A Forest Of Stars – “Beware the Sword You Cannot See”

The Literature Behind Music, Pt. 1. The Review.

I see this album played in a quite special tournament, in all the important castles of the Old Continent; on seedy, tiny and woody scenes, in some amphitheatres. Where the harlequins strangely dance and the ladies dress some robes of state, slightly dusty.

You feel, suddenly, how music intensifies and subsides in a psychedelic rhythm. With its archaic influences, with violins that stitch up the sound and notes of whistles that seem to be broken from stories that reveal the charm of this instrument. Here mice are people; people who let themselves in this enchantment of whistle. And with it, all the others came as one. The violin seems touched by a bow that has broken wires made of unicorn tails. At least that’s what the story tells.

“Drawning Down the Rain”. So is called the first chapter. He introduces you in the world of A Forest Of Stars, without any other complications. The song captures all the items that fit together into this album. It’s that kind of song that describes Everything. The violin, because I really like how is strained in this story, is quite present and has a very well established role. The theatrical of the voice’s intonation and around the musical interpretation, can’t be missed. A song we can make a movie about, not just a music video.

You’re just caught in a vortex. As in a dream, in which you are placed in the middle of events and images and faces are swarming besides your head and everywhere around you. Instead of wanting to wake up, you immerse yourself even deeper.

So, we are dealing with an album that has rather chapters, but songs. Each of these chapters is divided into acts. You go through different states and various interpretations and musical approaches. The female voice comes to dress or, rather, to represent the lady in the image I described above. I like that it’s an album full of … suspense. Yes, it may sound unusual, but there are times when you’re just caught in a vortex. As in a dream, in which you are placed in the middle of events and images and faces are swarming besides your head and everywhere around you. Instead of wanting to wake up, you immerse yourself even deeper and after you go through “A Blaze of Hammers”, this grotesque, dark, aggressive interlude, you came back. You’re back from where you first started. I mean the ”Virtus Sola Invicta” is an extension of the first track, with a moralizing face as message. The first is somehow tragic.

On “Proboscis Master Versus the Powdered Seraphs” intervenes somehow the lull, the melancholic calmness and the female voice is absolutely charming and makes you startle. This song moves something inside you, with a ballad atmosphere, in patches. Maybe you do not know exactly what moves, because we are brave and we never show the world that we are sensitive, is that right?! But you feel it and that’s enough. For now.

“Pawn On The Universal Chessboard”. Here begins another section, another story framed in the existing story already. Divided into six clear chapters, I think these all six tracks can be a six to six on a board game, other than the chess one, if they were to be the subject of a metal opera. It would look and sound grandiose! And how it beseems to a work, a masterpiece, as I think this album is, what’s beautiful is left at the end.

Until the next time, when the old man will tell you other stories, I leave you with what is beautiful, namely … THE END!

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