Fornost Arnor – The Death Of A Rose

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Published on: July 12, 2011

I’m pleasantly surprised by the amount of high quality metal pouring out from the UK the last couple of months. The latest records by Falloch, Visions and Tesseract are all quite formidable. A friend of mine recommended Fornost Arnor to me, an atmospheric/progressive metal outfit from Peterborough, UK. These lads have just released their second album, entitled The Death Of A Rose. Let’s take a closer look.

I’ve never heard of these guys before, however their The Death Of A Rose made quite a favourable impression on me. They’re active in the same field as Opeth, Katatonia, Anathema and Paradise Lost, albeit more heavy on the technical side of things, certainly compared the last three bands I mentioned. The fine art of combining acoustic guitars, death metal and more progressive parts has been perfected by Opeth from their Blackwater Park album on, however the guys from Fornost Arnor managed to give it their own, rather innovative and original, spin to it.

The Fornost Arnor lads appreciate the gentle art of songwriting as well. Compositions like Rogue, Nameless Fear, Lady Heresy and both The Death Of A Rose parts are shining examples of how to incorporate memorable melodies, swirling guitar leads, graceful acoustic parts and heavier, more technical elements with eachother. The combination of the harsh grunts and the fragile clean vocals gives this album a whole additional set of dynamics. Path Marked Unknown and Aspire For The Darkest Hour are two other brilliant examples of what magic these guys have up their sleeves.

Sound-wise things are a little rough around the edges, however it does give The Death Of A Rose a lovely raw bite. The proverbial kick in the nuts if you will.

Fornost Arnor has two things going for them, namely originality and style. The material on The Death Of Rose may not be as refined as the recent Anathema and Katatonia material, however they’re certainly more than capable to hold their own against Opeth and like-minded bands. I’m very impressed!

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