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LEGION

Graveland
March 02, 2006, 10:01:14 PM
As with any BM, I'm usually skeptical as to which release best defines the artist in question.  I remember I took a chance with Burzum years ago, and essentially, I'm happy that I did.  Filosofem still remains as one of the more important albums ever released, imho.

Now, as of late, I've been most curious with Graveland.  What release best defines Graveland, if I were to start with an initial album?

I found this review of their latest release to be helpful:

http://www.chroniclesofchaos.com/reviews/albums/2-4077_graveland_fire_chariot_of_destruction.aspx






Re: Graveland
March 02, 2006, 10:59:10 PM
"The Celtic Winter" and "Carpathian Wolves" are probably the ones you want to start with.  Much of his later work tries too hard to be epic and comes across as a bit contrived, whereas those two (and also "Thousand Swords", although it's a bit too "eary candy" at times) are far more honest albums.

Re: Graveland
March 02, 2006, 11:10:38 PM
i would start with celtic winter without hesitation. carpathian wolves, thousand swords, and even following the voice of blood would be great additions to any metal lover's archive.

LEGION

Re: Graveland
March 02, 2006, 11:12:47 PM
Yeah, that's what I was mostly hearing about the later material.  Although I must admit, I'm leaning more toward epic sounds.  There's nothing wrong with a "triumphant" feeling of sorts.  Are there any orchestras involved?

Re: Graveland
March 02, 2006, 11:27:39 PM

Re: Graveland
March 02, 2006, 11:29:40 PM
no orchestras in the traditional sense, but there are various orchestration themes here and there throughout the catalog of releases

Re: Graveland
March 02, 2006, 11:32:23 PM
a couple short samples for celtic winter here:

http://www.officialworldgonemad.com/reviews.gravelandcelticwin.html

and samples for following the voice of blood here:

http://www.officialworldgonemad.com/reviews.gravelandfollowing.html

LEGION

Re: Graveland
March 03, 2006, 12:45:00 AM
Thanks for the links.  I'll check them out later after download.  Is there a link as well for "A Celtic Winter", seems as though that is the overall favorite?

Re: Graveland
March 03, 2006, 02:08:50 AM
Thousand Swords is probably their most distinctive (and, I think, best) contribution to the genre.  In many ways, it is an electrified Slavonic folk album composed in a narrative fashion (sort of the black metal equivalent to the debut from Darken's folk/ambient project Lord Wind).  Easily one of the three or four best metal albums ever recorde.  Carpathian Wolves and The Celtic Winter are also excellent, though they are a bit dependent on works by other artists (DarkThrone and Burzum) for my tastes.

Re: Graveland
March 03, 2006, 02:43:49 AM
Errm... CW and TCW are much closer to s/t era Emperor than they are to Burzum or Darkthrone.  They're not reliant on a pulsing ambient beat (in fact, much of those two are in waltz time), and the structuring and usage of repition is much more in line with early Emperor.

Re: Graveland
March 03, 2006, 08:24:57 AM
The Celtic Winter full length:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=4TO128J4

plenty more to hear in the Audiofile section


Darken is nothing if not consistant&reliable, and even his worst works are more reccommendable than 99% of BM

Viriatus

Re: Graveland
March 03, 2006, 09:55:10 AM
Celtic Winter and Carpathian Wolves are standard but excelent black metal with keyboards similiar to early Emperor. Thousand Swords and Following The Voice Of Blood are epic with a more original sound. The more recent albums have better production and are similiar to Bathory's Hammerheart but with "black metal vocals". The most interesting of these is Creed Of Iron.

I would recomend listening to Carpathian Wolves and Thousand Swords. Celtic Winter is also very good.

Re: Graveland
March 03, 2006, 10:10:07 PM
Does anyone actually like the twangy guitar tone on "Following the Voice..." ?

Re: Graveland
March 03, 2006, 10:53:52 PM
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Does anyone actually like the twangy guitar tone on "Following the Voice..." ?



i think it's a brave step, especially in black metal, and i feel it fits the folk style strumming on that album perfectly.

Re: Graveland
March 08, 2006, 09:04:34 PM
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a couple short samples for celtic winter here:

http://www.officialworldgonemad.com/reviews.gravelandcelticwin.html

and samples for following the voice of blood here:

http://www.officialworldgonemad.com/reviews.gravelandfollowing.html


Officalworldgonemad. I lke the site, my first time i've come across it. Who runs it? Very ANUS-y.