Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Fuath - "Blood" (2015)

Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Country: Scotland

Fuath is the side project of Andy Marshall, the man behind black metal band Saor. For those of you unfamiliar with Saor, do yourself a favor and check them out immediately - 2014's Aura is an exceptional atmospheric black metal release delving in resplendent Celtic melodies and wondrous tales that will make you want to drop what you're doing and buy the first ticket out to Scotland. Fuath in a way is very similar; Marshall definitely has developed his style as far as crafting atmospheric black metal, but as the cover art would suggest, his newest endeavor transports you to snow-covered mountainsides as opposed to rolling green hills. It's actually very impressive how he's able to compartmentalize various influences and write projects behind one certain motif - this one being winter. Inspired by classic black metals like Burzum and Darkthrone, premiere track "Blood" is an exciting excursion into the frostbitten wilderness. These days, "cold" black metal is a dime a dozen; every band and their mom strive to create a wintry atmosphere, and as result, that sound has become completely played out. Not only are bands now sounding too similar, but they fail utterly to reach the treacherous heights of the classic bands. Fuath succeeds where these bands fail, creating a compelling and fresh soundtrack to your winter season. If "Blood" is any indication, Marshall's upcoming with Fuath, I, will be fucking excellent. You can listen to the track below.

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