Folk/Symphonic Black Metal from Serenissima Republic of Venice
Venice, oh Venice, the good ol’ romantic city. It couldn’t be another place for this Italian powerhouse called Foret D’ Orient (Forest of Orient).
Paying homage to their forefathers, this band can be classified as folk, but they are INDEED a black metal band, with symphonic/melodic elements (I don’t know why people insist in calling them “atmospheric” just because some non-black metal elements, but the style dominant here is black metal all the way.
That said, they recorded a magnificent album that will stay in my memory for a long time, notwithstanding the complexity of their songs.
For instance, the song A Reitia is a burst of extreme melodic music with a strong progressive accent (that imbues the whole album), maybe the heritage of the old tradition of progressive rock in Italian music in the seventies.
Dal Mare Alla Terra Adhuc Viventi has a hard-to-forget riff, that is very harmonic, although the blast beats borrow the extreme black metal dynamics of noise, all of it very organic and of course convoluted.
Lepanto is the apex of this album for it uses orchestral harp that hires a fairily tone to the introduction and it is an earworm. Albeit the song comes again in the old modus operandi: multiplexity all over, intricate music blended with melodic parts, it’s second to none.
Sogno De Vis is quite the same, like a dramatic operetta opening the way to violent music and harsh vocals, this is the symphony of the future.
Dominio Da Mar with its fast change of phrases akin to some tech death metal band is, as always hard-to-get and delicious to hear. The harp appears here over again, and the fairies appear one more time with a clean male vocal, clearly reaching a neo-gothic style, but they don’t sell out and progressively they return to aggressiveness amidst keyboards, sometimes resounding like Borknagar or Enslaved.
Adagio in Sol Minore is the famous piece attributed to Venetian master Tomaso Albinoni and reworked by 20th century musicologist Remo Giazotto. If the names don’t sound any bells, just remember the first Yngwie J. Malmsteen album Rising Force and the citation made in the marvelous epic Icarus’ Dream Suite Op. 4.
Although Foret D’ Orient is a minor band from Italy they do not deserve to be recognized. They ARE GOING to be recognized. I know where the gems are hidden and I know that this band, sooner or later will be discovered and will gain worldwide success amongst metal fans. It’s just a question of time and they are not going to fall into “damnatio memoriae”
Venetia is out now on Visionaire Records
(Daniel “Roderick” Death)