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In the Woods... are an interesting progressive metal band from Norway that began life as an atmospheric black metal band that was a little afraid of playing any actual black metal. The debut release 'Heart of the Ages' has all the fuzzy production quality and dingy atmosphere of black metal, but is still predominantly rooted in slow, elegiac doom metal, the exception being the fast sections of 'Wotan's Return.'
The songs are mostly very long and varied, though structurally inconsistent, the frequent lapses into keyboard sections effectively splitting each track into several different songs. The album doesn't aim to alienate listeners through experimentation however, and the drums are kept relatively simplistic and catchy for ease of listening, though this has the added negative of there being little here that's technically impressive. In fact, it's the shorter song 'Mourning the Death of Aase,' with its effective use of female oration to add background texture, that ends up being the most solid song on here, for its lack of wandering.
1. Yearning the Seeds of a New Dimension
2. Heart of the Ages
3. ...In the Woods
4. Mourning the Death of Aase
5. Wotan's Return
7. The Divinity of Wisdom
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Yearning The Seeds Of A New Dimension
2 Heart Of The Ages
3 Prologue/Moments Of.../Epilogue
4 Mourning The Death of Aase
5 Wolan's Return
7 Davinity Of Wisdom