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Raventale : After

Much more than a generic Black Metal or Doom Death project from Ukraine, Raventale take the best of both worlds.

Have you ever wondered what the result of early-Anathema jamming alongside Drudkh would be? Probably not, since that kind of meeting would most likely never take place, but it is indeed what may be expected from Astaroth’ project Raventale.

Haling from Ukraine, Raventale release full-lengths at the regular pace of almost one album a year and always through BadMoodMan Music. Being Ukrainian, the comparison between Raventale and Drudkh and/or Hate Forest is not evitable, but then again their sound is very close to Forgotten Legends and in a lesser extent to Battlefields, minus the martial pounding of Hate Forest.

Much more though than some generic Black Metal or Doom Death project from Ukraine (and boy, do they have some...), Raventale take the best of both worlds. The epic and tragic landscapes of Ukraine's forests covered under snow and ice partially melted by the sweet and sour melancholy of British nostalgia. This is quite the feat. Where most 'Black Doom' bands either have too much Black Metal or not enough, Raventale mix the two in such a natural and elegant way that it does sound genuine (what might not be said of a plethora of bands).

Barely going over the 30 minutes mark, After does leave us a bit wanting for more. With most Doom Metal bands releasing insanely long albums often over the hour, it’s quite a shame to leave the listener so early and when the last notes of the album resound, you’ll find yourself wondering how come this was so short. But Astaroth still being a prolific composer, there's no doubt that soon enough Raventale will hit the shelves once again with a new offering, and with such quality at hand, why would we ever want him to stop?

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Gone
2. After
3. Youth
4. Flames
5. Untitled

Duration : Approx. 34 minutes

Visit the Raventale bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-03-15 by Frédéric Cerfvol
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