Hailing from Finland, Druadan Forest (V-Khaoz) explores the most mystical, folkloric realms between the shadows of black metal and pure ambient music.His third album from 2019 “Dismal Spells from the Dragonrealm” is genuinely crafted to create atmospheric and mystical soundscapes.
Following that epic synth-heavy split with THE TRUE WERWOLF in 2018, Druadan Forest delivers a more plaintive and stripped-down expression with the aptly titled Dismal Spells. Whereas the full-length predecessor The Lost Dimension understandably maintained a slightly more optimistic air, here with Dismal Spells does V-Khaoz plunge deeply into the darkest past, evoking dead-silent castles buried by time and dust.
This expression of Druadan Forest is arguably his most dungeon synth-oriented thus far, but within those stricter, more traditionalist parameters does he create entrancing spells that duly transport the listener to forgotten realms. One need only give the album’s four component song titles a cursory read to see the landscapes that will soon unfold – “Unsung Spell of No Solace,” “Enthralled by Majestic Winters Eternally,” “The Seizure of Power in the Luminous Lands by the Hands of the Stalking Fiends,” and “No Stars Upon the Black Sea of Macrocosm” – with each track topping 16 minutes, altogether making for a 73-minute journey that feels even vaster than its epic length suggests.
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