Album Title: Through the Fog Behind the Trees
This is the first full-length from Anwech, an Italian band playing obscure black metal.
The sound on this tape is quite muddy. The screamed, echoing vocals are easy to make out, but the synth and guitar fade into a sort of fugue layer in the background. The drums sound like they're a machine to me, but it's a bit hard to tell.
In terms of songwriting, this band leans heavily on atmosphere. Each song has a couple of riffs which are repeated, with variations, while the synth and vocals float on top. It's a bit like old Graveland, but much noisier and less cohesive. There are some powerful moments here, like the menacing section at the center of "A Glare...", but you'll need patience to get anything out of this record. The thick production and minimalist nature of the music makes Anwech tough to enjoy. Still, I liked quite a bit of this -- "A Flame Wavering Through the Twilight" has some neat melancholy guitar work, and the clean vocals near the end of "Obscured By the Supreme Night" are lovely. "Rise to the Sky, Flame of Desire" has a great main theme, one that's unfortunately swallowed by noise by the end.
There's a lot of promise in this band, but they really need a better production. As is, only the most stalwart fans of obscurity need apply. If you thought Transilvanian Hunger and Nattens Madrigal were a bit too clear, you might want to check this out. Otherwise, it's not recommended.
Standout Tracks: "A Flame Wavering...", "Obscured By the Supreme Night", "Rise to the Sky, Flame of Desire"