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In the Woods... : Strange in Stero

The music that Norway's In the Woods... play on this album can not be easily defined. It isn't as doomy as 'Omnio', and it most certainly isn't as black as 'Heart of the Ages'. Only clean vocals are used, both male and female, and both are stunning. This album combines elements that are not common in the metal genre, which are blended together to create a rather unique and phenomenal sound.

Moreover, 'Strange In Stereo' is perhaps not even a metal album, but I could not care less. As a fan of doom-metal, the depressive nature of this album is something I enjoy very much. Unusual instruments like a sitar or the viola are used to perfection. Songs like 'Generally More Worried Than Married', 'Ion' and 'Vanish In The Absence Of Virtue', are flawless masterpieces.

All in all, I give my thumbs up to In the Woods... for just having the guts to experiment and drift a bit from metal altogether. This is an extraordinary piece of work. To make a long story short, 'Strange In Stereo' is in my mind the best release of 1999. Great stuff.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Closing In
2. Cell
3. Vanish In The Abscence Of Virtue
4. Basement Corridors
5. Ion
6. Generally More Worried Than Married
7. Path Of The Righteous
8. Dead Man's Creek
9. Titan Transcendence
10. Shelter
11. By The Banks Of Pandemonium

Duration : Approx. 52 minutes

Visit the In the Woods... bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Bojan Janjanin
Forever Autumn
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