Ancestors Blood is a band I have never
heard before. The "Pagan Black Metal" tag accompanied the band name on
our list which interested me enough to give them a shot. Based upon
their biography, they were formed in Finland in the winter of 2002.
Their themes express their fascination with heathen beliefs as a way to
pay tribute and commemorate the ancient times with their lyrics
prescribing to old ceremonies and rituals.
If you have been keeping up with what
is coming out of the metal world today, A Moment of Clarity is quite
unusual to some magnitude. There are bands such as Vreid, who have
adapted to a more modern and contemporary sound, but there are also
bands like Ancestors Blood who hold dear to their primitive and
rough sound, production wise. It is sort of a disc out of the
Scandinavian scene in the early 90's, conforming in every respect to
Burzum's "Hvis lyset tar oss" but with broader arrangements and more
reliance on the keyboards.
Having recorded and mixed this release
by the band themselves, long intros and outros are a traditional and
an archaic trademark for Ancestors Blood - primordial, esoteric and
raw as a result, perhaps even too focused on symbolism and not
mainly on the sound which forced the whole thing to become grey and
blunt. Hopefully, that is not carved in stone.