IN THE WOODS... — Heart of the Ages

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Album · 1995

Tracklist

1. Yearning the Seeds of a New Dimension (12:23)
2. HEart of the Ages (8:22)
3. ...In the Woods (7:50)
4. Mourning the Death of Aase (3:33)
5. Wotan's Return (14:52)
6. Pigeon (3:00)
7. The Divinity of Wisdom (9:07)

Total Time: 59:10

Bonus track for Japan:
8. White Rabbit

Line-up/Musicians

- Ovl. Svithjod / Vocals
- Christian "X" Botteri / Guitars
- Christopher "C:M." Botteri / Bass
- Oddvar A:M / Guitars

Guests:
- Anders Kobro / Drums

About this release

Misanthropy Records
Catalog#: AMAZON 004

Released as Digipak CD, Jewel-case CD, DLP and tape. Artwork By [Paintings] - Thorbjørn Haugland
All musical and lyrical creations thought forth by artist involved in "In the Woods...", apart from statements written within quotation marks. Heart of the Ages was, and is evolved with passion at Star Studio, Iceren, from November - January 1994 - 1995.
All sounds were set in time by Trond Are, Bjorn "Berserk" Harstad and "In the Woods...".
This album is mastered at Masterhused A/S Norway.

Bjørn "Berserk" Harstad - Producer
Thorbjørn Haugland - Artwork

Thanks to bartosso, adg211288 for the updates

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Warthur
Starting out firmly in black metal territory - Emperor member Tchort was in an early lineup - In the Woods rapidly evolved into a much more complex affair, combining bursts of black metal aggression (as on Wotan's Return, which features the blast beats, walls of guitar noise and shrieked vocals you expect of black metal) with Pink Floyd-esque space rock moments of tranquility and classical-inspired passages on synthesiser. The electrifying mixture makes for an incredible debut album which, whilst it regularly returns to the band's black metal homestead, wanders through other musical realms even more regularly than Ulver's debut, and masters each style the band turns its hand to.
UMUR
"Heart of the Ages" is the debut full-length studio album by Norwegian metal act In the Woods.... The album was released in 1995 through Misanthropy Records. In the Woods... have strong ties to the Norwegian black metal scene but their music is much more experimental than many of the more traditional black metal bands.

The riffing in the music have influences from melodic black/ death metal bands like Unanimated and Dissection. There are post metal influences here too though. The slow doomy riffing that is a trademark in that genre is also present here. Layers of synth is also a big part of "Heart of the Ages". The music is overall quite melodic. All tracks are of a good quality but "...In the Woods" is my favorite here. The singing is both clean and black metal raspy. Sometimes the singing is in the strange/ psychadelic vein of Ved Buens Ende which is an artist In the Woods... bears some resemblance too.

The music is generally played with conviction. The only thing negative thing I´ll mention is the drums. They sound untight to me and Anders Kobro´s drumming style is not very sophisticated. The tempo is slow- to mid paced and it´s especially in the mid tempo sections there are problems with the drum style. They play very straight forwared. I think it sounds like German heavy metal from the eighties and that drumming style is not fitting the rest of the music very well.

The production is a very thin sounding black metal production and a better sound quality could have done these songs more justice. My overall impression of "Heart of the Ages" is still pretty good though. I´m intrigued and want to hear more music from In the Woods... and that´s always a good sign. Bearing in mind that there are a couple of flaws I think a 3 star rating is fair.

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