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Vardan - The Woods Is My Coffin

The Woods Is My Coffin
by Emily Coulter at 16 January 2014, 2:03 AM

If you want to listen to a truly old school black metal sound with depressive lyrics and barely listen able recording quality then VARDAN are the one for you. ''The Woods Is My Coffin'' is the sixth full length album from Italian Black Metal project VARDAN.

''Night Of The Horned Rebirth'' is the first track from the album and does not put it to a good start, VARDAN is talented but his vocals sound excruciatingly painful along with the slow guitars and drums alongside it. The song barely changes throughout with only a tempo change nearing the ending. ''Luciferian Assault'' is much faster than the previous and the vocals are slightly more tolerable. Multi-instrumentalist VARDAN proves in the song he can do a lot more than slow Doom-esque Metal and bring melody together with a blackened vibe.

''Goatcraft'' goes back to the style of ''Night Of The Horned Rebirth'' with its distortion and slow guitars. This is the worst track of the album but still a good effort from VARDAN, at 8.50 minutes long it's hard to keep attention to the song when there's not much change in sound. Penultimate track ''Night Of The Followers Part 1'' is a big improvement to the previous. The song is dramatic but still dark and excites you for the next part of the song; VARDAN has obviously put a lot of effort into creating this piece.

''Night Of The Followers Part 2'' is the final track from the album and gives you a lot more excitement than every other song with it's BURZUM style intro. The drum fills are continuous throughout alongside the distorted guitar which somehow sounds great though it is slightly un-original. The ending is rather delightful.

''The Woods Is My Coffin'' is a good effort from the one man project but it's definitely lacking something which would make the album a hit with the Black Metal fans. VARDAN is original in its Sicilian way with its vocals sounding like a roar from the pits of hell to work with the repetitive guitar work.

1 Star Rating

1. Night Of The Horned Rebirth
2. Luciferian Assault
3. Goatcraft
4. Night Of The Followers Part 1
5. Night Of The Followers Part 2
Vardan – All instruments
Record Label: Moribund Cult Records


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