IN THE WOODS… have been anything but insignificant to the Metal community thanks to this avant-garde milestone. This album ranks high in my all time faves list, I think of it as a musical fairytale; beautiful, dreamy, drawing, obsessive, dramatic and complete, an album that covers most genres and every emotion within the human mind.
The world of ”Omnio” is based on artistic freedom which immediately shrouds its musical potency on initial spins but even after countless rundowns of each track I still find myself perplexed as I keep on discovering new subtle details. It’s still an unrivalled masterpiece in my world but it still hasn’t lost the abstractive character after all these years in my possession.
”Heart Of Ages” was more of a doomy version of Black Metal, the band’s evolution took an unexpected turn (and continued to do so) it seems. Black Metal isn’t the right definition with this album, ok the guitars definitely have that cold and foggy sound which has become the trademark in Black Metal music, but musically the band is always in motion doing everything from Punk, New Age, Psychedelia to Black, Progressive and Doom Metal.
The songs are intelligently written and depict a soundscape that’s full of imaginative tapestries; the sidereal clean guitars and mesmerising female and male vocals add so much to the atmosphere together with the outstanding creative melodies, which brings me to the guitar layering. Now I understand why it took so long to make this album; seldom do I hear so many layers of melodies all at once, every passage has been worked and arranged with the utmost thoughtfulness.
There’s not a single weak track to be found, not even a second is of waste. Tracks that deserve extra amount of praise are ”White Willow” (I just love the guitar parts starting at ) and the epic trilogy of the title track clocking at almost 30 minutes!
It’s sad the band split up, they had a special sound and were one of the few bands that were able to separate themselves from the Black Metal scene. Oh well, ”Omnio” will always stand for many great things, two of which are pretty much decisive for the band’s career: 1) their biggest achievement 2) the soundtrack of their lives. (Online October 26, 2004)