BWT1413 PARAMAECIUM - WITHIN THE ANCIENT FOREST (*NEW-CASSETTE, 2022, Bombworks Records) 637405142884
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT WITHIN THE ANCIENT FOREST....
Another pure masterwork only this time with even more symphonic elements, i.e. flutes, violines, chellos, harpsicords, etc. Another element that adds to the appeal is the outstanding opera vocals of Sue Bock, who has an amazing voice. This particular album is a concept album based on a book, also titled "Within the Ancient Forest" written by bassist/vocalist Andrew Tompkins. The story is of a young man in search of truth in a land where immortals, dragons, magic, and the powers of darkness prevail. I have never read the book, but the music is fabulous, even without the storyline.
NOLIFETILMETAL REVIEWS - Scott Waters
This is their peak. You get a lot of folk medieval instruments not common in these bands. You get melodic songs, fast parts, clean vocals, sopranos, spectacular drumming, an involving mood, etc. What else do you want? Not that ‘doomy’ and/or deathly as Exhumed but still surpassed by the maturity of ‘WTAFs’ grandeur.
5 OUT OF 5 RATING
"Within the Ancient Forest" is so fully-formed, and so ahead of its time in the way it capitalizes on and makes full use of musical tactics and techniques that would never be found in such complexity and tightness in the works of Opeth, Therion, and countless other power and death metal bands until a number of years later, that it deserves a huge amount of respect.
SPUTNIK MUSIC REVIEWS
Andrew Tompkins - male and growled vocals, bass, lyrics
Jason De Ron - guitar
Chris Burton - guitar
Jayson Sherlock - drums
Sue Bock, Rosemary Sutton, Annette Dowdle - female vocals
Roxanne Lascaris - cello
Sebastian Lorefice - harpsichord, piano
Judy Hellemons - flute
Mark Kelson - acoustic guitar
In Exordium 4:39
Song Of The Ancient 6:57
I Am Not Alive 9:14
The Grave, My Soul 9:01
Gone Is My Former Resolve 8:31
Of My Darkest Hour 7:36
Darkness Dies 8:46