Sad - Misty Breath of Ancient Forests (2020)


Unleashing a thunderously frosty release, today we have Greek battalion Sad and their latest full-length release “Misty Breath of Ancient Forests”. Delivering over 54 minutes of raw and crushing Black Metal, this band carries the flame of old-school BM with intensity and gusto. For fans of bands like Horna, Sargeist and similar, this album will pummel your senses from start to end.

The duo kicks off this release with the blistering “Self Hatred”, a track that brings that Satyricon “Mother North”-era vibe but with a sharper edge and pummeling guitars. With a very melodic approach, the band’s frosty style delivers a great contrast between non-stop aggression and well paced melodic passages. Tracks like the desolate “Enjoy Your Pettiness” and the two parts of the album title track create a very hectic and effective atmosphere.

In the excellent headbanging anthem, “White Death”, Sad delivers waves of catchy guitars nicely complemented by powerful shrieks and crafty tempo changes. The duo behind the music does a stellar job in creating simple but superbly catchy and engaging melodies to draw the listener to their songs, just like “Hellish Ride” provides a one-way ticket to old-school BM revival.

Closing with the blistering “Hades Gazing”, we get a certain Immortal-esque vibe from this epic track, sans the comedic factor of Abbath. As a whole, “Misty Breath of Ancient Forests” definitely feels like the frost bitten winter is blowing into our ears with seven masterfully crafted tracks filled with pummeling riffs and well crafted tempo changes. Being a band from Greece, we are quite surprised they managed to capture that raw essence of Scandinavian Black Metal in this very solid release.

Band: Sad Album: Misty Breath of Ancient Forests

Label: Purity Through Fire

Release: October 31st, 2020

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Genre: Black Metal

Country: Greece

Rating: 93/100

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