Fuath - I
Fortriu Productions
Atmospheric Black Metal
4 songs (41'12'')
Release year: 2016
Reviewed by Jared
Surprise of the month

Two years ago if you had the chance to listen to the album Aura by Saor, the solo project from Andy Marshall, odds are there was no disappointment. A very Celtic, folky black metal experience it was, but this time around Marshall has something yet again to get excited for. His latest offering is his newest solo project called Fuath and the debut album I is indeed a much darker experience than Saor had given us two years ago.

The debut album doesn’t waste any time to get into things with the opener In the Halls of the Hunter. Atmospheric guitar chords ring with an eerie manner, coating it over with a depressive layer of shadowy gloom. The song disbands from the rough blast beating early on in this lengthy track, slowing down to an easier pattern that emits a grand and dreary tone. The best of the album is heard in the following track Blood. The song starts off very upbeat, but soon later will grow a bit more emotional and leave you in a pit of despair. Quality wise, Fuath has a great sense of rawness to it, but does not in the slightest feel like it was recorded in a garage.

With I, Marshall has really pulled his ideas from a dark corner. Many of the tracks may feel a bit repetitive, but it is not at all a problem. The Oracle changes up ideas a bit more frequently than the other tracks do. Not much vocals are found on this one, letting the instruments truly speak with their grim yet epic tone.

To put it simply, the debut album I is just too damn easy to get lost into. Marshall’s latest solo project Fuath comes highly recommended to those who love the atmospheric side of black metal.

Killing Songs :
Blood, The Oracle
Jared quoted 85 / 100
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