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A Forest of Stars release 4th Full Length Titled "Beware the Sword You Cannot See"

[Feb 28,2015 4:23pm - Burnsy ""]
This album is insanely better than their previous effort in my opinion. You can listen to it here:

A Forest of Stars - Beware the Sword You Cannot See Bandcamp

From Prophecy Productions:

"It is the year 1895. The mysterious Gentlemen Club A Forest Of Stars publicises its fourth opus in the current format of a phonograph cylinder: "Beware The Sword You Cannot See".

With this offering, A Forest Of Stars make good on the promise given on the predecessor "A Shadowplay For Yesterdays" (2012). The compositions are more adventurous and bold, more eccentric and progressive, yet still melodic and accessible like never before. Conceptually, A Forest Of Stars likewise hark back to older issues and develop them further. Whereas "A Shadowplay..." depicted moral decay based on an individual fate, "Beware The Sword..." transfers the topics of demise and insanity into metaphysical spheres. Accordingly, the sound alchemists' music becomes more universal.

The effect of A Forest Of Stars' new album is similar to what the first mechanical reproductions of music at the end of the 19th century achieved: The aural experience leaves the audience equally stumped and euphoric. Be it the compelling nine minutes of opener "Drawing Down The Rain" (which is accompanied by an animated music video that considerably dwarfs even the impressive clip for "Gatherer Of The Pure"), the sprawling "Virtus Sola Invicta", which comes close to Scandinavian Progressive Rock's finest moments due to its folkloristic-acoustic interludes, or the sexpartite "Pawn On The Universal Chessboard", which sums up and transcends the group's contextual essence - "Beware The Sword You Cannot See" both maintains tradition and innovates, elaborating on an unmistakable style in the light of a complex yet still approachable concept and eventually a new yardstick for other purveyors of allegedly visionary, extreme Metal to be measured by.

Release date: 27.02.2015
North-American release date: 03.03.2015 (not shop, just distribution)

Available editions:
- CD Digipak
- Gatefold 2LP (180g vinyl, black) incl. special vinyl mastering, landscape format poster, etched side D, printed inner sleeves and PVC protection sleeve (500 copies)
- 2CD box (each one hand-crafted by the band) incl. bonus CD with three additional songs, 9 cards with artwork and lyrics and a little bottle of tea leaves (500 copies)

1. Drawing Down The Rain
2. Hive Mindless
3. A Blaze of Hammers
4. Virtus Sola Invicta
5. Proboscis Master Versus The Powdered Seraphs
Pawn on the Universal Chessboard
6. Part I: Mindslide
7. Part II: Have You Got A Light, Boy?
8. Part III: Perdurabo
9. Part IV: An Automaton Adrift
10. Part V: Lowly Worm
11. Part VI: Let There Be No Light

Bonus CD "Valley Of Desolation EP" (only box):
1. Gestation
2. Catafalque Caravan Quandary
3. Plastic Patriarch Lynch Squad (Enduring December)
[Feb 28,2015 4:47pm - MotleyGrue ""]
Great band and I will check this out.
[Feb 28,2015 4:57pm - Burnsy ""]
I'd be shocked if a better album came out this year. I've listened to it thrice. The production, writing and performance are the best I've heard from them without a doubt.
[Feb 28,2015 4:58pm - Burnsy ""]
At this point, my favorite track is "A Blaze of Hammers".
[Feb 28,2015 9:23pm - the_reverend ""]
I'm sure this is goingto be awesome. thanks! listening to it now.
[Feb 28,2015 10:12pm - the_reverend ""]
wow... sounds a lot like Current 93 or nature and the organisation.
digging it.
[Feb 28,2015 11:15pm - truth  ""]
beauty reaps of the blood of solitude is one of the greatest albums ever recorded. too bad all those guys hate each other.
[Mar 1,2015 10:26am - the_reverend ""]
I have a gold CD version of it that is amazing. the best.
[Mar 1,2015 12:37pm - bad bands  ""]
almost as good as forest of remorse
[Mar 1,2015 1:06pm - Burnsy ""]
Whatever, you like Pantera.
[Mar 1,2015 2:19pm - xmikex ""]
Ehhh I'll give it another listen. I absolutely loved the first two records, but thought Shadowplay was their weakest effort. I might 100% change my mind on this by next week though.
[Mar 1,2015 2:54pm - my god  ""]
black metal kids are really running out of titles these days. 'beware the sword you cannot see'? stuppppid
[Mar 1,2015 4:23pm - Narcosis ""]
good record
[Mar 1,2015 5:58pm - Burnsy ""]

xmikex said:Ehhh I'll give it another listen. I absolutely loved the first two records, but thought Shadowplay was their weakest effort. I might 100% change my mind on this by next week though.

Haha dude, I almost "tagged" ya in this post because we have essentially the same opinion of shadowplay. I remembered your review in CO.
[Nov 22,2016 5:44pm - susurrate ""]
i find this to be a really good album.
[Nov 22,2016 9:51pm - Burnsy ""]
If you can find it, the three song bonus EP is pretty great as well. No metal not that one. I still find myself coming back to this album pretty often. Great stuff.
[Nov 23,2016 8:09pm - Massmissim  ""]
Good music
[Mar 13,2018 2:00pm - susurrate ""]
hitting this one up again playing bloodborne. fits quite well.

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