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King Of The Distant Forest

Mithotyn - King Of The Distant Forest ©1998 Invasion/Death Records
1. King Of The Distant Forest
2. Hail Me
3. From The Frozen Plains
4. On Misty Pathways
5. The Legacy
6. Trollvisa
7. Under The Banner
8. We March
9. The Vengeance
10. Masters Of Wilderness
11. In A Time Of Tales

Mithotyn is yet another band trying to work the epic, medieval and folksy rooted metal sound that has cousins in Bal Sagoth, Thyrfing and others. Tinged with black metal vocals, dramatic male choir sections, bouncy folk guitar leads, and overly long songs, Mithotyn is going to either appeal to those who love this subgenre or annoy the heck out of you. I tend to fall a bit in the middle as this sort of music doesn't do a whole lot to bother me, but at the same time Mithotyn doesn't do much either to captivate me. Breathless I am not. Encouraged to plunder I am not. The biggest obstacle this album faces is a reliance on formulatic song structure where all eleven tracks tend to be built the same way. That is fine for a couple songs but without stirring things up a little the album tends to lag and bog down by the end. I can't fault the band for their abilities as they are all very competent musicians and can pull off their intentions well. King of the Distant Forest unfortunately just lacks the ultimate spark to really interest me.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 11/1999

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