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TheLoneForest
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Joined: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:16 pm
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Location: Quebec
PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2022 8:10 am 
 



Announced a few days ago, ran under my radar. New single is great, very different though for the band.

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Benedict Donald
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Joined: Tue Aug 24, 2021 10:36 am
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2022 9:30 am 
 

That was really uplifting. Great song, great guitar work.
An instant purchase upon release.

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Evoken
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Joined: Thu May 13, 2004 11:02 am
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2022 10:24 am 
 

I was pleasantly surprised about the vocals. Andy's finally dialed back the monster Raaah Raaaah Raaah! vocals in exchange for a more normal growl, and the result is so much better. I always thought the weird monster vocals were often distracting and took away from the music, and rarely, if ever, added to it. I would have much preferred a normal growl on the earlier Saor albums, or more clean singing like he did on the first Falloch album. I can't completely tell if he's changed his technique, or removed some studio effect on them so they sound more natural, but I'm happy to see the change. Hopefully it's the same for the rest of the new album.

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Dullahan
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Joined: Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:17 pm
Posts: 149
PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2022 4:40 pm 
 

Dunno, guys. I'm starting to think this guy really likes Scotland.

In all seriousness, the vocals have indeed improved to a noticeable degree. The songwriting also seems less bogged in repetition; if this was a track from Aura, it would probably be two to three minutes longer and have louder tin whistles.

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TheLoneForest
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Joined: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:16 pm
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Location: Quebec
PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2022 8:56 pm 
 

Dullahan wrote:
Dunno, guys. I'm starting to think this guy really likes Scotland.

In all seriousness, the vocals have indeed improved to a noticeable degree. The songwriting also seems less bogged in repetition; if this was a track from Aura, it would probably be two to three minutes longer and have louder tin whistles.


True, but Aura is still far and away the best thing he's ever done

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the_bard_of_osyrhia
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Joined: Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:40 pm
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Location: United Kingdom
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2022 8:58 am 
 

I have to echo the appreciation for Andy's slightly dialed back harsh vocal approach. These mid-range growls suit the song nicely and it's cool that he's changing up the method a bit. The shorter song lengths on this one are intriguing too. He's proven himself very adept at writing long-form epics so this should be a nice twist on that.

As for the song itself, I definitely like it and it's got a more choppy melodic approach than a lot of his older stuff. One of the main melodic riffs feels very similar to the one from Tears of a Nation though but I suppose plagiarising one of your own best songs isn't much of a crime.

I'll definitely stick this album on on my yearly trip up to the Scottish highlands as his stuff really comes to life in that setting.
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Rottir
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Joined: Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:48 pm
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2022 10:01 am 
 

Really grown on me after 10-ish listens. Stoked for the album.

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the_bard_of_osyrhia
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Location: United Kingdom
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2022 12:09 pm 
 

Beyond the Wall has just been released.

I think this one is excellent. More vicious than the first single and every bit as beautiful and evocative as Saor is known to be.

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Benedict Donald
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Joined: Tue Aug 24, 2021 10:36 am
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2022 12:49 pm 
 

thanks for posting. That's a majestic song! Looking forward to this one!

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matras
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Joined: Sun Apr 15, 2007 6:01 am
Posts: 1196
Location: Sweden
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2022 2:16 pm 
 

That second song was remarkably generic, by the numbers and fantastically uninspired. And I liked the first single

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TheLoneForest
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2022 9:06 pm 
 

Sounded great, I loved the little break in the middle. Not as good as the first single, but still great. And yeah, it's a bit generic, but I don't expect anything innovative from Saor, just f e e l s
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Eh Pop is meant for money garbage to be honest. You can really tell that the mainstream society are truly obsessed with it. They can really just love the very clean vocals and all the time they don't even use guitars.

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Zephirus
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Joined: Wed Aug 03, 2005 1:37 pm
Posts: 534
Location: United Kingdom
PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2022 4:57 am 
 

yeah the first track was the better of the two
not a huge fan of this band but don't mind giving them a listen now and again.
like those videos

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Kalaratri
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Joined: Wed Aug 05, 2020 3:22 pm
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2022 4:13 pm 
 

The full album stream is up now:


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TheLoneForest
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2022 7:47 pm 
 

Songwriting is very different this time around. Got that Season of Mist money haaha
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