Alda: A Distant Fire-2021.

Alda: Atmospheric Black Metal from United States.

Discography:

DemoDemo2009 
AldaFull-length2009
:Tahoma:Full-length2011
PassageFull-length2015
A Distant FireFull-length2021

Members:

Stephanie KnittleBass, Cello, Vocals (female) (2007-present)
Timothy BrownGuitars (2007-present)
Jace BrutonGuitars, Vocals (additional) (2007-present)
See also: ex-Draugluin, ex-Satus
Michael KorchonnoffVocals, Drums, Bodhrán, Harmonium (2007-present)
See also: With the End in Mind, ex-Satus, Ekstasis, Novemthree, River

Complete Line-Up:

Stephanie KnittleBass, Cello, Vocals (female) (2007-present)
Timothy BrownGuitars (2007-present)
Jace BrutonGuitars, Vocals (additional) (2007-present)
See also: ex-Draugluin, ex-Satus
Michael KorchonnoffVocals, Drums, Bodhrán, Harmonium (2007-present)
See also: With the End in Mind, ex-Satus, Ekstasis, Novemthree, River
Current (Live)
VinesGuitars (2018-present)
See also: EigenlichtFaunaIgnisSadhaka, ex-Threnos, Ekstasis, Fearthainne
Past (Live)
Matt GodseyBass (2010)
See also: ex-Addaura, ex-Oakenheart

One thought on “Alda: A Distant Fire-2021.

  1. SmallPoxie, October 18th, 2021
    Written based on this version: 2021, Digital, Eisenwald

    Alda comes back with a new release, 6 years after their previous LP. I was kinda curious to see if Alda was trying something new or sticking to their classic atmospheric black metal formula. Turns out that the answer is… both!

    First of all, we need to remember that Alda plays a style of black metal similar to Agalloch, Panopticon, or Skagos. So their formula is pretty known already. Was the formula used here? The answer is Yes! Was the formula well executed? Absolutely! Alda continues with the use of acoustic guitars, the classic black metal blast beat, the use of clean vocals and the melancholic tremolo riffing. Even if all those elements were used in previous albums, Alda somehow always comes up with something new and fresh. So this means that Alda didn’t try anything new on this album, right? Wrong!

    On several occasions, Alda adds something new to their classic formula. It’s NOT progressive metal but, on “Drawn Ashtray” and on “A Distant Fire”, Alda uses beats and rhythms that the band has never or rarely used before. “A Distant Fire” is also the band’s longest track, clocking at 16 minutes and 37 seconds. And now, let’s talk about the songs themselves…

    “Stonebreaker” is probably the most “Alda” song on the record. A track with the classic (and pretty good) tremolo picking and slow blast beating. Great song but pretty standard. The “standardness” (I don’t think that’s a real word) ends with “Drawn Ashtray”, which contains amazing clean singing and also a drum rhythm that pretty much convinced me to listen to the entire album after the song was released as a single. “Forlorn Peaks” is another bright spot, and the outro of the song is absolutely majestic. “A Distant Fire” is the perfect closer. Beautiful clean singing, tasteful acoustic guitars, really fast drumming and an amazing outro.

    There are a few low points on the album. “Loo-wit” is honestly a pretty mediocre interlude. The drum sound is strange, it kinda sounds “over-produced” at some points. Despite all of that, the album is close to perfection. I don’t hesitate to say that this Alda’s best album.

    Best songs: Stonebreaker, Drawn Ashtray, Forlorn Peaks, A Distant Fire
    Weakest song: Loo-wit

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