Woods of Ypres - Pursuit of the Sun & Allure of the Earth (Krankenhaus Records) - Back
I'm usually quite insensitive about one-man projects because you just can never seem to get that pure and relentlessly aggressive or melodic feel to any large extent. I would, however, be a liar if I said Woods of Ypres fell into the same caliber... on the contrary. Woods of Ypres (fronted and created by David Gold) has created an extremely versatile and melancholic "summer" conceptual doom/black metal release. "Pursuit of the Sun & Allure of the Earth" is David Golds' second album under the Woods of Ypres blackened title and for sure, the most sophisticated so far. When I played it for the first time, I was awe-inspired by the frequently used harmonious acoustic guitar and clean vocal passages. That was the biggest difference between this release and the first one. Although there seems to be a bit less black metal written, a doomier approach certainly has not hurt anything musically. There are also black metal elements and angelic female vocals intertwined here. "The End of August" and "Shedding the Deadwood" are probably my two favorite tracks on this release, but it is very hard to skip over any tracks. This is phenomenally beautiful! For fans of Opeth, Novembers Doom, Agalloch, and such... words of wisdom: Play this disc at a small bonfire gathering of friends under a starlit summer sky, relax and drink!

Rating: 93

Reviewed By: Thomas Mitchell