A FOREST OF STARS
OPPORTUNISTIC THIEVES OF SPRING
Black metal served with a hearty slice of experimentation best describes the musical output by UK outfit A Forest of Stars, whose over 70-minute six-track excursion OPPORTUNISTIC THIEVES OF SPRING melds the fury of those who wear spikes and corpsepaint with forward-thinking musical vision akin to post-rock propelling the affair. Draping waves of ambience featuring rich instrumentation from eerie woodwind and string interludes onto its darkened frame (“Raven’s Eye View”), this band maintains a rotten core with mid-paced blasts of mayhem while demonstrating the versatility to intertwine left of center influences and unorthodox styles dating back to the 1900’s cohesively. While purists may consider A Forest of Stars a novelty at best, those who enjoy dramatic and dynamic music with a blackened feel like Ackercocke and Opeth will have little problem diving into this brazen squad’s full-length debut headlong.