Passage by Alda (Bindrune Recordings)
Presenting a shattering melancholic artistry that will intrigue the senses of all adventurous music aficionados, Passage by Alda conveys a band at the very height of their creative prowess. Whether it’s the darkly enchanted neofolk commencements, the bewitching shoegaze reveries, or the primitive black metal diatribes, Alda’s visionary music is laced with a grand amount of wonderment and intrigue. Based out of the picturesque confines of Washington State, Alda proves that true innovation may be found within our very own North American metal community. You don’t need to cross the ocean scouring Scandinavian countries to find challenging sonnets to tantalize the ears and mind.
The five songs contained on Passage are true epics depicting the mysteries of the forest and the ultimate reclamation of a time when purity was the essence of all things having to do with nature. Opening track The Clearcut definitely sets the imagination in flight with its auditory odyssey of sound – where musical styles and sonic journeys collide with an astounding amount of sheer mysticism. Title cut Passage then envelopes the listener with its majestic soundscapes.
The famous “You Can’t Cheat The Mountain Pilgrim” line from the classic motion picture Jeremiah Johnson is sampled on the magnum opus combination of Weathering and The Crooked Trial, a two part composition weaving its alluring magic throughout towering pine trees and clear rushing streams. And then closing out the Passage quest is the devastating Animis, complete with thrilling dynamics guaranteed to send a listener into a stratospheric state of unbridled bliss.
Passage by Alda is a passionate work from musicians who place their heart and souls into each and every word and note they unleash upon the world at large. Fans of Agalloch, Alcest, Catherine Wheel, and Drudkh should check into the breathtaking concoctions found within Passage by Alda – surely a vibrant discovery one will wish to revisit time and again.
(Review by Ken Morton)