Release date: 13 March 2013
Style: Blackened folk metal

Rating:

8.3 | 127 votes

Owners:

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01. Lifelore Revelation
02. Once Fireveined
03. We, The Torchbearers
04. Goose River (Mourners' March)
05. Bones In The Undertow
06. Wanderer On The Continent Of Saplings
07. Maritime Shores
08. View Of A Million Trees
09. Borea (Pyre Of A Thousand Pine)
10. Elegy Across The Silence
11. Song Of The Nihilist
12. I Am The Viator

Review
Lyrics (11)


Line-up
Joel Violette - vocals, guitars, keyboards, tin whistles
Rae Amitay - drums, backing vocals
Brendan James Hayter - 5-string bass

Guest musicians
Jeff Mott - fiddle


Additional info
Produced by Joel Violette and Siegfried Meier
Engineered by Joel Violette, Siegfried Meier, and Dan Gonzalez
Mixed by Siegfried Meier at Beach Road Studios
Mastered by Siegfried Meier at Beach Road Mastering
Artwork and layout by Brett Goodchild

Staff review by
Susan

Rating:
9.5
Thrawsunblat is the incredible new blackened folk metal band formed by Joel Violette in 2009 while he was playing with Woods Of Ypres. Now, Woods is no more, but Joel is still making excellent music, this time alongside Americans Rae Amitay on drums, and Brendan Hayter on bass. And the trio has come up with something quite exhilarating.

Thrawsunblat II: Wanderer On The Continent Of Saplings wastes no time in letting you know immediately what kind of album this is. The first few seconds of the opening track are a bouncy, folksy piano - but then the black metal comes crashing through. This moment, where melodic folk and black metal collide, sets the stage for the musical variety present on this disc.

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published 10.04.2013 | Comments (25)

Staff pick by
psykometal

31.03.2013 Featuring all the surviving members of Woods Of Ypres, these North Americans (1 is Canadian, the other 2 are American) have recorded an outstanding blend of black and folk metals with a good bit of melody.

I never really listened to Woods Of Ypres but from comments I've seen here and there this album is more akin to their black metal era than their later work. Musically, it also reminds me of Panopticon's Kentucky but not quite as "country-ish" and better.



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Boxcar Willy - 27.03.2013 at 03:34  
Rating: 8 Woods Of Ypres Black metal era mixed with viking-esque echo vocals.

Awesome stuff.
Grimskallen - 01.04.2013 at 00:56  
  Woods of Ypres is in my honest opinion superior to this, not that they play the same style, but I see the comparison thrown around a lot.
To be frank I'm disappointed with this album, I was hoping for something better.
*edit* I'm giving it some time still, due to all the good word I see this receiving all over, but I have found that people who listen to folk metal doesn't seem to be the most reliable people when it comes to music taste / reviewing... Well at least not for my taste.
Rodney - 01.04.2013 at 03:06  
Rating: 9 Nice to see this as a staff pick, awesome album. Definitely deserves more attention.
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.04.2013 at 03:39  
  If this is more l;ike black era WoY it certainly will be vastly superior to WoY's last 2/3 albums which were total shite derivative discarded crap era Katatonia and Draconian Times era Paradise Lost wannbees, but failing dismally at it.
Susan - 02.04.2013 at 03:42  
Rating: 10
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.04.2013 at 03:39

If this is more l;ike black era WoY it certainly will be vastly superior to WoY's last 2/3 albums which were total shite derivative discarded crap era Katatonia and Draconian Times era Paradise Lost wannbees, but failing dismally at it.


Oh, god, no. This is NOTHING like those bands. This is pretty much folk metal.
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.04.2013 at 03:47  
 
Written by Susan on 02.04.2013 at 03:42

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.04.2013 at 03:39

If this is more l;ike black era WoY it certainly will be vastly superior to WoY's last 2/3 albums which were total shite derivative discarded crap era Katatonia and Draconian Times era Paradise Lost wannbees, but failing dismally at it.


Oh, god, no. This is NOTHING like those bands. This is pretty much folk metal.


so it is infinitely better than anything Woods Of Ypres has ever put out, wow, must give it a listen.
Susan - 02.04.2013 at 04:08  
Rating: 10
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.04.2013 at 03:47

Written by Susan on 02.04.2013 at 03:42

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.04.2013 at 03:39

If this is more l;ike black era WoY it certainly will be vastly superior to WoY's last 2/3 albums which were total shite derivative discarded crap era Katatonia and Draconian Times era Paradise Lost wannbees, but failing dismally at it.


Oh, god, no. This is NOTHING like those bands. This is pretty much folk metal.


so it is infinitely better than anything Woods Of Ypres has ever put out, wow, must give it a listen.


Honestly, Marcel, I don't know if this would be your thing or not. I don't really know how you feel about folk at all. It's pretty "blackened" at times but then a few other songs are very melodic. Check it out and let me know, I'm very curious now!!

http://thrawsunblat.bandcamp.com/
Unhealer - 02.04.2013 at 07:38  
Rating: 8 Wow, this is certainly some pretty diverse folk. Not at all what I was expecting before clicking the play button, fortunately. Song after song I'm being caught by surprise.
dougver1 - 02.04.2013 at 09:25  
Rating: 9 This is some great stuff!
!J.O.O.E.! - 03.04.2013 at 01:34  
  Comparing this to Kentucky is a bit of an odd one I think, as that album, and the band in general, were more about the whole yokel, appalachian folk thing. I mean it was called "Kentucky" after all. I don't get the same region of folk with this as this is more your standard melodic folk you get with more or less all folky black bands. Quite different to me. Needless to say Kentucky is more my thing but this doesn't sound bad at all really.
Metal_Buff - 14.04.2013 at 08:23  
Rating: 9 Yes this is quite unlike Panopticon's Kentucky, but both are excellent albums in their own rights. That was a folk-laden Black Metal album, whereas this is more of a Folk Metal album with some of the elements of Black Metal which we're used to hearing in this format. But that's not to say it's familiar at all, I can't think of any other Maritime themed Metal of any sort, and we're not going to hear any tales of battlefields and mystical realms. This is much more personal and passionate than anything I've heard in the Folk category, A+!
Diverge - 17.04.2013 at 20:33  
Rating: 7 I think this record has been inflated by users who over-exaggerate the amount of Maritime folk that is actually in this album. It's prominent, yes, and extremely well executed, but not substantially original, to be honest (coming from someone who lived in the Maritimes for a couple of years).

I'm not a huge fan of black-influenced folk metal, and this is a good record relative to some of the utter garbage that has come out the last few years. I thoroughly hope that this group has more luck than Woods did.
hadriel - 20.04.2013 at 23:12  
Rating: 9 This is pretty incredible. Definitely tops my list of favorite albums from this year so far. Haven't been able to stand much of any folk metal releases the past few years but these guys do a great blend of folk-black. While not groundbreaking or necessarily original, it's just a damn solid and well-rounded album that ventures into several really interesting sub-genres.
Druss - 28.04.2013 at 15:12  
Rating: 8 Very enjoyable album.
quisableed - 14.05.2013 at 02:12  
Rating: 8 I've just finished reading the album's name
Stoned Crow - 14.05.2013 at 06:37  
  Spectacular album, thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.
Fradd - 20.05.2013 at 00:05  
Rating: 9 Grew on me immensely
PocketMetal - 12.07.2013 at 19:29  
Rating: 9 Just note that these guys weren't a part of WoY when they played BM.
Dark†SymphonY - 17.07.2013 at 21:46  
  This sounds great, surprising liked it more than I thought.
neonxaos - 19.07.2013 at 16:54  
Rating: 9 The more I listen to this, the more it seems like a seminal piece of work which evolves that whole blackened Canadian sound into something distinct and awesome.
gnirpz - 02.08.2013 at 17:09  
Rating: 8 After few listening, that's grewing on me more and more. That sounds great. I like the how the folk and the black are well mixed there. Good start! I give a 8
oshgar - 19.10.2013 at 02:01  
  Really good stuff, pretty original. Reminds me of Legend of Zelda for some reason.
M C Vice - 06.03.2014 at 10:05  
Rating: 8 And some people say folk metal is dying...
Masonics - 08.03.2014 at 11:58  
Rating: 8 Yes very interesting melodic/black fusion.. Been a while since I heard something this good in that genre. Have not heard woods of Ypres either so this side project has got me interested..
Lionthrone - 07.09.2014 at 01:40  
Rating: 10 Love this album and keep coming back to it. Perfect blend of folk/black/with the occassional clean vocals to smooth out the edges. I'm super excited for what this band will do next. 10/10 for me.

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