It’s no small secret that a good chunk of black metal fans are LotR nerds. It makes sense, the themes and imagery found in Tolkien’s sprawling epic shares much of the same themes and imagery as black metal. #ForlornCitadel channel the extensive lore of the Rings saga on their debut album #SongsofMourning.
Forlorn Citadel aren’t exactly doing anything new on Songs of Mourning. They tread paths beaten down by bands like Summoning and Moongates Guardian, but they do enough to establish their own identity. Throughout the album there are plenty of ambient moments that wouldn’t sound out of place on a dungeon synth album. Unsurprising, since the band’s first demo was entirely ambient.
Spanning three massive tracks, this is an impressive debut album. On the technical side of things there’s not a whole lot happening here, but Forlorn Citadel subtractive to the idea that less truly is more, and they manage to create vast soundscapes out of relatively few riffs.
That said, there’s no small amount of sampled sounds, jingling bells, and synthesized folk instruments. These are hardly game changing concepts, but I’m a sucker for this sort of stuff, and Forlorn Citadel do it very well. I genuinely feel that if the LotR soundtrack was recorded with guitars, it would sound like this.
This isn’t a very long release, but there’s enough here to make me anxious for more. This is a rock-solid base for Forlorn Citadel to build a discography on, and I can only imagine it gets better from here. Perhaps Forlorn Citadel aren’t ready to join the ranks of Canadian Brood and Summoning yet, but they sound like they’re well on their way.
Release date: Mar 20th, 2018
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