Roel de Haan : A Forest Of Stars hails from the UK and have specialised themselves in a sort of Victorian style black metal. 'Opportunistic Thieves Of Spring' is their second album and is being re-released by Lupus Lounge after its initial release in 2010. In six very long songs totalling 72 minutes A Forest Of Stars takes you on a fully immersive musical journey. Strings provide a typically Britain atmosphere while repetitive guitars (slightly akin to Wolves In The Throne Room) built up tension. The already overwhelming atmospheric presence is aided even more by use astral sounding keyboards and ingeniously placed ambient interludes and contemplative acoustic guitars. Not to mention the soothing female vocals in the song 'Starfire's Money'. By using unconventional song-structures the band keeps the attention level required for this rather hard-to-digest kind music high. Maybe this could be called the British equivalent of Negura Bunget's 'Om'. Although this is hardly folk-like. Epic, progressive and totally original, 'Opportunistic Thieves Of Spring' is a thoroughly engaging experience that any serious black metal enthusiast with a penchant for unconventionality simply cannot afford to miss.