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Lord Wind - Ales Stenar

Lord Wind - Ales Stenar
January 28, 2012, 03:37:08 AM
I am eagerly awaiting my copy of this record.

Has anyone heard it yet? What are your thoughts?

Re: Lord Wind - Ales Stenar
January 29, 2012, 11:30:43 AM
From the samples, it sounds excellent; pleasing, simple intervals interwoven with long melodies. It also seems like he opted to reduce the amount of synthetic sound on the album.

Re: Lord Wind - Ales Stenar
February 02, 2012, 06:26:13 AM
Got this in the mail today. There's a lot more real folk instrumentation and less of a reliance on synthesized stuff, mostly because of the addition of a full time fiddle player. It seems like Darken is experimenting more with dynamic variations in the style of Romantic classical music, but the whole album still has a very medieval/meditative feel to it. The greater depth of layering and variety of sounds that first surfaced on the Cold Winter Blades EP makes itself known here as well. Seems damn good overall so far, but I've only given it one listen.


Re: Lord Wind - Ales Stenar
February 09, 2012, 03:02:25 PM
Has anyone heard it yet? What are your thoughts?

I've only listened to it once but UTTERLY OUTSTANDING!

Re: Lord Wind - Ales Stenar
February 09, 2012, 10:00:21 PM
will someone please post the fucking archive already

Re: Lord Wind - Ales Stenar
February 09, 2012, 11:12:33 PM
will someone please post the fucking archive already

haha!  It's up already - Ales Stenar  Thanks to ksava, of course!

Re: Lord Wind - Ales Stenar
February 10, 2012, 04:12:34 PM
will someone please post the fucking archive already

haha!  It's up already - Ales Stenar  Thanks to ksava, of course!
The file is either corrupt or the upload is the incomplete album. Only two songs came with the compressed file.

Re: Lord Wind - Ales Stenar
February 10, 2012, 08:52:02 PM
I've had this for a few weeks now, and I've got to say that it's absolutely worth buying if you enjoyed Atlantean Monument. I really like how Darken can really own something so simple as a synth patch, like those Valkyrian choirs. It used to be just a setting on a Yamaha or whatever, but ever since Darken found it, it's the Graveland choir. He does a really good job exploring all the ways you can use a particular synth patch. The earliest he did this was with the horns on Celtic Winter: those really low trumpets. A shit-ton of other bands tried to copy that sound (e.g. Nargaroth's first album), but it's still the Graveland horn. On the newest Lord Wind, the main synth patch he uses is this weird harp/guitar thing (don't know the name), and once again, he does it really well.

Re: Lord Wind - Ales Stenar
February 10, 2012, 11:44:53 PM
will someone please post the fucking archive already

haha!  It's up already - Ales Stenar  Thanks to ksava, of course!
The file is either corrupt or the upload is the incomplete album. Only two songs came with the compressed file.

It worked for me, but I'll just re-upload what I got in the first place, anyway.  See if that works.

Re: Lord Wind - Ales Stenar
February 11, 2012, 05:44:18 PM
will someone please post the fucking archive already

haha!  It's up already - Ales Stenar  Thanks to ksava, of course!
The file is either corrupt or the upload is the incomplete album. Only two songs came with the compressed file.

It worked for me, but I'll just re-upload what I got in the first place, anyway.  See if that works.

That did it, Thanks!

Re: Lord Wind - Ales Stenar
February 11, 2012, 08:29:09 PM
Been listening to this all day. So far, absolutely great. The new organic instruments give it some mellowness and allow him to slow down sometimes. It's less robotic in general.

I still wish he'd drop or de-emphasize the drums even more, and the movie sample at the beginning of track eight is not a really good idea. But the rest is probably his best work. Hope this one makes it into stores.

Re: Lord Wind - Ales Stenar
February 12, 2012, 05:31:21 PM
My only complaint so far is the movie sample, it just makes me think about Conan for the rest of the album, rather than focusing on the music.  This is definently the most Conan The Barbarian soundtrack sounding album he has produced to date, especially with Cult of Seth and Temple of Snakes.

Re: Lord Wind - Ales Stenar
February 12, 2012, 06:34:27 PM
Temple of Snakes is actually a cover of a certain piece featured in the movie. The sample was probably necessary.

NHA

Re: Lord Wind - Ales Stenar
February 12, 2012, 07:07:56 PM
Someone mentioned the oriental influences earlier. The first song samples the second which in turn is probably influenced by the third.

Thousand Swords - Intro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW-V2b3XNXw 
Conan the Barbarian - Escape from the Tower of Set (second half of the song): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKkWVozsZUM
Mohammad Reza Lotfi - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Sjq7bvSTjM

Anyone happen to know the title of the third one?

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Some early music for the sake of being a link spamming faggot:

Bernard de Ventadour (Langue d'Oc):
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KRdHgHeNNA

Unknown (Spanish):
   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXiYBrrxA7w

William IX, Duke of Aquitaine (Langue d'Oc):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBPqouHXZgc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQQRe3NK_C8