Forest Stream, "Tears of Mortal Solitude"
Forest Stream takes its cues from early Opeth on its debut Tears of Mortal Solitude. The songs are long -- up to 12-minutes -- the mood is somber yet the music is melodic, doomy, epic and somewhat organic for black metal, and the arrangements, for the most part, are a bit less focused than they should be. Though the actual material doesn't sound a whole lot like Orchid or Morningrise, Forest Stream seems to really share the same mentality.
Listening to this disc is something you'll want to do from beginning to end. The band has created some serious atmosphere on the album, and skipping songs or playing them out of order doesn't make as much sense. Though "Last Season Purity" is easily the strongest composition, and can be played on its own, it's better to hear it following "Legend" and preceeding "Snowfall." That's the kind of disc this is, and the only real problem with it is that there is a lot of space between the sounds. There's lots of comfortable space that may even allow the listener to drift off to sleep and wake up as "Steps of Mankind" is winding down. If there's one thing Forest Stream might do better on a sophomore effort, it would be to make the songs tighter, and work more into the emptier parts. Still, Tears of Mortal Solitude IS a good album, and it is worth hearing in its entirety even if it submerges you in sleep.
Last Season Purity