Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: Twilight Fauna's LP "Hymns of a Forgotten Homeland"

For those who don't know, Twilight Fauna is a one man band from USA. This man is Ravenwood and he has been around making music for Twilight  Fauna since 2011 and already released a few works before.
Earlier this year Twilight Fauna released a LP in vinyl format called Hymns of a Forgotten Homeland, in a limited edition of 250 copies, through Fragile Branch Records.
The release has a very good artwork cover as you can see below and all the atmosphere is very intense and matches the cover perfectly.
You have to be in the mood for this kind of thing, is not easy to take in, but is possible once you get into it. Hymns of a Forgotten Homeland has three tracks per side and is very atmospheric and also very hypnotizing. The drums are rare, making it already different. The lyrics are great, very nature inspired but the music sounds more (much more!) aggressive than what the lyrics are about. It is strange, very strange. It has many acoustic parts with no voice, or with whispers, and when you think it will be only that, there comes the enraged bit, which gets a bit noisy at parts. The guitars sometimes remind a lot of the distortion bits on Nattens Madrigal by Ulver. Only the last song of side B Of River Willows is a bit more melodic.
Hymns of a Forgotten Homeland is one of those things that you have to experience, it is very difficult to put into words, so strange and genius it is.

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