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Aurora Borealis

by Dark Forest

Epic & Majestic Canadian Heathen Metal.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Black Metal
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1. Aurora Borealis
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2:40 $0.99
2. Wind and Waves
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9:11 $0.99
3. Thurisaz
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5:14 $0.99
4. Under The Northern Fullmoon
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8:05 $0.99
5. Eternal Forest
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7:39 $0.99
6. Northstar
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8:43 $0.99
7. Journey To Ever-Eternal Skies
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8:11 $0.99
8. Two Ravens Soaring
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5:44 $0.99
9. Warwinds [Bonus]
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2:09 $0.99
10. Under The Northern Fullmoon [Bonus]
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8:21 $0.99
11. Eternal Forest [Bonus]
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12. Among Silent Pine [Bonus]
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Album Notes
Dark Forest is a one-man pagan metal band based in Calgary, Canada.

Dark Forest was created in late 2003 by David Parks. The vision of Dark Forest remains to create a style of atmospheric metal fuelled by nature and heathenism.

Parks began the initial writing process in late 2003 with the song titled Among Silent Pine. While not a metal song, but rather a nature styled soundtrack, it laid the groundwork for Dark Forest songs to come. The writing process continued from here until early 2005. A four track Demo was arranged and released that summer; this was titled Demo 2005. It received many positive reviews, and was hailed one of the most promising demos of that year.

Demo 2005 broke out into the local metal community that summer, and gained much respect and support. Parks continued the writing process to lay the groundwork for his first full-length album. During this same time, a live interest started to appear. A live session line-up was assembled in September of 2005, only two months after the release of Demo 2005. The initial line-up consisted of already established musicians in the Calgary area.

The live line-up played four promotional shows for Demo 2005 in the local area in 2006. With much success, interest also grew in Europe during this time. Media sources labelled Dark Forest 'Vinlandic Pagan Black Metal', but the members prefer to be labelled 'Canadian Heathen Metal'. The month of March 2006 marked the completion of the writing process for Aurora Borealis. It was self-recorded by Parks in summer 2006, and released in September.

Surpassing the amount of support from Demo 2005, Aurora Borealis broke the band through into the pagan metal underground. Aurora Borealis got much attention for being a self-released full-length. Dark Forest was invited to play the Heathen Crusade II festival in the United States shortly after the release. Other performing acts included Bal-Sagoth, Vreid, Skyforger, Månegarm, and more. This marked the first out of Canada performance by the line-up.

In March 2007, Dark Forest signed with Bleak Art Records to re-issue Aurora Borealis, and to release the next full-length album. Parks currently continues the writing process for a new album, and has posted a new demo track online; titled Bjarni Herjólfsson ca. 985CE.


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Solid First Full Length
I love the whole Norse inspired genre of metal i.e.Enslaved, Falkenbach, Einherjar... and i thoroughly enjoyed this album. It's songs are well constructed and the writing is well thought out, he used a bit too much synth work for me and it would have been cool to hear some more traditional and folk inspired instruments. Even though he is from Canada his heathen pride is evident and this is one hell of a first full length. I will be buying his other merch and will also be picking up any future work of his.