ANCIENT WISDOM

Atmospheric Black Metal / Symphonic Black Metal • Sweden
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Ancient Wisdom is a Swedish atmospheric black metal/doom metal act. The band was initially formed under the name Pain who then became Ancient, releasing the demo In the Eye of the Serpent in 1993. After this Ancient become Ancient Wisdom and released their next demo Through Rivers of the Eternal Blackness in 1994.

Ancient Wisdom released their debut album For Snow Covered the Northland in 1996, though it was actually recorded in 1994 but delayed due to technical issues. During the time period frontman Marcus E. Norman (aka Vargher) decided to continue Ancient Wisdom as a solo project.

Since then he has released a further three albums, The Calling (1997), ...and the Physical Shape of Light Bled (2000) and Cometh Doom, Cometh Death (2004). Though Ancient Wisdom has been silent since then Marcus E. Norman can be found playing in bands such as Naglfar and Eudaimony.

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ANCIENT WISDOM For Snow Covered the Northland album cover 3.94 | 8 ratings
For Snow Covered the Northland
Atmospheric Black Metal 1996
ANCIENT WISDOM The Calling album cover 4.25 | 4 ratings
The Calling
Atmospheric Black Metal 1997
ANCIENT WISDOM ...and the Physical Shape of Light Bled album cover 4.30 | 5 ratings
...and the Physical Shape of Light Bled
Symphonic Black Metal 2002
ANCIENT WISDOM Cometh Doom, Cometh Death album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
Cometh Doom, Cometh Death
Symphonic Black Metal 2004

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ANCIENT WISDOM Through Rivers of the Eternal Blackness album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Through Rivers of the Eternal Blackness
Atmospheric Black Metal 1994

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ANCIENT WISDOM For Snow Covered the Northland

Album · 1996 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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For Snow Covered the Northland (1996) is the debut full-length album by Swedish black metal act Ancient Wisdom. While Ancient Wisdom went on after this point to be the one-man act of frontman Marcus E. Norman (also known as Vargher), during this early period Ancient Wisdom was a full band. The album was recorded in 1994.

Here Ancient Wisdom plays a style of atmospheric black metal that uses keyboards for its atmospheric effects, which sometimes manifest as being folksy such as during In the Land of the Crimson Moon, while still leaving a lot of room for a more direct approach to songwriting with the guitars themselves often coming closer to melodic black metal standards, as is the case with a track such as Through Rivers of the Eternal Blackness. There are also some doom metal inspired passages to the album, though the pace of the whole thing is generally quite subdued, intending for the listener to absorb everything that's going on rather than setting out to kick arses with blistering riffs or trying to sound as evil as possible. Non-metal elements such as acoustic guitars and piano tend to appear in the form of transition tracks, as well as the intro piece A Hymn to the Northern Empire, which combines piano with Marcus E. Norman's growls to form a very dark setting the stage kind of piece.

The end result is an effective soundtrack for the sort of wintery landscape portrayed by the album's cover artwork. While there are some aspects that I would have liked to hear Ancient Wisdom exploring more, notably eerie quasi folk melodies like that heard towards the end of In the Land of the Crimson Moon (which makes it the best track to my ears), which do appear again during final track The Sleep Within (in truth a bonus track from an earlier demo) For Snow Covered the Northland is generally speaking a well crafted and strong debut album that I'd say is well worth owning...if you're lucky enough to find it. I'm sure that the review heading above was taken note of, this is part of my review series, which means that this isn't an easy album to find. It'll be 20 years old this year (2016) and from what I can tell from my research online it hasn't seen any official reissue since, while Ancient Wisdom as whole hasn't released anything since 2004, though Marcus E. Norman is still active with other groups such as Eudaimony and Naglfar. I have seen used copies come up in the usual places but prices tend to be towards a higher mark than a second hand CD album should rightly command. Fortunately unlike the first three entries I wrote about for this review series For Snow Covered the Northland can be found on Spotify, which hopefully means there is more of a chance that one day an actual physical reissue will be on the market.

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