Demystifying The Oracle
From the "other Frozen North" - namely, Canada - comes this release from dark metal outfit The Beckoning. Originally a husband and wife team, they released a two-song demo in 2010 before recording and releasing this full length of theirs, Demystifying The Oracle in 2011. They offered it up as a free download via their Bandcamp page, which is where I got my copy of the album from.
The music contained on Demystifying The Oracle is a fusion of extreme metal, gothic and ambient styles that call to mind other bands like Virgin Black, earlier Synnove and Nightwish. The songs strive to maintain a dark, heavy and atmospheric fell to things, to which the band succeeds in a fashion. The production is a tad lacking, and one could make the argument that the songs tend to blur together. But, for a debut full-length that was independently released, Demystifying The Oracle isn't all that bad, and it shows that the band has some tremendous potential. Fans of the afore mentioned bands, especially Virgin Black, should give this one a shot.