AGES: TWILIGHT OF EUROPE
CD: Supernal Music FERLY028 
Of The Black Plague
Birth Of The Antichrist
Art Of The Dark Ages
Fate Of The Templars
Rise And Fall Of Empires
Formulas Written In Blood
is due. Respect shall be given. Say the words ‘Black / Extreme metal
music’ and you’ll find me on the floor pissing myself laughing.
If ever there was a musical genre that I just don’t ‘get’
its 1000mph guitars, drums and grunting dickheads…normally dressed
in black with hair down to their assholes…singing (ha) about Beelzebub
and shagging virgins on alters. Not for me. Not in a million years. So
to find out that Dark Ages is a debut release by a member of Ukrainian
metal act Hate Forest has thrown me slightly. No way. Impossible. It just
CANNOT be. Yet the facts speak for themselves. Respect. Then I find out
that Dark Ages doesn’t have an official website. Even more respect.
Be mystical. Keep the punters guessing. Play it cool and they will come.
And they will flock to this release. They will flock because "Twilight
of Europe" is a triumph of dark ambience and neo-classical music
set over eleven tracks and charting the age of prophecy, plagues and alchemy
from the Middle Ages onwards. The Dark Ages of man where the sword and
church went hand in hand and the land was raped and pillaged all in the
name of God. The age of burning heretics and drowning of witches thanks
to ignorance and fear. The age of crumbling empires and depraved despots
with the blood of millions on their hands. This musical sojourn through
those happy heady days of death and sex are brought fully to life by this
ultra creative artist. The melodies are divinely exquisite and infectious.
No songs. No samples. The music not requiring those intrusive interventions.
Instead he concentrates on building up the atmospheres utilising all manner
of electronics and normal instruments in ever imaginative ways. The grand
illusionist making you question everyt hing you hear and dragging you
into his vision of the past. The sheer depth and range of these pieces
almost overwhelms with an urgent poignancy. A pessimistic panorama of
desolate music for a destitute period of history realised in the present.
"Twilight of Europe" has achieved all that the artist could
have possibly hoped for. A quintessential release of outstanding emotive
music that has defied all expectations and deserves a wider audience to
his unquestionable talents. This release comes in a standard cd case with
a nice booklet of ancient art depicting scenes that the music conveys.
And all this from a metal head. Wonders will never cease.