What exactly is ‘nature metal’? I don’t know, it’s just a label I slap on stuff that has heavy themes of nature either in the lyrics or music itself. Often it turns out to be some kind of trippy black metal band, but I don’t just restrict it to that. Today being Earth Day and all I thought I’d post about some albums I really enjoy from this ‘genre’ as it is one of my favorite subgenres of metal.
Since I like Bandcamp a lot as well and thick everyone should be buying from there, I am restricting this post to records that are available there as well as streamable in full so you guys can give them as listen. Also, one record per band and stuff that is somewhat modern. If you have any ‘nature metal’ albums you’d like to recommend to me, please, I’d love to hear about it in the comments! Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
While The Light that Dwells in Rotten Wood has been out for some time, yet I only stumbled upon it not to long ago after catching a recommendation of it from Panopticon’s FB page. I guess I got to get that first feeling of amazement that went through many long time fans of the band when this record first dropped in 2011. This record is one hell of a shattering work of art. Needless to say, 2 tracks into my first listen, it was an insta-buy.
A huge canvas gets covered with moods, imagery, and colors that would come from Bob Ross if he happened to be a black metal fan. Well pronounced melodies collide with goosebumps-inducing atmospheres and well thought out songwriting guarantees that you will be hooked into the music as it takes you on a journey through verdant mountain ranges and shimmering lakes. And while the misanthropic lyrics work to warn what our incessant negativity and lack of respect for nature will do to humanity, there is genuine love and optimism tucked away in them.
Lucky for me, Falls of Rauros have a new album releasing shortly this year, so expect for me to drool all over that the moment I get my hands on it. I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out and when you can get it in the near future. Until then, if you fancy yourself a fan of bands like Agalloch, Panopticon, Windir, and Saor, do yourself a huge biggun’ and give this record a spin. This linked remaster is the version I bought and while I can’t speak for the original master, the quality of the sound and production is out standing as it pours from my headphones. Enjoy!!! And as always, if you like what you hear be a chap and toss the artist a few shells and give the record a download. Peace Love and Metal!!!!!
It should come as no surprise I am a big fan of musicians embracing the idea of infusing heavy metal with traditionally not-very-metal genres. Stuff like Diablo Swing Orchestra’s brand of ‘New Orleans swing metal’, Blood Ceremony’s ‘jazz flute metal’, and Ihsahn’s ‘sexy sax metal’ all tickle my fancy. So, when I caught wind that one man black metal band Panopticon had released an album that was to be a combination of atmospheric black metal and traditional bluegrass, my interest was piqued to say the least. I love me some atmospheric black metal and I totally dig on some bluegrass, what could possibly go wrong. In theory, the stark differences between these 2 styles would lead one to believe that the combination would be quite jarring when blended together, hence why no one until now has released a full album of the mix. But in the hands of Kentucky native Austin Lunn, his passion for both styles of music and love of his home state have led to one of this years most interesting and best releases.
The genre term being tossed around to describe Wolves in the Throne Room is Cascadian Metal, and I think that label fits them very well. When you listen to one of their albums you get a heavy dose of accents and audible images of trees, moss, plants, wildlife, and huge cascades all wrapped a style of metal that builds and builds upon itself creating dense and cascading moods and images. It’s the kind of metal that you can really lose yourself in as the music has the ability to put the listener into a sort of meditative trance. If forests listened to metal, Wolves in the Throne Room would be one of their favorite bands.
Take a look at the picture of the album cover artwork over to the left there. That picture pretty much sums up what to expect from Marrow of the Spirit by Agalloch. It’s dark, wintery, foreboding, and overflowing with a viscous atmosphere. As you immerse yourself in this album you will take a harrowing walk through the haunted forest that Agalloch has grown and when you finally escape its chilling grasp it will stick with you for a long time to come as you constantly cough up chunks of that viscid air that you were inhaling throughout your journey, and it couldn’t be a more rewarding experience.
Summer is officially here and it’s f’n hot outside. Here’s a song that will chill your body to the bone. Along with cooling your body down it beautifully captures the wonder and glory of nature during the winter time in musical form as well as creating a graceful yet haunting atmosphere. I know it’s a bit of a long song, but it is well worth your time to close your eyes and get lost in the majesty of Agalloch‘s “Black Lake Nidstång”.