Maglor – Call Of The Forest

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Reviewed: September 2012
Released: 2012, Sounds Of The Land Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Canadian Metal Spotlight-Part 2

About once a year or so I’ll dig down deep into the frozen permafrost of the Canadian Metal scene and share some worthy releases with a wider audience. Since we don’t get summer up here in the Great White North I’ll bring you a little cold front of Metal albums and a quick review of seven recent albums by newer bands from coast to coast. Being a Canadian writing for a Canadian site it is the least I can do, in a patriotic sense, to help give a little exposure to my fellow Metallions of the north but that doesn’t means they get a free ride, just because they are Canadian! These bands actually deserve your attention;

Auroch (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Begrime Exemious (Edmonton, Alberta)
Black Moor (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)
Dark Forest (Calgary, Alberta)
Maglor (Calgary, Alberta)
Odium (Walkerton, Ontario)
Ze (Calgary, Alberta)

Please feel free to check out the other reviews in this feature. Last month we featured:

Demona (Quebec)
Haiduk (Calgary, Alberta)
Kemilon (Montreal, Quebec)
Striker (Edmonton, Alberta)
Titan’s Eve (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Valfreya (Montreal, Quebec)
Ye Goat-Herd Gods (Calgary, Alberta)


I haven’t counted but there must be almost 100 Metal bands from around the world that have named themselves after a person, place or thing found in J.R.R. Tolkein’s fantasy trilogy, LORD OF THE RINGS. Calgary’s Maglor is the latest band to draw inspiration from those great works and while choosing that series for your band name isn’t all that original at least they choose a name that hasn’t been used before. CALL OF THE FOREST is the band’s debut and it is apparent the trio have put some thought and energy into their art. Starting with the obvious, the presentation is nice, it’s a good looking digi-pak, with nice graphics and a few pictures, but no lyrics. The six-track album runs at about 50 minutes with three of the songs well over the 10-minute mark.

It’s so easy to label things when writing a review but if we must Maglor plays Black Metal with Pagan/Folk influences. There is quite a lot going on in this record. In the first song (after an instrumental opener) the cut ‘Skoger Av Doden’ shows how diverse this band is; female vocals, keyboards, orchestration, atmospheric passages, some sound-effects (ravens, walking in snow) synthesizers, acoustic guitar lots of drums and a well-done harsh vocal. The songs all blend together and in my mind this is great headphone material as the album feels like a cohesive whole, rather than just a collection of songs. Although the term is over-used it applies and that word is ‘epic’, or even cinematic. There is a very grandiose, overarching theme or fell to the album but the never leave behind the heaviness of the Black Metal. They remind me a little bit of a pair of lesser-known Black Metal bands, Darkwoods My Betrothed and Night Conquers Day. I’m extremely impressed by the creativity and quality of CALL OF THE FOREST. Maglor have a long future ahead of them if they wish.


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Track Listing:
1. The Meeting of Land and Water
2. Skoger av Døden
3. Summoned
4. Under the Night Sky
5. Endless I Wander
6. Call of the Forest

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