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4.04 | 8 ratings | 1 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Open the Gates O Forest Keeper (3:21)
2. To Lost and Ancient Gardens (2:47)
3. To Higher Climes Where Few Might Stand (7:50)
4. To Souls Distant and Dreaming (5:39)
5. In Deep and Wooded Forests of My Youth (4:40)
6. The Sound of Hunger Rises (6:02)
7. The Sound of a Glinting Blade (4:51)
8. The Sound Which Has No Name (7:46)

Total Time 42:56

Line-up / Musicians

- Ali Meador / vocals
- Brent Vallefuoco / guitars
- Sam Meador / keyboards, acoustic guitar, vocals
- Matthew Earl / percussion, winds, vocals

Releases information

Label: Erthe And Axen Records
Released 22 August 2017

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XANTHOCHROID Of Erthe and Axen Act I ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(62%)
Good, but non-essential (12%)
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Review by Warthur
4 stars This first part of a two-part concept album finds Xanthochroid slipping from the progressive black metal of their debut album to a sort of "blackened progressive metal" sound, with extensive symphonic and folk touches and even more emphasis given to storytelling than the debut. As with Immortal, Xanthochroid's music is focused on exploring the band's made-up fantasy world, but Immortal have never gone as full Decemberists as Xanthrochroid do when it comes to the theatricality of their composition. It might not be absolutely groundbreaking, but it's a more than pleasant prog metal-with-teeth piece which makes me want to listen to the second album to hear the rest of the story.

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