by Gerry Mak in New Music on Monday 15 December 2008

I love atmospheric, psychedelic black metal, and it doesn’t get much better than the UK’s A Forest of Stars. The quartet uses violin, flute, piano, and other folk elements along with their dissonant guitar washes, terrifying screeches, and demonic growls to create epic, cosmos-expanding incantations that draw from psychedelic rock and shoegaze as much as they do from Norway’s most notorious cultural export.