SORROW PLAUGES/DE LA NOSTALGIE/ELDERWIND/DREAMS OF NATURE “Mater Natura Excelsa”

SORROW PLAUGES/DE LA NOSTALGIE/ELDERWIND/DREAMS OF NATURE
”Mater Natura Excelsa”
(Avant Garde/Flowing Downward)

Battle Helm Rating

I know that I in the past have been to hard on split releases and that it might even seem like I hate them but the truth be told is that I have nothing really against them. In fact I kinda like them. So, I have said it. The truth is out there now. This is a four way split of atmospheric black metal / post-black metal divided between a one-man band from the UK, SORROW PLAGUES, a Venezuelan band, DE LA NOSTALGIE, a Russian duo, ELDERWIND and a Colombian one-man band, DREAMS OF NATURE. We get two tracks each from the bands. With a run time of 78 minutes over 8 tracks you know that these are long tracks. The shortest one is close to seven minutes and the longest is close to 13 minutes. SORROW PLAGUES are atmospheric and dreamy. DE LA NOSTALGIE are more old school melodic black metal with a nostalgic touch. ELDERWIND are rather doomy and melancholic and DREAMS OF NATURE are more on the epic side. So here we have four bands that are very different from each other yet at the same time they have something in common that unites them. This is my kinda split. If you, like me, are totally in love with this kind of black metal this is like a dream come true. This album is smack full of really beautiful atmospheric black metal. Anders Ekdahl

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