We just poured the petrol
            and passed the matches

        • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

          Didn’t know it was in three languages, thanks for the info! French is looked down upon in Leuven (there was a whole thing with universities so we have KU Leuven and a French one called Louvain or something), so everyone here knows Dutch and English. In Canada our French version of the anthem is completely different, so we have a similar deal in that sense I suppose, but one less language.

          • I think German is very very small in Belgium. But when they get official about things, they get official, haha. Leuven’s university is beautiful by the way. I was there just once, for work, loved it!

      • [not a Dr]

        We kind of have that same two-nations-within-a-nation situation in Canada… As an immigrant, I don’t feel too strongly about it one way or another. But, as a resident of Québec, I witness the effects on a daily basis.

        • And I bet there are some native inhabitants of Canada that would like to have a word about nationalism as well.

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          I lived in Southern Ontario for about 4 or 5 years. I onced went to Quebec for a long weekend and it was really like going to a different country. In the long run immigration is likely to dilute that effect.

          • [not a Dr]

            There is a law to prevent that.
            And it’s been doing a great job of withstanding the Supreme Court attempts to dismantle it, forcing immigrants whose native tongue is not English to send their kids to French school, forbidding the sale of DVDs and video games that do not have a French track in stores and enforcing bigger signs in French than in any other language (except English on federal buildings: equal representation because we’re in a “bilingual” country).

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            Oh, I wasn’t talking about the language… I was talking about inmigrants to Quebec not feeling more “Quebecois” than “Canadian” and not wanting Quebec to split from Canada.

          • [not a Dr]

            That is the federalist strategy. However, protection of the French language and getting the immigrants’ kids to follow the French schools’ version of history classes are helping maintain the Québecois identity. Netflix is more likely to wash away the distinctions between the cultures.

        • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

          Yeah, I’m not sure if anyone’s forgiven Quebec fully for the dreadful Pierre Trudeau or, on a far worse note, the vile terrorists of the FLQ. Because of that and the whole “you all have to do French because of us!” thing, I doubt there will ever be a normal relationship between Quebec and Canada, sadly.

          • The irony, from what I’ve heard anyway, is that even the French doesn’t recognize the québecoise as proper “French”. (But do arrest me if I’m wrong, for I’m not entirely sure about this.)

          • [not a Dr]

            Paris is the ONLY place in the world where French is spoken “without” an accent. Nothing else is proper French to them. The Académie de Langue Française (France) doesn’t recognize the edicts of the Office National de la Langue Française (Québec). No one in Québec really cares (about one or the other).

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            It’s true, apparently people who speak French as they do in France find Quebecois French to be practically a different language.

          • The Nerd.

            Out in Alberta we haven’t forgiven them for Trudeau the First. FLQ was well before my time but they sounded like a less successful IRA

          • [not a Dr]

            Québec is not majorirary enough to have elected PET by itself, so share the blame! And no one in Québec has forgiven Alberta for Queen Stephen the First (although I just saw he’s originally Ontario’s fault).

          • The Nerd.

            Stephen Harper is 10x the PM PET was. He didn’t successfully split the country 3 ways ( West, East and Quebec)

          • [not a Dr]

            Bunch of clowns. Every single last one of them. Taking credit and/or blame for whatever their party and its investors tells them do do.

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            Quebec seems to know that they need the rest of Canada much more than the rest of Canada needs them, so at least that part has calmed down. Trudeau the Younger is just salt in the wound of the Trudeau “legacy” too, so forgiveness won’t come quick in that regard!

          • [not a Dr]

            Now you are making me sound as if I’m on someone’s side (I’m only on my wallet’s side, because I buy metal with it)…
            I remember that, just before the last referendum, there was a massive grant of Canadian citizenship to immigrants living in Québec that hadn’t done the minimum time as permanent residents. When you get your citizenship, you swear allegiance to Canada, its Queen and all her descendants. Voting YES on that referendum would have amounted to breaking their oath. Many of those immigrants were refugees from war-torn countries, so they had even more reasons to want their new country to not split. We were seeing demonstrations of federal love from the other provinces who didn’t want Québec (and their contribution to the “peréquation”) to leave.
            Now that Québec taxes helped fund the infrastructures for oil extraction in the west, I guess the rest of Canada doesn’t need Québec as much as they used to. But the Maritimes still need us to pay for their seasonal unemployment.

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            That was my fault, I should’ve been more clear; Quebec folks I’ve met have been great, and I was referring to the radical separatists, because I’d wager a lot of Quebecers would just want what’s best for them and their families as opposed to some arbitrary nationhood. They probably came to realize (through gritted teeth) that it would be pretty tough going without the rest of Canada; a lot of treaties would need to be made, especially regarding trade, tariffs, Hudson Bay, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, to name a few things. And Canada as a whole has more bargaining power than Quebec, so they would likely be unfavourable to them.

            RE taxes: we do this weird equalization payment thing that comes out of the 5% federal taxes we all pay, so PEI technically would come from all of Canada in that sense, because seasonal unemployment would lower their overall revenue/ability to generate tax dollars. If I remember correctly, PEI receives the most per capita, and Ontario the most in sum, with Quebec in second for total received. Ontario is the most indebted sub-sovereign borrower in the entire world, so it sorta sucks that we have no real impetus to get out of debt so long as we have the government teat to continually suckle on. To paraphrase Tocqueville, it’s like the authority of a parent, if the parent was trying to keep their offspring in perpetual childhood instead of preparing them for adulthood. I guess in some sense Ontario needs Canada more than Canada needs Ontario, Quebec needs Ontario less than Ontario needs Quebec, and Quebec needs Canada more than Canada needs Quebec.

          • [not a Dr]

            The separatists do have a point. Even the hardcore ones. It just wasn’t strong enough to convince enough people to reach a majority despite the cheating that happened (probably on both sides: this is a democracy after all).
            But nothing can justify the terrorism into which the FLQ devolved. Education seems to have solved at least THAT issue.

    • When reading that second to last paragraph, I decided to comment on it too. I love that song, but as you state, it might be because it was available first. Also, when I’m not reviewing something, I just “hear” it. It might have changed if I listened concentrated to it for a dozen times.

    • Syn

      I agree, She Who Names the Stars is fantastic! Followed closely by Dead of Winter.

    • Matt Heath

      I agree. I cant pick a song that i dont like. This album is brilliant. And she who names the stars is one of my favourites. Not sure what he was talking about

  • Kronos

    Woods V is one of my favorite records ever. It’s soul-crushingly sad.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Its also soul-crushingly sad that Woods Of Ypres will never release another album due to David’s passing away.

    • Mine too. No album is as depressive as that one.

      • Col_Dax

        And no song so impassively desperated as “Finality”.

        • Syn

          For me it’s Alternate Ending. Kills me every time.

    • Blueberry Balls

      A Swarm of the Sun’s most recent release is pretty soul crushing. Have you heard it?

      • Kronos

        Never got around to it, but I’ll give it a try.

    • Patrick Bertlein

      Check out Altars of Grief.

  • AlphaBetaFoxface

    “With the average song length being about nine and a half minutes, I was worried that we’d need to call the same elite team of proctologists currently trying to find the head of modern philosophy to take a break from that and find Thrawsunblat’s.”

    Sentence/10

    • [not a Dr]

      What they need is a Proctodontist!

    • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

      Rating: Sentence!/5.0

  • Davy Bonnevalle

    Loved Woods, loved the Thrawsunblat Wanderer album, and after a couple of listens, I’m gonna love the crap out of this album as wel ;). Right so, to be proud of this Canadian work. And as a Belgian native…well err…I’m Flemish really. Death to the King! ;)

    • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

      Glad you like it! Also since you’re actually Belgian and not just living here for a short time, what’s the best beer you guys have? Always curious because a lot of Belgians have a different one and they’re always good.

      • Norfair Legend

        Belgians are my favorite, the beers at least. Never been there myself.

  • Oscar Albretsen

    Not really my style musically, but, man, that album cover is simply gorgeous!

  • Alexandre Barata

    Gotta give it to Canada, you guys know how to make cool atmospheric Black Metal!!

  • Tom Hardy

    If anything, that boring Centinex track sounded better than this. Can’t help but picture the band dressed up in LOTR gear running around a big barked tree, round and round, in circles, repeating jumping/hopping dance moves because that’s how over-done this genre is. Funny to read Mgla in the tags *shaking my head*

    • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

      If you don’t like folk-black, you won’t like this all too much. Mgla was in the tags because they were mentioned in the review. That’s an amusing image though, didn’t get that at all listening to this. Creative!

    • [not a Dr]

      From the lyrical theme, I believe they would be dressed as Native American Injuns and preparing for the Great Ghost Dance of August 17 2017 at 10:32 AM.
      And the proper way to headbang looks more like a violent nod than a shake of the head.

      • Tom Hardy

        Your version’s marginally better than mine because of how specific it is, time stamps included. I like the idea of a violent nod. Think the situation could be amplified if the nod is such where they all take an in-step towards the tree, a tree so massive where it would take 6/7 dudes to surround it if they stood in a circle and at key moments you have them action the violent nod, striking the trunk of the tree, then stepping back and continuing to perform said Great Ghost Dance of August.

    • Col_Dax

      For me, it weren’t necessarily some of the melody lines (like for Diabolus) provoking reminiscences of Mgla. Rather the same style of a desperately forward pressing rhytm section, when they let go.
      And – more respect for tree huggers, please, otherwise Treebeard will thwack you like an Isengard Ork… ;-)

      • Tom Hardy

        Rain forests are one of my loves, so cheers to that mate.

  • Hammersmith

    As much as I liked Pursuit of the Sun Allure of the Earth, Woods got increasingly cringey from a lyrical perspective for me. It was a huge turn off, and while it is sad about David Gold, I had kind of given up on them. But I like what I’m hearing from this embedded track, and I’ll probably check out the rest of this album.

    • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

      I’d agree for Woods IV, but Woods V was a big improvement over that lyrically. “Travelling Alone” has to be one of the overall kindest “I don’t like God very much” songs in metal history as well, which was a bit refreshing. This is definitely worth checking out though, it’s quality stuff.

      • Shawn Cypher

        Really late to the show here. I just heard “Maritime Shores” on my iTunes random and went, “Man I wonder if Thrawsunblat ever released another album?” Found answer. Purchasing now on iTunes!

        That being said. I fucking loved Woods 4. Which is odd because I loved Against the Seasons so much and they’re so very different. I dunno, I just really liked that blackened Type O Negative style that he started. And I’m a huge TON fan so it just worked.

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    Hey Diabolus, you forgot to mention that Woods 5 features the CN Tower on its cover…

  • Monsterth Goatom

    Very effective cello work. And I also miss Woods of Ypres. Never heard a vocalist quite like David.

    Nice to see this review coming on the coat tails of Canada Day. Hope my fellow Northern Metalheads had a good July 1st. I’m going to try to make it to Ottawa next year for our 150th birthday. Should be an extra-special celebration.

    • [not a Dr]

      The best spot to watch the fireworks used to be Alexandra bridge…
      I think they close it now for security reasons.
      We go watch them every year on the Gatineau side, behind the Canadian Museum of History. Bring a picnic, stake out a spot. Free admission to the museum, which also houses the Children’s Museum (which is the only reason the kids accept to spend the day there waiting for the fireworks).

      • Monsterth Goatom

        Cool. Thanks for the tips!

  • bla bla bla cannucking quackery. Happy booze and guns day everybody!

    Also this album isn’t half bad but not really in keeping with the 4th.

    • [not a Dr]

      Honor the Founding Fathers.

  • DoublePedalGangstaMetal

    “While there’s the odd thing about contemporary Canada that I’m not exactly proud of…”
    What does this allude to?

    • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

      A few things I won’t get into here because I don’t want to start political debates or anything, but Google “Wynne government scandal” and/or “Ontario Liberals scandal” if you have some spare time, because reading through them will take a lot of it!

      • DoublePedalGangstaMetal

        Fair enough. I probably will check your suggestions out, I’ll admit I know embarrasingly little about your country.
        But then again, why mention it in the first place?
        Anywho, have a good one. Cheers and thanks for the only metal site I keep coming back to.

        • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

          Cheers, and thank you for coming around here!

          I mentioned it as a way of saying I don’t like everything my country does, but I love my country nonetheless. I’m almost glad you haven’t heard more, because we’ve embarrassed ourselves a few times recently.

          • DoublePedalGangstaMetal

            Coolio. Thanks for the reply mate.
            Of you are proud of your country, and so you should be (also when it comes to metal). Anyone who cannot see flaws once in a while would be a raging nationalist – and rarely anything positive comes from that. I’m fiercely proud of where I come from, but we’ve surely not put ourselves in our normal cutie-pie limelight the last year (Denmark).
            That being said, Rob Ford was a hilarious treat for outsiders:)

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            Ford had his demons, which was unfortunate because they overshadowed how great of a mayor he was. Denmark seems like a nice place though, one worth being proud of in a lot of senses.

          • DoublePedalGangstaMetal

            What the man did right or wrong the rest of the world didn’t get to see, alas. In his darkest hour I saw a man who needed a hug. I’d be the first to offer him om one.
            Even though I haven’t lived in Denmark for quite a while, if you do go there lemme know, I’ll get you a bed with a metal brother. Chuck might have passed, but those aren’t Empty Words.

  • Reese Burns

    Never been a big Woods of Ypres fan, but I’ll check this out.

  • Akira Watts

    I’m currently in the midst of obsessively spinning this album. Not sure if I’ll burn out on it in time, or if it will end up on a year end list, but I’m certainly enjoying it thus far. There are moments when the cello line and blast beats come together so perfectly it gives me chills.

    I kind of get the issue with “She Who Names the Stars,” though I’m not sure I agree 100%. It’s the least interesting piece on the album (though that is, at least for me, a pretty high bar) but since the album itself is a coherent whole, it’s still rather vital. And, further, “She Who Names the Stars” was the first track I happened to encounter from the album. It may be the least of the tracks but still, heard in isolation, it was one of the best things I’d run across in weeks – more than enough to pique my interest in the entire album.

    • [not a Dr]

      I may just need to buy this too.

    • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

      It’s also right after what may be my top song on the record too, so that surely didn’t help either. I wouldn’t get rid of it because it would ruin the record, but in my mind that song being less than great was the one thing holding this back from greatness.

  • De2013

    Sounds great. Will check them out on bandcamp! Embedded song could be nice replacement for Belgian national anthem.

  • For anyone curious check the lyrics, they are available on bandcamp and for me they take the record well into excellence.

    • Syn

      Absolutely. The sheer scope of the entire story… (and length)!

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    So, is anyone not from Canada here?

    • Monsterth Goatom

      It’s sort of a maple syrup love-in around here today, isn’t it? I apologize.

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        I’ll get into the Canadian spirit of things too and apologise for mentioning… but I’ll do it Australian style IN LOUD ANOYING UPPERCASE….
        SORRY!!!!!

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      So, you’re not from Canada, eh?

      • Hulksteraus

        Like me, Carlos is from Down Under ?

        • Carlos Marrickvillian

          I think even a few of the Aussies here are from Canada originally!

    • The Nerd.

      Sorry. We didn’t mean to make such a noise. Come my fellow Canucks, let us go to Timmies and get a double-double and maple glazed donut

    • Blueberry Balls

      Eh hoser?

  • “a simple type of happiness along with a world-worn sense of melancholy” feels like a very apt way of presenting the essence of the atmosphere of huge chunks of Metachthonia.

  • Thraeg

    This is neck and neck with Cthe’ilist (hmm, something in the water in Canada?) for my favorite album of 2016 so far. After dozens of listens, and especially after reading the lyrics, I’m still appreciating new wrinkles. It was my first exposure to this band, and after digging into their catalog, 2013’s Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings also became an instant favorite.

  • brklyner

    Today on AMG I learned a little about maritime folk metal and a lot about Belgium and Canada. So, thanks!

  • I like the music, but not the production. When there’s a blast beat and even sometimes when the kicks are really fast the mix just falls apart. It sounds like the whole thing is pumping. The cymbals sound broken. I don’t think I can get past it and enjoy the music. It’s a shame.

  • mtlman1990

    Im in love with this album. Its right up there with the new Sig:Ar:tyr album.

  • Adjudant

    Fires That Light the Earth, what a song!